I saw this DIY craft on the blog “thehandmadehome.net.” I believe it was originally featured in at Pottery Barn and PBteen. Because I didn’t find any driftwood on my visits to the Jersey Shore this summer, I decided to take advantage of all the peeling tree bark in my backyard, and create a unique wooden star of my own.
I used the star template featured on thehandmadehome.net and traced it onto my piece of cardboard. I then cut the cardboard with an exacto knife. I laid out a few pieces of the bark first to figure out what positioning would look best. I then glued the bark to the cardboard using a hot glue gun. It got a little messy controlling all the little strings of hot glue.
Driftwood star from thehandmadehome.net
My very own tree bark star!
Voila! A great way to add a rustic flavor and bring the element of nature into your home. This star could work with just about anything.. sea glass, shells, wine corks, twigs. The possibilities are endless…
Here are some of my favorite finds that have a Mexican or Spanish flare. Love the unique designs and colors. Would work wonderfully in an Arts & Crafts style home or a Spanish hacienda.
Talavera tile plate @ mexicantiles.com
Terranova tile @ mexicantiles.com
Talavera Tile Plate
Mexican Talavera Porcelain Toilet
Mexican Talavera Sink
Ceramic Talavera handcrafted tiles are a vital expression of Mexican culture, with Mexican, Spanish, Moorish, and Mediterranean influences. MexicanTiles.com offers a unique and vast collection of over 400 Mexican Talavera tile designs to choose from,
The Mexican motif is about deep rich colors – reds, cobalt blues and dark yellow. The colors are earth tone, and warm conveying a welcome and comfortable ambience. (*MexicanTiles.com)
An easy project to add texture and individuality to a room is to stencil lamp shades. I bought two white lamp shades from Wal-mart and a stencil sheet from Michael’s. With an acrylic paint color that tied into the room, I simply taped (with painter’s tape) the stencil onto the lamp shade then proceeded to stencil lightly one section at a time. I allowed each section to dry completely until I moved onto the next. Voila! C’est magnifique!