Bring a little bit of showmanship to any room with this illuminated star.
Caution: Do not leave fairylights unattended when switched on.
EVERYTHING OZ by CHRISTINE LEECH & HANNAH READ-BALDREY, published by Quadrille (£14.99, paperback) Photos © VERITY WELSTEAD
Follow the Yellow Brick Road and get swept along by the cyclone force of Everything Oz, where dreams are brought to life. The classic tale of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum provides the inspiration for this spell-binding and creative collection of 50 makes and bakes, ranging from a Dress-up Dorothy Doll and Toto's Dog Jacket to the Tin Woodman's Heart Garland, Cowardly Lion Hand Puppet and Squashed Wicked Witch Cupcakes. The authors of the ground-breaking craft book Everything Alice, Christine Leech and Hannah Read-Baldrey, have interpreted this perennially popular tale in their own unique way to create all the projects in this latest book in the Everything - series, which is filled with yet more original and playful ideas for the eclectic craft lover. This enchanting book perfectly captures the magical essence of this faraway land. Everything Oz is brimming with new and innovative craft projects to eat, drink and wear, so slip on a pair of Ruby Slippers and accompany Hannah and Christine on their journey towards the Emerald City. Every crafter will enjoy this book, because, because, because, because, because - of the wonderful things it does!© 2014 H Read-Baldrey / Quadrille · Reproduced with permission.
To make the star
Cut out a 40cm x 40cm square of both foam board and silver card. Spray mount or glue the silver card to the foam board.
Using the template, trace the star onto the wrong side of the foam board. (From point to point, the star should be 39cm long.) Transfer all the markings.
Using an electric drill, make a hole through the foam board at each of the 20 points marked on the template.
Press the round-ended handle of a wooden spoon into each of the drilled holes to indent the foam board. Press the handle down as firmly as you can (1).
Carefully cut out the star using a metal ruler, craft knife and cutting mat. Apply a little extra glue at each point of the star to make sure the silver card is firmly fixed to the foam board.
Remove each bulb from the string of fairylights. Starting at one point of the star, place the first socket in the hole from the back of the board. Repeat for all 20 sockets (2). Push the bulbs back into the sockets from the silver side through the board. Make sure the holes are large enough or the bulbs and sockets will not properly connect (3).
For the sides of the star
Cut ten 13cm x 8cm rectangles from the foam board. Working your way around the star, fix one rectangle to each side of the star using a hot glue-gun. For added support, use masking tape to hold the sides in place. At the star point that holds the final light before the plug, leave a gap for the cord to fit through. Don’t worry if your rectangles don’t join up perfectly as this will be covered up in the next step.
Measure the length of each side of the star. They should be 15cm; if not, adjust the length of the rectangle cut in the next step accordingly.
Cut one long 150cm x 8cm rectangle from the silver card. If necessary, this rectangle can be made up of two 75cm x 8cm pieces. Draw a line every 15cm (or the length of the sides of your star) along this rectangle. Score along each of these lines to create a sharp crease.
Apply a thin layer of glue to the card then stick to the sides, neatly butting up to the front edge. The creases will fall into place at the points of the star.
Cut a small hole in the silver card and feed through the electrical cord.