Make a Whitewashed Star for Valentine's Day - The Magic Onions

Make a Whitewashed Star for Valentine’s Day

Today we put the finishing touches on a vine star we have been working on. We whitewashed it and added a bright red bow and it goes wonderfully with the pretty RED Valentine’s Day Wreath we made yesterday.Pin It

Our star has been a work in progress.

First, we collected long strands of Morning Glory. We have Morning Glory growing on our fence and, boy, does it grow!

We stripped the leaves off each strand.

Then, we found an old piece of plank.

Drew out the shape of our star on a piece of paper.

With the paper star in the center of the plank, Teddy did a great job of nailing nails into each corner of our star.

Do you see how each corner has a nail?

Then, Teddy and I wound the vine around the nails… many, many times.

Every now and then, we looped the vine around our work so that it would remain firmly in place once it dried. When a strand of vine ended, we looped it through another, already wound, strand. Then started a new strand by looping it firmly into the star.

When we felt our star was done, I knotted the last piece of vine around the star and pulled tight.

We trimmed off all the loose ends to neaten it up.

And then we set it in the sun to dry for a few days. It’s been hot and sunny here in Southern California (yes, 80 degree days!) but if your weather is still a little damp, set your star in a cool, dry spot in your home.

After about a week, it had dried well enough so that when Kitty took it off the nails, it kept it’s shape nicely.

Then we whitewashed it. We watered down a little white paint and painted ti roughly.

Then wiped off some of the paint for that rustic limed look.

When the paint had dried, I strung it from a loop of bright red ribbon left over from Christmas and Voila! Look how pretty it looks hanging on our armoire.

Happy Valentine’s Crafting,
Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    love this star project but unsure of where to find vines this time of year here in Canads as it’s snowy and -40 dgrees celsius here right now o:


  2. What a wonderful and simple idea. :) Thanks for sharing this. And of course I just happened to see your recycled paper heart on the sidebar while I comment–that one I’m surely getting to with the kids this February. :) Cheers!

  3. so beautiful…very inspiring!

  4. Just love this, so cool, cheers Marie

  5. I am thrilled to have these instructions! Thank you!

    I recently saw an idea for creating twinkling mini light vine stars on stakes for the garden and resolved to make some for next winter. Had no idea how i was going to construct the stars, however! You have saved me!

  6. im so gonna have my daughter do ths once it warms up we had morning glorys and moonflowers growing but the subfreeze we had this week killed them:(

  7. Beautiful idea!

  8. Oh, I love this! I had to comment because K looks absolutely stunning in the photo. Hope you are all well!

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