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Make a Stunningly Simple Bauble and Light Filled Star

Okay, I’ll admit it. I love homemade decorations. They’re always a huge hit in our home. When the kids were small, we always made our own. Sadly now that they’re older we don’t always have the time. Mommy chauffeur reporting for duty 😀 So this year we cheated a bit and used some of our old store-bought ornaments and sheets of cardboard to make this bauble and light filled star. That still counts as homemade, right!!!?

Add a touch of magic to your Christmas decor and make this stunning and simple bauble and light filled star

It’s pretty simple to make too. All you need is:

  • Two large sheets of thick cardboard
  • Masking tape, ruler and scissors or a craft knife
  • Battery operated string lights
  • Christmas baubles
  • Spray paint
  • Glue gun

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Making the Bauble and Light Filled Star

RighyO, so first things first. We need to make a huge star-shaped box for all those baubles. Grab a big thick sheet of cardboard. The thicker the better and draw a large five-point star as shown below.

Just make sure the tips of the star are big enough to hold your smallest bauble.

Add a touch of magic to your Christmas decor and make this stunning and simple bauble and light filled star

Cut the star out using a pair of scissors or your craft knife. Use the other piece of cardboard and measure and cut 8 cm wide strips. That’s about 3 1/8 inches. Place the strips on the sides of the star and mark off how long each strip should be. I numbered the strips and the sides just in case my 5 point star wasn’t 100% perfect.

Add a touch of magic to your Christmas decor and make this stunning and simple bauble and light filled star

Attached the strips to the sides of the star using some masking tape. Flip the star over and fold the strips up and tape the tips of the points and where the points of the star meet each other.

Add a touch of magic to your Christmas decor and make this stunning and simple bauble and light filled star

Give the star a coat of paint to hide the masking tape and invite one of your purr babies to test it out 😉 Ahhhh, my Cleo. Isn’t she beautiful?

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Add a touch of magic to your Christmas decor and make this stunning and simple bauble and light filled star

When the purr baby is satisfied, use a sharp implement to poke holes into the star.

Add a touch of magic to your Christmas decor and make this stunning and simple bauble and light filled star

Push the string lights through from the back of the star. Add as many lights as you can. It just makes it looks so much more special. Time to fill her up. Our baubles were all different colors. Yeah I know, I’m one of those people that used to pick a new color theme every year. Thank goodness Bonnie and Edward Seymour invented spray paint way back when. My heroes!!!! This year I’m kinda liking the whole metallic look.

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Add a touch of magic to your Christmas decor and make this stunning and simple bauble and light filled star

Once the paint dries, put a small dab of glue on a bauble and start sticking those babies down randomly inside the star. I didn’t have enough to fill the whole star, but that’s kinda okay. I love how the empty space contrasts with the baubles and light. What do you think?

Add a touch of magic to your Christmas decor and make this stunning and simple bauble and light filled star

Ain’t she pretty?

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And I love the way the baubles seem to glow when you put the string lights on.

Add a touch of magic to your Christmas decor and make this stunning and simple bauble and light filled star

Sorry about the image quality. I take all my photos with my mobile and struggle a bit with the ISO setting when it’s dark. And that’s when the bauble and light filled star really starts weaving its magic.

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So tell me. Do you make your own ornaments for Christmas or do you prefer to buy them? I’d love to hear about it.

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And as always wishing you a wonderful, happy crafty week. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Holiday Crafts, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts


  • Posted: November 5, 2019 15:30


    See, it's that unique spin you put on things that wows me every.single.time. The star idea in itself is very cute but the way you placed the baubles makes it very clever and unique. LOVE this!
    • Posted: November 6, 2019 05:56


      🤗 Awwwww Marie, that's so special. Thank you!!!
  • Posted: January 17, 2018 03:05

    Norma ZALES

    What do you put the dabs of glue on to put on the baubles. Do you need to use something to put all the baubles on or can you just glue them in. When do you paint the star?
    • Posted: January 17, 2018 07:19


      Hey they Norma, we painted the star before adding the baubles and they have just been glued in. Lie the star flat on the ground and then glue them in one by one with a glue gun. Hope that helps
  • Posted: January 14, 2018 12:56

