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Barn Star Turned Vintage

Day #5 of May Arts / Graphic 45 Blog Week!

Barn Star Turned Vintage


Is it really possible to make a barn star look vintage? Join me in finding out just exactly how it's done, with the help of exhilarating Graphic 45 paper, and gorgeous May Arts ribbon.



     Supplies needed:

  • Graphic 45 paper
  • barn stars
  • mod podge
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • hot glue gun
  • ruler and pencil



First, measure the edges of your star point.  You will need to compensate some extra on the measurements because it is raised in the center.  If you take a thin piece of scrap paper or computer paper you can press it over the top of one of the points and fold underneath to give you a better idea how much extra you will need to measure. 

Second, make your self a pattern and trace it on the back of the paper you will be using.

The paper I used from Graphic 45 was from their Renaissance FaireCollection.



As you see in the above picture, I chose to cut out my shapes from the corners.  The pattern on this paper is vertical-horizontal, so by using the corners you will have a more uniform paper look as you glue it to the star.

Third, brush modge podge all over one star point and place you paper on pressing firmly, but not so firm you push out all the modge podge.  Repeat for the other 4 corners and let dry.


Fourth, if your paper over lapped the edges you can using an X-Acto knife to trim once the modge podge is completely dry. 

Fifth, I painted some acrylic paint on the edges of my ribbon to give it a more vintage look to match the paper.  Use one of those cheap brushes where all the bristles are not uniform and there's space between bristles so that as you paint it on the ribbon it kind of streaks it instead of painting it solid.  This worn out brush comes in handy for washed looks and overlays.




Sixth, glue your ribbon with half underneath the star and half showing following the thread seam in the middle.  To make your corners simple fold and glue into a point.  I cut the ribbon the length of one star point so each of them can be glued on individually with the only fold at the actual point.



Last, I lined the edges with the 3/8" ribbons.  I cut the ribbon the length of the edge and glued just the middle of the ribbon.  Once all of them were glued I went back and cut the points and glued down.  It made it a lot easier to match the angles when glued and laying on top of each other.  I left the 3/8" ribbons their solid true color to give it the contrast.



I absolutely love how they turned out.  I've always like the stars, but not the rustic look although I do have rooms in my house that are decorated very rustic.  I think this gave the star the nice twist I was looking for.

Thank you May Arts and Graphic 45 for helping me to turn a barn star vintage.  I hope you enjoyed your visit today and will stop by frequently to check out the projects the other design team members come up with.  It's fun to rub shoulders with some very talented women.

Feel free to stop by my other websites to see what I've been up to at and

See you again soon!!


Blog Post By: Andrea Miller


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  1. Rebecca Ednie

    I didn’t know that those are called barn stars. I love how you decorated it!

  2. diana

    This is a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing! 😉

  3. Karen K

    I like what you did with the stars they look great!

  4. Heather

    I love the use of the pleated ribbon…what a great tutorial! Thanks!

  5. Karen B.

    What a crafty transformation.

  6. Charlene

    Awesomely creative, Andrea!

  7. Wendy Orme

    Awesome project! I never would have thought to cover a metal star like that, but it turned out gorgeous!

  8. jen shears

    these turned out GREAT! love the distressed ribbon addition- and fab tutorial!! 🙂

  9. Janet Zeppa

    Gorgeous project!

  10. Debby

    I’ve redecorated one of my rooms and this would be fab to make for it. Thanks for the “how-to.”

  11. Janet Sisk

    Very interesting! I would have never thought of that. Thanks for sharing the details with us. 😀

  12. DeniseB

    Beautiful, rich colors on your barn star!

  13. Christy Hendrickson

    I love the ribbon painted to become rustic. Very classic look.

  14. ava g

    so creative with the barn star. love it

  15. Lynda

    Wonderful projects!

  16. Rosemary D

    love what you did witih the stars! fantastic project!

  17. Ronda A.

    Clever idea Andrea…nice update for those stars everyone loves!

  18. Anne Thompson

    Love that pleated ribbon! Anne, yourmainestamper

  19. jean marmo

    Wow – so pretty! Thanks for the great instructions!

  20. DJ

    Great idea, love the paper, and that ribbon is perfect for that job!!! They look awesome!!1 Love it. think i can cover my husband in graphic 45 paper and put him on the wall!!!! :))

  21. Donna

    Oh how I love the ribbon used! Love it! Did I say LOVE IT?

  22. Noreen

    The pleated edge gives the star a really different look!

  23. {vicki}


    I LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Nadia

    omigoodness!! The pleated ribbon comes in burgandy too??????? My heart is skipping a beat….love it!

  25. Pam Loris

    The stars look wonderful with the paper and ribbons on them! Great idea!!

  26. Tona

    Love those stars, especially the black & tan one. Fantastic job!!

  27. Agnieszka

    Awesome stars!!!

  28. jengd

    Those are beautiful- those papers easily make them look like items purchased in a home decorating store!

  29. Beth W

    I love the close-ups of the pleated ribbon.I had no idea how truly stunning it was.Fantastic inspiration.


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