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DIY Rustic Wood Star Sconce

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Hello again! Scott with Saws on Skates back to share another easy DIY project with you. Last time I showed you how to make a candle holder using wood rosettes. This time I’ll show you how to make this super simple DIY rustic wood star sconce perfect for your home or to give as a gift!

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Rustic Wood Star Sconce

The idea for the rustic wood star sconce was inspired by a gift I received at the closing for my house. My friend Sue’s dad was the attorney for my closing. I closed on the house right around Christmastime and Sue’s dad gave me one of his handmade Christmas star sconces as a housewarming gift. What a thoughtful gesture!

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I always liked this star, but wished I could keep it up year round. The star screamed “Christmas”, so it wasn’t really an option for year round use. But… I could make my own using the Christmas star as a template. And that’s what I did!

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I opted for stain rather than red paint and I left off the plaid bow. Now this rustic wood star sconce is ready for year round use. You can finish it like I did, add a bow or even paint it like the original. So many options!

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I did make one upgrade to the original. I drilled a hole in the holder, so the glass votive holder would stay in place. Before you make the rustic wood star sconce, you have to make me a promise. Please promise you’ll only use a flameless candle. Candles next to wood and candles on the wall make me nervous! You promise, only flameless candles, right?

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DIY Rustic Wood Star Sconce Plan  (affiliate links included for your convenience, more info here)

Supplies
1×3 about 4″
1×4 about 24″
1×5 about 12″
1-1/4″ wood screws
votive holder
flameless candle
twine
dark walnut stain

Tools
Miter saw
Jig saw
Drill
Staple gun
1-7/8″ Forstner bit
countersink bit

Step 1. Trace and Cut the Star. You’ll need a piece of wood 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″. I used two pieces of 1×4 and one piece of 1×5 scrap wood cut to 11-1/2″ and glued together. You could also use a piece of 3/4″ plywood or any combination of 1x wood to form a piece at least 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ . Trace a star on the wood. I used the star I had, but you can also find a clipart star on the web. Once the star was I traced, I cut it out with my band saw. You can also use a jig saw to cut the star.

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Step 2. Make the Holder. Cut a piece of 1×3 to 3-3/4″. Locate the center of the holder by placing a straightedge diagonally.

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Use 1-7/8″ forstner bit to drill a slight hole in the holder.

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This hole will keep the votive holder in place.

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Step 3. Attach the Holder. Place the holder on the star, so it’s level and trace around the holder.

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Drill two holes in the front, just until the drill bit protrudes from the back.

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Then using the two holes on the back, drill two countersink holes.

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Clamp the holder to the star and drill into the holder.

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Attach the holder using 1-1/4″ wood screws.

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Step 3. Sand and Stain. Sand the star and holder. Apply a coat of dark walnut stain

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I didn’t apply any kind of finish after the stain, because I wanted the star to have a rustic look.

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Step 4. Attach Hanger. Cut a piece of twine and attach to back using a staple gun.

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Add a votive holder, a flameless candle, hang on the wall and enjoy!

DIY Rustic Wood Star Sconce - a great step by step tutorial to make your own star sconce

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5 Comments

  1. Love this star Scott. I would also want to keep something like this up all year rather than just at Christmas and your tutorial was great, really easy to follow. Thanks a mil.

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