    [email protected]

    I'm just seeing this now and had to pin it for next year. LOVE your idea! Thanks so much for sharing it!
    • Posted: January 15, 2018 07:00


      Oh yay, I'm glad you like it Wendi and thanks so much for the pin 🙂
  • Posted: January 3, 2018 16:53

    Christine Vandormolen

    Ok will be pinning this for next Christmas, sooo cute!!! And your kittie is the bomb!!!
    • Posted: January 4, 2018 04:14


      Thanks so much Christine 😊
  • Posted: December 23, 2017 23:56

    Susan Acevedo

    I would enjoy this all year not just for Christmas! It's a perfect decoration for sprucing up a bedroom or living room, even a bathroom. It's great.
    • Posted: December 25, 2017 03:25


      Thanks so much Susan, we're really happy with how it turned out
  • Posted: December 23, 2017 15:15

    sandee Anderson

    Just now saw this! It is a piece of art. Absolutely gorgeous. I will most definitely do this next year. Anxious to go through all your posts. Thanks for the inspirations.
    • Posted: December 26, 2017 04:28


      😊 Thank you so much Sandee, I really appreciate that. Let me know how your dresser turns out please
  • Posted: December 17, 2017 14:46


    Where did you put the battery pack?
    • Posted: December 18, 2017 04:00


      Hey there Mercy, it's stuck behind the star
  • Posted: December 17, 2017 06:35


    This is really elegant and gorgeous Michelle. This post isn't crafted its art. Love it, lady.
    • Posted: December 17, 2017 12:28


      Thanks so much Leanna
  • Posted: December 17, 2017 01:50

    Diena Cameron

    Hi Michelle, i just started following you and your husband, i had been perusing hometalk.com and ran across your blog about how to paint eyes on your mossy friends (i think that was the title) but anyway I fell in love with that and here I am. I posted on Facebook the u tube video and told them all about you and Crafty Mix and your husband. I hope that was ok ??? I can't wait to see what all you both indulge in as far as diy goes. I love it all so I'm sure I'm going to love your whole blog. Happy Holidays to you both and you're family of furry babies, of course your kitty is adorable but your puppy is beautiful. Love the eyes. See you soon.
    • Posted: December 17, 2017 12:34


      Your comments on all our different blog posts really made my day Diena - how do I ever say thank you for each one of them. It means the world to us bloggers when someone shares a tiny piece of themselves in the comment section so THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart ❤️
  • Posted: December 8, 2017 17:40


    Wow - I can't believe I missed this one...this is gorgeous, Michelle!
    • Posted: December 10, 2017 07:06


      Thanks so very much Handan 😊
  • Posted: December 1, 2017 17:36


    Michelle, I love this project so much. It's simple but so chic. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Pinned!
    • Posted: December 4, 2017 13:19


      Thank you so much Lisa and it's a pleasure
      • Posted: December 6, 2017 13:01


        Ok so silly question..... where do you get the cardboard? Did you just buy a moving box?
        • Posted: December 6, 2017 13:11


          A moving box would work beautifully Dana. We had a whole bunch of large pieces of cardboard that we used for other projects so we used that
  • Posted: December 1, 2017 16:55

    Christina Makri

    What can I say... you have this gift to make everything and look so gorgeous! You are an inspiration!
    • Posted: December 3, 2017 07:57


      Thank you my friend 😉
  • Posted: November 29, 2017 15:16

    Jas @All that's Jas

    That looks absolutely beautiful! I have two left hands when it comes to craft. There's no way I could master this one. :)
    • Posted: November 30, 2017 05:53


      I'm sure you'll be able to make it Jas. Those two left hands of yours are super talented. I've seen the masterpieces you create in the kitchen 😊
  • Posted: November 29, 2017 00:41

    Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    How beautiful! Thank you for sharing this post at our Winter Holiday Link Party! I'll be featuring your gorgeous star tonight on Facebook. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
    • Posted: November 29, 2017 09:16


      Oh Wow. Thank you so much Marci. You just made my day.
  • Posted: November 27, 2017 03:45


