Dollar Store Christmas Wood Stars

Friends, it's the third Monday of the month (how did that happen) and you know what that means? Time for another Int'l Bloggers Club themed challenge and this month it's all about my favorite holiday, Christmas! These rustic dollar store Christmas wood stars are super easy and inexpensive DIY holiday decor that can be completed in about thirty minutes! But I couldn't stop at just one, so I'm showing you how to give them two different timeworn looks with farmhouse charm.

Hand Painted Red Christmas Wood Stars

Dollar Store Farmhouse Christmas Wood Stars


The wooden stars would make lovely teacher gifts, hostess gifts, neighbor gifts, or secret Santa gifts but you may want to make a few so you can have one or two for your own home too.

Hand Painted White Christmas Wood Stars

Ideas for where to hang the wooden stars

  1. Instead of a wreath, they could be hung on a door or large mirror.
  2. Hang a set along a staircase with faux evergreen garland. 
  3. Set on a fireplace mantel or dining room sideboard.
  4. Place on the top of a rustic, woodland, or farmhouse style Christmas Tree.
  5. Hang a group of three vertically on a wall.

Dollar Store Christmas Crafts

I'm sad to say that this is the last Int'l Bloggers Club challenge of 2019, wow did that go by fast. We are taking a break for the holidays in December. But if you are new here and haven't heard of the Int'l Bloggers Club, we are a group of friends from around the globe who come together every month to share a themed DIY project.

We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and here in Canada. I'm from a hamlet east of Edmonton, Alberta - home of the Edmonton Oilers NHL Hockey Team and West Edmonton Mall, one of the largest malls in the world. We're situated about a 4-5 hour drive east of Jasper National Park and north of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies.

International Bloggers Club Iron 2019 Projects

You'll find links to my friend's Christmas inspired projects at the bottom of the post. For our Flannel challenge in October, I made a special Christmas Eve Santa Box with a thrift store flatware box and a flannel shirt.

My inspiration this month came from these inexpensive wooden stars from the local dollar store.

Dollar Store Wood Stars Before

With very little paint and just a few supplies, they look like they've been around for decades and have that simple old fashion Christmas charm.

Dollar Store Christmas Wood Stars

What you'll need to make them

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Here's how to make the DIY rustic wooden stars


They are so easy to make and the paint dries super quick with this dry brush technique.

Step 1 - Drybrush wooden stars

Dip just the tips of an inexpensive chip brush into water-based chalk or acrylic craft paint. Dab the excess paint onto a paper towel. You want the brush to be dry - hence the term drybrush. Do as many layers as you like. My preference is to swipe one direction and let the paint dry (mere minutes) and then swipe the opposite direction. Two coats are usually enough to get the look.

Dollar Store Wood Star Whitewashed

Just use light pressure on the brush. The goal is to make the wood look like faded paint that has been aged over-time. I used FAT chalk paint in the color Red Barchetta on one star and white Behr Chalk Decorative Paint on the other.

Step 2 - Aging the painted wooden stars

Now we want those painted stars to look even more weather-worn and it's so easy to get the look with a brown wax. Brush the dark wax over the dry paint and wipe with a lint-free shop rag to remove the excess wax. You can see the difference between the waxed middle and the unwaxed sides of the red star in the photo below. See how the wax nestles into the grain of the wood?

Dollar Store Wood Stars Dark Waxed

Time to add some embellishments to make the rustic wood stars look festive for the holidays.

Step 3 - Add a wreath to the rustic wooden stars

The small grapevine wreaths may look familiar because they are identical to the same ones I used on the Rustic Christmas Joy Signs.

Simply attach a six-inch grapevine wreath onto the middle of the wood star with a hot glue gun. Tie and simple bow with a 3/8-inch plaid holiday ribbon and hot glue it onto the top of the grapevine wreath.

Dollar Store Wood Stars With Grapevine Wreath

Tuck a couple sprigs of faux evergreens behind the bow and we're done!

Dollar Store Wood Stars With Faux Evergreens

See, I told you it was easy!

If you have any questions about this simple Christmas craft, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!

