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Brass Star Ornaments

A casual backyard barbecue becomes a star-studded event with these oversized ornaments twirling around.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart


Simply bend and glue inexpensive brass strips from the hardware store to form celestial shapes. Hang them from a porch ceiling or even a tree limb. They will withstand the elements and catch the light as they spin in the breeze.


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  • 2 brass strips (K & S, each ½ inch wide and 36 inches long, $19 each,
  • Ruler
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • Strong adhesive (E6000 clear adhesive, $5 for 2 oz.,
  • String


  1. With a pencil, mark seven 5-inch-long sections on one brass strip; cut off excess with scissors.

  2. Using pliers, bend strip at each mark to form points of top part of star.

  3. Cut a 17-inch-long strip. Mark at 1 inch, then three 5-inch intervals, and then another 1-inch interval; bend at each mark.

  4. To complete star, glue short-end sections of 17-inch strip to ends of first strip. Let dry 24 hours, then hang with string.


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