    Also, I love the kitty. ;)
    • Posted: November 27, 2017 13:25


  • Posted: November 27, 2017 03:45


    Michelle, this is stunning. I cannot believe you did this with cardboard! It looks so classy and expensive. I love the metallic color scheme and the empty space is a perfect contrast! I don't know how you come up with these things, but they are simply brilliant. Love, love, love. Off to make my own. :D
    • Posted: November 27, 2017 13:24


      😀 Oh Yay Amy!!!!! That's so great. Thank you. I'm really glad the cardboard star works for you and can't wait to see how yours looks
  • Posted: November 25, 2017 10:36

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    It's beautiful Michelle! I thought that the star would be difficult to make , but you made it look pretty simple. It's truly an original, and it has the stamp of approval from your pretty purr baby Cleo! 😄
    • Posted: November 27, 2017 13:26


      It really is simple my friend as long as the points of the star are wide enough for the baubles. The first time I made it, the points were too narrow so I had to make another one 😄
  • Posted: November 25, 2017 09:04


    Looks so great! Thank you for the tutorial. Best wishes Uwe
    • Posted: November 26, 2017 05:49


      It's a pleasure Uwe, thank you very much
  • Posted: November 25, 2017 00:35


    This is gorgeous, I like it half full. And it has kitty's seal of approval so you know you did a good job. I totally agree with you about the homemade ornaments. Not to say I don't have store bought but I love the handmade ones the best.
    • Posted: November 25, 2017 05:57


      Me too Debra. In fact I still have ornaments that my Ouma made with us when we were kids. The memories they bring every time we hang them up are priceless
  • Posted: November 24, 2017 22:17


    oh, yes! It is insanely pretty! And so easy to make! Thank you so much for sharing this - you always inspire me Michelle!
    • Posted: November 25, 2017 05:55


      Thanks so very much Maya, that really means a lot to me
  • Posted: November 24, 2017 15:18

    Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Michelle, it's on! I am making this baby. I love it. More than love it, I have to have it. I'm going to search through my ornaments, they will need some nifty spray paint too. I have tons of them that are all different colors. Can't wait. I'll show you once I get it completed. Thanks for sharing, this is gorgeous!
    • Posted: November 25, 2017 04:23


      HiiiiiiHaaaaa, that's so awesome Nikki. I can't wait to see what yours looks like.
  • Posted: November 23, 2017 12:48


    Wow, this is a totally cool idea. This would look great on top of a mantle or bookshelf. Love it, will have to try!
    • Posted: November 27, 2017 13:28


      Thanks so much Thena 😀
  • Posted: November 22, 2017 20:53

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, the star is absolutely gorgeous!! The lights and the metallic finish on the baubles look so incredible!!
    • Posted: November 23, 2017 04:47


      Thanks so much my friend ❤️
  • Posted: November 22, 2017 16:12

    Nicole Flint

    That is so pretty! I wish I had the time and patience to create DIY home decorations.
    • Posted: November 23, 2017 04:52


      Thanks so much Nicole, it's so rewarding when you make your own
  • Posted: November 22, 2017 15:54


    I love this project! I love the simplicity of it. It is truly stunningly simple! What a perfect description. I'm glad you cat verified the stability of it!
    • Posted: November 23, 2017 05:26


      Thank you Gigi, I can't tell how much I appreciate that and thank goodness we have Cleo to help us stress test our creations 😊
  • Posted: November 22, 2017 14:58


    I love how your star turned out! It is absolutely beautiful and does not cost much, too. I would love to invite my friends over and do this project with them,
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 15:05


      That sounds like it could be loads of fun Marie 😁
  • Posted: November 22, 2017 09:16

    Tiffany Yong

    I was trying this out myself and got a little confused. The lights behind the stars, is it covered by the baubles in the end? Are the baubles supposed to give off lights after completion? The candles in front made me wonder about that!
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 10:53


      The lights are behind the baubles and I used about 50 lights in total. So in some instance the baubles cover the lights and in others they kinda shine between the baubles. Hope that makes sense
  • Posted: November 22, 2017 04:38


