Nailed Metal Star

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.

INSTRUCTIONS

The supplies shown provide enough material to make two stars.

Step 1: Download the Nailed Metal Star Pattern and print out the pages. Tape the pattern together and trace the star shape onto the plywood.

Step 2: Use a jigsaw to cut out the star shape.

Cut out star shape in plywood

Step 3: Using a straightedge and a utility or crafts knife, cut the flashing to create three to five random shapes with straight edges. Flashing can be sharp, so keep a pair of leather gloves handy in case you run into trouble.

Cut aluminum flashing with a knife

Good to Know: 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.

Step 4: 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.

Bend metal around the star edges

Step 5: Tack down the various sizes and shapes of flashing until no raw wood shows on the face of the star. (Trim the random flashing pieces as needed to make them fit.) Then add a self-levelling hanger to the back.

Nail metal flashing to the plywood star face

Good to Know: If you wish, hold the small nails in place with needle-nose pliers while you begin to hammer them into the flashing.

PROJECT DETAILS

Skill Level: Intermediate

Estimated Cost: $54 [$53] for two stars

Time Estimate: A few hours

Tools:

  • Jigsaw
  • Drill and 1/16-in [.159 cm] bit set
  • Metal straightedge
  • Crafts knife, utility knife, or scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers (optional)
  • Hammer and nail set
  • Leather gloves

Materials:

  • Transparent adhesive tape
  • 10-in x 50-ft [25.40 cm x 15.24 m] aluminum flashing, #368580 or #12521 (enough for 25 stars)
  • 3/4-in x 2-ft x 4-ft [1.9 cm x 60.96 cm x 1.22 m] pine sanded plywood, #35677 (enough for two stars)
  • 3 – #18 x 5/8-in [1.59 cm] wire nails or #6 x 1/2-in [1.27 cm] aluminum tacks
  • Large self-levelling picture hanger

* Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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