The Christmas season has finally arrived and I couldn’t be more excited! I just love to look at homes while I drive through a neighborhood and see such adorable and beautifully decorated front porches. Don’t you? From sparkling lights to naturalistic garlands to fanciful decor, there is a sprinkle of joy and delight to melt your heart and make you feel welcome.
Right before Thanksgiving I worked on a client’s front porch to decorate it for the Christmas season. It was so much fun pulling ideas together and filling the space with a bit of sparkle, whimsically shapes, and a bit of farmhouse decor.
Much of what you see was found at my favorite locals stores, which are HomeGoods, Marshall’s, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby. Before Thanksgiving they tend to have a really good selection of Christmas decor so I took the liberty to shop early and snag some of the best finds.
The front porch is quite spacious so I had to come up with something grand that would fill the area by the wall. I originally had thought about a bench with pillows and Christmas decor, but instead, I came up with a different idea.
I don’t quite remember where I originally saw it, but the lighted wood star was a design that I thought would be simple to make and be quite unique to the space. And indeed, it has become a whimsical and magical feature for their front porch.
How to DIY a Christmas Birch Sticks Lighted Star
In three simple steps, you can make a lighted wood star too!
Birch Sticks – Got mine at Hobby Lobby on sale! Look in the natural stems or the Christmas area. The sticks come in a bundle so make sure you have enough sticks to create a star. Ideally, 5 birch wood sticks and 5 thinner wood sticks.
Jute Rope Ribbon – Got it at Hobby Lobby on sale!
4 Boxes of 100 Christmas lights – The ones I used were at Hobby Lobby. They have twinkle lights so it makes for a pretty light show.
Pliers – Since the jute rope has wire in it, a set of pliers comes in handy to cut the rope.
3 Steps to Make a Christmas Birch Stick Lighted Star
1. Arrange the sticks in the shape of a star. I tried to keep the large and thinner sticks together, but at some point, I needed one stick to go behind all the sticks and one stick to go on top of all the rest. That seemed to help hold it together better and be sturdy.
2. Use the jute rope ribbon to wrap the sticks together at each corner. Use a set of pliers to cut the rope. Regular jute rope or other rope probably would work just fine. The jute rope with wire made it easy to twist the ends together like a twist tie instead of making a knot.
3. String the lights around each set of sticks. Start in one corner and wrap it around in the pattern like you would draw a star. If you like lots of lights, I would suggest using at least 4 sets of 100 lights. I basically went one and a half ways with each set of lights so it was good that I used 4 sets.
And, that’s it! Super easy!