In a newborn’s nursery or a big kid’s bedroom, anything to encourage peaceful sleep makes a welcome addition to décor. We created this DIY star wall hanging with glittery stars and moons to inspire sweet dreams and a good night’s rest. (Plus it’s not a nightmare to make at all.)
How to make a DIY star wall hanging
What you’ll need
one 3′-5′ tree branch (if you can’t find a pretty one, you can spray paint one or use a dowel)
card stock or pre-cut wood or paper stars in various sizes (1″ to 3″)
nail, screw, or hook for hanging
mini clothes pins (optional)
Start with the stars
For visual variety, you’ll want two or three sizes of stars—and several dozen of each size. You’ll need two identical star shapes to create one hanging star. Given the numbers, you might prefer to buy pre-cut star shapes made of paper or wood. If not, cut your own stars from card stock.
Also cut out one or several other night-sky shapes such as clouds and crescent moons. Make them large enough to stand out.
To decorate the stars, consider complementing your nursery or bedroom color palette. (We went with gold because twinkle.) You may decorate each star any way you wish—here are a few ideas:
- Use gift wrap. Cut wrapping paper into squares a little bigger than your star shapes. Use a foam brush to spread glue on one side of a star, then press that side to the unprinted side of the wrapping-paper square. When the glue is dry, use scissors or a craft knife to trim the extra paper from the edges of the star.
- Add some glitter. Use a foam brush to spread glue on one side of a star. Hold the star over a paper plate and use a spoon to coat the glue with glitter. Tip the star over the plate to shake off excess glitter—then sprinkle it again to cover any spots you missed the first time.
- Get crafty. You can also paint your stars—use spray paint for super-speedy results. If they’re made of wood, try dip dying them. Or try the wrapping paper method, but with fabric. You could even let an older sibling decorate them.
- Write a wish for sweet dreams. A fun and meaningful way to personalize your wall hanging is to add sentiments for sweet dreams. Leave one side of the star un-decorated and add a message with a marker or paint pen. Or write your sentiments on the blank side of a star, and attach it to the twine with a mini-clothespin.
String them up
Once you have your stars decorated the way you like, you’re ready to attach them to strands of twine.
Cut 7-9 pieces of twine to varying lengths—we recommend making each one at least as long as the branch they’ll hang from. When you add stars, make sure you leave enough space on one end to tie it to the branch.
Pick a pair of same-size stars. Use a foam brush to spread glue on the undecorated side of one star.
Lay a strand of twine down the center of one star, then press the other on top to hold the twine in place.
Then add more stars along the same piece of twine…and to all the other pieces.
Let them dry completely before tying each strand to the branch.
To space your strands of twine evenly, start by tying one piece in the middle of the branch. Add one more to each end of the branch. Then space the rest out between the first three.
If you have super-specific ideas about how you want your stars to line up, start by laying all the twine out of a table with the tops aligned. Use a marker or a little piece of tape to indicate where you’d like each star to go, then proceed as above.
Put up your DIY star wall hanging
This part works best with a buddy.
Holding the branch horizontally, position it against the wall—move it up and down until you’re happy with the height.
Mark the spot where you’d want the nail, screw, or hook to go. Put the branch aside and hammer, screw, or twist the hanger in.
Cut a piece of twine about twice as long as the branch. Tie one end of the twine to one end of the branch.
Hold the branch in place, then pull that piece of twine up over the hanger and loop it around the other end of the stick.
The rest is simple—tie the twine in place, cut off any loose ends, and put up your DIY star wall hanger.
OF COURSE we want to see it. Share your finished wall hanging and tag us on Instagram @think.make.share.