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Let your holiday cheer shine when you display this silvery star made from metal flashing. Securing the metal with nails makes this project quick and easy while adding rustic seasonal charm.
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Use a jigsaw to cut out the star shape.
Using a straightedge and a utility or crafts knife, cut the flashing to create three to five random shapes with straight edges. (When using a crafts knife or a utility knife, use a fresh blade and apply firm pressure as you cut the metal surface. You may cut several times to ensure a clean edge. If you prefer a more rustic look, use scissors to cut out the flashing shapes.) Flashing can be sharp, so keep a pair of leather gloves handy in case you run into trouble.
Stand one straight side of the flashing piece on-edge on your work surface and hold the flashing against an edge of the plywood star. Keep the flashing firmly in place, and use your other hand to bend the metal piece flat across the face of the star.
Tack down the various sizes and shapes of flashing until no raw wood shows on the face of the star. (If you wish, hold the small nails in place with needle-nose pliers while you begin to hammer them into the flashing.) Trim the random flashing pieces as needed to make them fit. Then add a self-leveling hanger to the back.