Build these simple stars by the dozen to display indoors or outside. Each one only costs about $2.
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Each pack of 14 shims makes one star with four shims left over. Using three packs of shims, you can make four stars.
Sand each shim with 120-grit sandpaper, and sand off any jagged wood at the thin end. On a flat surface, lay out the star shape using 10 shims that overlap at the ends. Arrange them until you get the look you want.
Remove one shim at a time from your star shape, apply a dab of wood glue to the parts of the shim that touch the adjoining shims, and replace it in the group. Lightly press the top of the wood joint to distribute the glue. Repeat four more times and let the whole assembly dry at least two hours.
By applying glue to every other shim as you work your way around the star, you’ll avoid disturbing the pieces you just glued.
In a well-ventilated area, lay each star on newspaper and spray on a metallic finish. (You can also use spray paint of any color or a clear polyurethane finish.) When the paint dries, flip the star over and spray the other side.
You can hang individual stars on wire brads. To fasten stars to a garland, cut pieces of 24-gauge wire, wrap it around one of the shims near a star tip, and twist it around the garland.