How To Paint A Christmas Star
My Nativity set is pieced together from a multitude of sets – the animals from one, the angel from another and the wise men, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus from another. I believe the shepherds have come and gone to tell others of Jesus’ birth. This is because I cannot find them anywhere – they might be back in the fields with their flocks by now. So while I look for the shepherds I created my own Christmas star for my Nativity and want to show you how to paint a Christmas star of your very own.
Paint Your Canvas Ombre
Ombre isn’t complicated, I promise. Well it might be but my method is not. And a disclaimer, I am not a trained artist, I am a well let’s see if this works artist 😉 so this is most likely not proper and will make someone gasp.
Ombre On Canvas Technique
Black & White Paint First
- Squeeze a line of black paint at the top
- Squeeze a line of black with two dots of white in between your black and your navy
Squeeze a line of navy paint a third of the way down
Navy & White Paint
Squeeze a line of navy with two drops of white paint near the bottom
Blending _ Karate Kid Style
Using your paint brush and wiping it often with paper towels drag the colors across your canvas. Do not go up and down only straight across (that’s a bit of Karate Kid for you!)
A Christmas Star For Your Canvas
Create A Christmas Star On Your Canvas
Christmas Star Stencil
Print the Christmas Star stencil on cardstock – the printable is above!
Prepare Your Stencil
Cut out the inside of the star and lay on your dry canvas.
Mod Podge or Favorite White Glue
Apply mod podge inside your stencil.
- Shake glitter on to your mod podge.
- Remove the stencil carefully.
A Finished Christmas Star
Let dry. Knock off any excess glitter with a paintbrush or with your hand gently.
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Your Painted Christmas Star in Your Nativity
Display your Christmas Star above your Nativity. Use an easel, hang it directly on the wall or use a rake head (I talk more about using a rake head for decor here) for a small shelf for your Christmas Star to sit on.
You can also use an easel to hold your Christmas Star. Here I placed the Nativity set in an upcycled repurposed jewelry box. When setting up your Nativity think outside the stable or creche!
Before You Fly Away To Paint A Christmas Star
Pin any of the images to Pinterest so you can create your own Christmas Star for your Nativity – hover over any picture to save the pin to your Pinterest account. So easy!
Christmas Inspiration Hop
Thank you Julia with a It’s a Loverly Life for hosting this Christmas inspiration blog hop! Please visit each of the ladies linked below for more Christmas ideas!
Very cute project to do with the kids on Christmas Day! It came out lovely. About how long will it take to dry?
Thank you Tara! Drying time depends on how much paint the painter uses 🙂 but I was able to dry with a hair dryer fairly quickly with the amount of paint I used. Have fun on Christmas Day with this project!
I’m so impressed with your creativity! The star looks amazing! I would have never thought to put artwork above my nativity. Love it! Happy Holidays, Donna
Thank you so much Donna! I love to put small expressions of ourselves (whether my daughters or myself) throughout our home. It truly makes a house a home when your people are woven through it!
I love this addition to your nativity scene. My girls would also love to create their own Christmas star. They are better artists than I am! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your sweet DIY. Merry Christmas!
Susan, this one is so easy! Trust me I am no artist and I made it happen! This would be a fun activity for all of you 🙂
This is so lovely! The glitter for the star was a great call. I’ve always wondered how people paint such beautiful ombre backgrounds. Definitely need to follow your tutorial sometime!
Thank you so much Ashley! I’m not sure how you technically paint ombre but this is how I’ve discovered how to do it. I’m sure there are more artisty ways to do it;)
Kristin, the star turned out so beautifully.
It is the perfect addition to your nativity.
Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!
Thank you so much Juliet! Happy Christmas to you and yours!
Love this dIY Kristin! I will certainly be trying my hand at this one! Happy Holidays!
Thank you Stephanie -make sure to show it off and tag me, I want to see! Happy Christmas to you and yours!
What a beautiful addition to your nativity scene. We love your creativity, Kristin!
Thank you ladies! Happy Christmas to you and yours!
Love this Kristin! You make it look so easy, and what a pretty addition the nativity set!
Thank you Kimberly! It is easy – for everyone!
This is so pretty, and the gold glitter makes it perfect over your nativity. Pinned!
This is beautiful and I really appreciate the step by step process. I’ll have to give it a try.
Kristin you make this look so easy! I could even do this with my grandson! Pinned.
Kristin this looks awesome! Loved linking up with you today!
What a lovely painting! Love your nativity scene too! So happy to hop along with you!
Oh this is so cute! I love how it ties everything together!
This is a really neat idea. We don’t have a star in our nativity set and now we need to make one! Thanks for sharing. My son will like this project.
Marie – oh how much fun to do this with your son! A great idea 💜
Your star is just beautiful! It’s the perfect addition to your nativity scene. Love it!