I'd be so thankful if you pinned this idea or shared it with a friend. With gratitude! -Marie



Please join me by clicking the links below to see how my talented friend's made these lovely Christmas ideas.

Int'l Bloggers Club Christmas Challenge
  1. Northern Feeling
  2. A Crafty Mix
  3. Raggedy Bits
  4. Unique Creations By Anita
  5. Interior Frugalista (Mine)

I share my projects at these inspiring link parties.

27 comments

  1. Wow, I didn't realize they were so big until I saw the one piccy with the star and the glue gun. How lovely Marie and they sure do look like they've been around for a long time. Love the red one. If I didn't see your tutorial I would have said that one came straight out of Santa's workshop ;-)

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    1. They really are quite large pallet style stars that are big enough to use as a door wreath. The red one is my favorite too and I'm looking for a spot to hang it in my house.

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  2. Marie I was just at the dollar store today and didn't see one of these. Either you took them all or they don't stock them in my store. But after seeing your idea I am determined to find some and copy it. Merry Christmas dear friend.

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    1. Oh no! Last time I checked they still had plenty in stock. I'd be happy to pick some up for you and send it your way. PM me if you're interested. Merry Christmas back to you sweet friend! 🎄

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  3. These stars are really cute. You took boring stars and made them shine. The red is my favourite and I would never have thought to use the dark wax to age it. I will keep that in mind. They will look great on a porch.

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    1. I knew you'd love the red one Anita! LOL Psssst, it's my favorite too 😉 Yes, these stars would definitely look great on a porch or door overhang.

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  4. Gotta love the Dollar Store! You really gave them such a pretty & festive makeover, they did look a bit blah before. But now, wow! Love the little wreath in the middle for that extra something!

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    1. Thank you Katrin! I love me the dollar store and we have several in our little hamlet to choose from. I'm so pleased with how they turned out that I might pick up a few more.

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  5. I love the red wood, very nice project! Need to check my dollarama now!

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  6. These are very cute, Marie. I wish they were a little smaller, though. If the grapevine wreaths are 6" the stars must be close to seven which are too big to hang on my little tree, I think. We don't have a Dollarama down here in Michigan--at least in the Lansing area. Wonder where I could find similar stars. Maybe Dollar Tree. Anyway, thanks for sharing this project. I really like the rustic look you gave the ornaments.

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    1. Definitely too large for a small tree but perfect for a regular size tree. I hung mine on mirrors. Dollarama is a Canadian dollar store chain. I haven't checked our local dollar tree to see if they have them. I bet you can find them at your wonderful Hobby Lobby stores.

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  7. You turn the stars into high end ornaments. They came out just lovely.

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    1. You just made my day, Debra! What took next to nothing to make would cost a good penny readymade at a retailer. Which is the joy in doing what I do.

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  8. Marie, these are just great! I really like them, and they DO look "antique-y". Good job. Happy Thanksgiving from America!

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    1. Thank you Ceyla, I'm glad you like them and Happy Thanksgiving from Canada! We celebrate ours in October so we're full on Christmas over here.

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  9. I spent 12 hours vacuuming our attached garage from years of sawdust, used the air hose to get in the corners, and then eureka did it all over again. So this Christmas I refuse to cut anything. This star idea is perfect for me, and I can make them in pink for my little ones bedroom. So pretty and easy

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    1. Yikes, that's a lot of vacuuming! I don't blame you for not wanting to cut anything now. You'll find the stars at Dollarama. Happy painting!

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  10. I love stars your Christmas version is lovely! The candy cane striped ribbon is adorable!

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  11. These are really big! I love them! I wonder if these wooden stars are at one of my dollar stores?

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    1. They are quite large, Julie. I found mine at Dollarama, an amazing Canadian dollar store chain. Wondering if maybe your Hobby Lobby might have them.

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  12. Oh my goodness... you managed to turn dollar store stuff into MEGA dollars... adore those mini wreaths!


    I've featured this project in this weekend's DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 503... thanks for bringing it over! :)

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    1. Glad you like them, Donna and thank you so much for the feature! Love our Canadian Dollarama chain, sometimes it feels like my second home. LOL

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  13. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Happy Holiday!

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