Christmas stars from scrap wood. Easy and affordable!

This Christmas project is so easy anyone can make them. And the best part is that it is inexpensive! Check out this super popular tutorial to make Christmas stars from scrap wood!

This Christmas project is so easy anyone can make them. And the best part is that it is inexpensive! Check out this super popular tutorial to make Christmas stars from scrap wood!

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Not long ago my junker brother (and the story of his garage sale) summoned me over to his place to pick up some firewood.

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Once I got it home, we burned some of course. But some pieces were just too beautiful to part with. After making a log centrepiece with some HERE, I couldn’t help but put some kindling to work to make some other Christmas ornaments.

Inspired by Songbird’s Christmas mantel twig star, and Beyond the Picket Fence’s Salvaged Star Door Decor, this wooden stars idea came together very quickly and with very little effort!

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But you don’t have to end up with the perfect kindling. This tutorial would work with cedar strips or even branches too!

Christmas star decorations take minutes to make. And the price is right at a whoppin’ free!

Want in on some affordable Christmas star decorations too? Here’s how to create this craft that’s easy enough to make with the whole family!

These rustic stars just may become one of your favourites to decorate with yet…


Christmas stars from scrap wood. Easy and affordable!


Supplies you’ll need:


Wood strips, kindling or branches (thin branches could be bunched up)

Glue gun

Twine or rope

Mitre saw

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Gathering kindling


1. Find some kindling, cedar strips or branches, then cut them down to the same length with a miter saw. Or leave them a little uneven  in lengths for quirky styled stars.

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Hot glue the ends


2. Lay them in a star pattern, attempting to have the sticks lay as flat as possible. You’ll need to tweak as you go along. 

3. Hot glue them into place.

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Add spacers so Christmas stars lay flat


4. If needed, cut little pieces of wood to provide a spacer for where the sticks will not meet at the finishing point. Most needed the spacer.

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Add ties with heavy twine or light rope


 5. Add some heavy twine for the tie, and you’re ready to use your new star ornament collection any way you wish!

Good job, Skye!

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The wonderful thing about using cedar strips / kindling is that the stars are so lightweight, yet sturdy enough to handle. 

And of course, you could create a variety of sizes to place wherever desired:

Where to hang wooden Christmas stars:


  • top of the tree
  • windowsill
  • mantle 
  • as a door wreath
  • hang from door handles
  • place on outdoor trees
  • Christmas tree decorations
  • hang from the ceiling
  • as tree toppers for outdoors

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I ended up hanging all of them along my stairway, which you can see totally decked out with these stars HERE

Fun look for a stairway garland, isn’t it?

Star crafts are fun and easy to make… and this one is on top for all that and more! And they look so good placed most anywhere.

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Different ways to decorate the wooden stars:


  • Paint your Christmas stars different colours to suit a decorating theme.
  • Or add a little glitter for a fabulous Christmas shimmer.
  • String them together as a garland with beads in between.
  • Attach foliage such as evergreen branches.
  • Hang with ribbons, twine or string.

So… does your firewood kindling looking a little too attractive to burn after seeing this?! Think you’ll give making a few beautiful stars this holiday season a shot using what you have?

Other unique wood Christmas decorating ideas:


Scrap wood Buffalo Check and snowflake wood ornaments

12+ DIY Christmas trees

37+ Christmas decorating ideas with signs and wood

Visit all my other unique Christmas decorating ideas HERE

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Such a lovely presentation and fix when you have more photos than space!

porch decorating ideas

Gorgeous front porch decorating ideas – Thistlewood Farms

I guarantee you will say, “Oh my gosh…”

Christmas ornament wreath by Inspired by Charm

Magnificent and festive rainbow wreath – Inspired by Charm

Michael’s famous rainbow tree comes to life in the form of a wreath! A must see!

JOY string Christmas sign 

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This one will take you back to string art in school! VERY cool outcome!

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3 beautiful and super easy Christmas decorations – Songbird

Because sometimes easiest really is the best! So pretty!


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18 thoughts on “Christmas stars from scrap wood. Easy and affordable!

  1. I love these, Donna and they are a great way to salvage those beautiful pieces of wood. I have a similar star made out of old tobacco sticks. xo Laura

  2. I love how there are cats in your pics these days. Recently lost my little cat, she was very much like your 2 sweeties xx

    • Awww, so sorry for your loss Lesley, I know the feeling well! I lost 3 pets in the last 2 years, it is so hard!

      Glad you’re enjoying my own two! They just waltz in wherever and whenever and I think they just make life better, period! 🙂

  3. I love how these stars came out! And they look so easy!
    My husband and I are “fire challenged” – we would NEVER last on Survivor because we cannot build a fire to save our lives.
    I’m sure we could manage this.

  4. Love these stars. I don’t have any kindling wood, but I know where to buy it!! 🙂
    Loved the peek at your stairway. Looking forward to seeing your home tour!!

  5. I love these stars and they can be ‘recycled’ for July 4th! A little red and white paint would transform these beauties into decorations for a star-spangled fourth!

    (I know one holiday at a time)

  6. Well, I am totally hooked on the simplicity of these stars. I want to make some to hang at my house. Even better is how simple they are to make. Even I could make them.

  7. When making theses kindling stars, could you tell me if all five pieces are the same length? I’ve been trying to figure it out with all the same length and they just don’t look right? I’m not looking for perfect, but in must be doingsomething wrong–LOL!! Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Stephanie! The less exact the pieces are to size, the wonkier the star will be. I like them wonky! 🙂 I just placed the sticks in a pleasing shape. The kindling was close, but not all exact.

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