    Wow, it looks so pretty! I tend to shy away from homemade decorations because I think they are difficult. Your directions make it look so easy I may try it!
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 15:06


      I promise it gets easier Agnes 😁 and it's soooooooo much fun
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 23:51


    I am sure big brands won't last too long to create something similar, Michelle, this is so cool! Love it is made out of cardboard; it makes the best DIY things because it's inexpensive and easy to work with. I have to agree, spray paint is a wonderful thing for humanity ;)
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 05:23


      Thanks so much Pili, I still love those the beautiful stars you made a while ago. Cardboard and spray paint - our go to supplies 🙂
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 23:41

    Florence @ VintageSouthernPicks

    I love this Michelle! Very classic and expensive-looking! I love that the star is only partially filled. About how big is it? Like point to point on the star? Your Cleo is precious too.
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 05:09


      Thanks so much Florence. The Star is about 60 cm which is 23 1/2 inches which is nice a big to fit all those baubles
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 23:08

    Amy Dong

    Looks like your kitty wants to shine, too :) That is super creative, I absolutely love the idea. The shiny balls are beautiful and it cost almost nothing to make this lovely piece!
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 05:27


      LOL, yes our Cleo is a little super star
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 22:52

    Mother of 3

    I love this! I have some mixed size baubles in this colors already. I do love that the half empty side versus the full size; I think it would look odd if it was all filled. Pinned.
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 15:07


      You're probably right, thanks for that. I really didn't want to go buy more baubles when we had perfectly good ones already. Thank you
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 20:41


    Of course it counts as home-made, you have worked with it! ;) It looks amazing! Also, I love your kitty. It has such a beautifully coloured coat <3
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 05:25


      Thanks so much Flora and I'll give Cleo a hug from you just so she know how beautiful she is 😉
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 19:59


    I don't want to say this is personally one of my favorite things I've seenn on your blog because how can I simply pick between the other beautiful creations you've featured?! But I really, really, REALLY love this! It looks like it costs a bomb and has such a classy and warm look to it. <3
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 05:27


      Ahhhhhhhhh Ithi, thank you so much for that my sweet friend
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 19:14

    Cia Black

    What a creative way to add you own touch to a holiday season. You creation looks as though it could have been bought at a high end shoppe.
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 05:34


      Thanks so much Cia, we're really happy with how it turned out
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 15:53

    Gayle Kirby

    Love the look! It is so artistic being only partially filled. I saw your post over at the Christmas blog party.
    • Posted: November 23, 2017 05:11


      Thanks so much Gayle. I popped over to your blog and I got completely side tracked. You've got a whole bunch of really awesome tutorials. I love it!!!
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 15:18

    Katerina Konstantinou

    At first I thought this was made of wood but I was happily surprised! I can't think of another way to have the beautiful string lights! Nice job!
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 05:39


      Thanks so much Katerina 💛 I would love to try making something similar with wood one day
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 15:18

    Ana Vukosavljevic

    This is such a great idea!! I love Christmas just because it's a great excuse to make things like these. Can't wait to show this to my sister!
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 15:07


      Thank you Ana 😁
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 14:29


    How easy! Love the photo with the cat sitting in the star...typical cat! I have a few places to decorate for Christmas this year, so easy ideas like this will work!
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 15:08


      Purr babies seem to love their boxes 😉
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 14:29


    This is beautiful! Adding the lights is such a good idea. I'll be on the look out for some baubles I can use to make something similar.
    • Posted: November 23, 2017 05:24


      Ahhhh Lisa thank you. I was absolutely enthralled with all the beautiful works of art and your felt creatures when I popped over to your blog. You are so talented
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 10:48


    Lovely decoration pieces. And homemade lends an emotional touch too. I like these Christmas stars, will try crafting these.
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 15:09


      I hope you do Indu and please share how yours turns out
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 07:06


    I love this! It's so pretty! It almost seems like something I could do myself. 😁 I have made ornaments in the past. My sister and I took clear ornaments and used glitter to decorate in the inside and glass markers to draw/write on the outside. Most of our ornaments were purchased.
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 15:12


      Ahhhh my sister and I used to do the same. Such beautiful memories