Several years ago I was shopping in the antique stores of downtown Waxahachie when I ran across a booth full of cast iron hooks and shapes. I’ve always loved the old stars that hang on the outside of the old downtown buildings so I picked up a few and made star ornaments from them! I discovered that they’re actually called “anchor plates” or “wall washers”. They’re used to reinforce the old brick walls. Here’s an example of one on an old brick building.
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Supplies for Star Ornaments
- 3″ cast iron stars with holes in the center
- spray paint – I used Rustoleum Satin Heirloom White
- dark annealed wire, 24 gauge
- old rhinestone buttons
- wire cutters — NOT the ones you use for jewelry! This wire is much harder and will damage your jewelry wire cutters.
Start by spray painting the stars. This Homeright Spray Shelter comes in handy! I use it all the time with my sprayer AND regular spray paint cans.
Next, cut off a piece of wire and wrap both ends through the hole in the center.
Then glue the rhinestone button in the middle.
That’s it… pretty easy, right?
If you enjoyed these simple cast iron star ornaments, you might also like these:
- Nativity Scene Ornaments
- Doily and Burlap Christmas Ornaments
- 50 Easy Christmas Ornaments to Make
- Christmas Cloche from a Thrift Store Clock
- Terra Cotta Bell Christmas Ornament
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‘Til the next project,