Patriotic Welcome Star

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

Designed by Amanda Formaro

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Your front door looks so plain, why not dress it up with this fun and easy welcome star! Perfect for Fourth of July, Memorial Day or any day you want to show your patriotic spirit!

What you need

paper mache star with hanging cord acrylic paint in red, white and blue paint brushes: large scruffy, medium flat, and liner acrylic sealer spray, matte Black Sharpie marker or craft pen old toothbrush

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What you do

There is no pattern required for this project. Perfection is not necessary, less than perfect lines add true character to this star. Paint the bottom half of the star red and the top half blue, allow to dry completely. Add a second coat and let dry. Using the liner brush, paint on vertical white lines on the bottom half of the star. Start in the middle, work your way left, then come back and do the right. Touch up stripes if needed.Let dry completely. // Put a small amount of white paint onto a paper plate, about the size of a dime. Add a few drop of water, enough to thin the paint. Using an old toothbrush, pick up some of the thinned white paint. Before applying this method to the star, test it on a piece of newspaper. Flick the bristles of the toothbrush by dragging your finger or thumb across them. This causes the paint to spray off the brush onto your “target”, in this case, the newspaper. Once you are happy with the result, flick the paint all over the front of the star. Allow to dry. Using a arge scruffy brush, dab on some white paint to the front of the star. This should be in the blue area, just above the stripes, and it should be wide enough to put the word “Welcome” in. Let dry completely. Use a black Sharpie or craft pen to write “Welcome”, or if you prefer your family name, in the white area. Spray entire surface with acrylic spray sealer and allow to dry. Hang! Note: We found our paper mache star at Michael’s craft store.

Amanda Formaro
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Amanda Formaro is a freelance writer, editor, craft designer, and recipe developer. She loves multi-tasking and has been writing and working on the Internet since 1997. You can find her at You’ll find her craft projects at and her recipes on

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