Google+ House Revivals: S is for Star Gazing (and so is G)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

S is for Star Gazing (and so is G)

Living in a city that is never dark makes me yearn for starlight,  so recently I decided to create a little starlight of my own.

We had this lovely old gardening book, with beautifully aged pages, and a few other thrifted treasures that were the perfect materials to create these sweet ornaments.

After creating a pattern for the dimensional five-pointed star using the Betsy Ross 'one cut' method, it was a simple matter of making a base from a re-purposed cereal box, and covering it with a vintage book page.

A little vintage glitter, and a nice corsage finished it up!

The other star was created using a traditional woven design that incorporated folded book pages instead of traditional reed.

The process was a little messy, but that may have more to do with the fact that I was actually working on five different star designs.  See the rolled up book pages on the right of this photo?  Those are for a star inspired by this post from Layla at The Lettered Cottage.

I'm loving the finished stars!  How can you go wrong with aged book pages, tinsel, and glitter?

I have tutorials in the works for these projects plus the other star patterns (finally remembered to photograph every single step along the way), so be sure to click on 'follow' in my sidebar so you won't miss them.

Happy Crafting!


  1. beautiful!

    How clever to use old book pages!

  2. These are gorgeous! I have some old hymnals that would be great for this...I think I might even have some sheet music that would work too. Can hardly wait for the tutorial! :)

  3. G is for gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. La

  4. Hello, Amanda. Just added myself as a follower. These are really nice. Great work! Off to explore your blog!

    Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage

  5. What a great use for old books. They are beautiful.

  6. These are great!

  7. oooo...they are so pretty! I look forward to your tutorials!

  8. Hi Amanda! I love love love workign with vintage book pages and sheet music! the stars are beautiful!!
    Tammy :-)

  9. Your creations are gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing... blessings~~~ Daphne

  10. Hi amanda, I am now following your blog from the alphabet thursday link up and I am so glad I stopped by! As a textile and paper artist, I would like to tell you that the woven star is absolutely brilliant! I will be bookmarking this page to try and figure out how to do it! I have TONS of old condensed readers digest books I could use for such a project. Awesome! Alex@amoderatelife

  11. Impressive!


    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

  12. That is amazing to me. I just love it . I can't sit still long enough to make anything lately.


  13. Reminds me of the star ornaments we made as table favors for the Christmas Brunch one year. And my ultra-picky m-i-l loved them and I bought the rest as her Christmas gift. She still decorates with them every year! Those woven ones look like a Swedish birch wood lamp I have.

  14. Amazing! I especially love the woven star. So glad I stopped by from Alphabet Thursday, I'll be watching for those tutorials!

  15. Wow! Those are so pretty! I am just not crafty like that.

  16. I love to make ornaments from book pages ~ yours are beautiful!

  17. Wonderful paper do beautiful work.

  18. These are lovely, and so creative! The woven star is amazing, new to me!
    Thanks for linking up with VIF!

  19. Amanda, what a gracious and grand stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "G".

    I can't wait to see the tutorials for these. They have such a contemporary vintage look...hmmm....I hope you know what I mean!

    Thanks for linking! I really enjoyed stopping here today.



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