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Faux Slat Wood Stars

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Materials: Faux Slat Wood Stars

FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam:
Sheet: 1”x 12”x 36”

Other Materials:
FloraCraft Smooth Finish®
Acrylic Paint: Black and Metallic Silver
Battery Strand Lights: (5) 15-Light Strands
¾” Screws
Self- Adhesive Velcro®
Black Tape

Tools:
Low-Temp Glue Gun
Wood Graining Tool
Serrated Knife
Screw Driver
Paint Brush
Spatula or Putty Knife
Fine Grit Sandpaper
Ruler

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Cut the foam sheet in half to create two 18”x 12” pieces. Cut five 2”x 18” pieces from one half of the sheet. Cut five 1.5”x 12” pieces from the other half of the sheet. Set aside remaining foam for a future project.
2. Use the spatula to apply an even coat of Smooth Finish to the ten slats of foam. Apply finish to front and sides of the slats. Let the finish dry then sand smooth as needed. Apply a second coat to all the foam slats. Let dry and sand smooth.
3. Apply a coat of black paint to all sides of the ten foam slats and let dry. Apply an even coat of silver paint over top of a black foam slat. While wet, pull the graining tool down the slat through the wet silver paint to create the wood grain look. Rock the tool slightly to create different grain patterns. Repeat on all the foam slats.
4. Lay the slats together to form the star shapes. Use the screws to secure the slats together.
5. Use a toothpick to pilot holes for the lights through the points of both stars about ¼” in from the end. Secure the battery pack in place with Velcro near one point of the star. Glue the Velcro in place on the back. Bend the wire at the first light out from the battery pack. Thread the light through the toothpick hole at the first point. Add a dot of glue at the back to hold the light in place. Tack the light strand along the back of the star and up to the next point. You will have to skip some of the lights as you go around the star. Optional: You can cover the lights that are skipped with black tape. Continue around the star. Add a second strand when needed. Secure the battery pack with Velcro as before. Repeat to light both stars. The large star uses 3 light strands and the small star uses 2 strands.

 

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