Outdoor Lighting: Stars
Bring a bit of the heavens down to snowy earth with stars fashioned from ordinary garden stakes.
Photography: Victoria Pearson
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007
To determine how many feet of lights you will need, first decide the size and number of stars you would like to make, and then add the lengths of each of the stakes required.
For more ideas and installation tips, see Nights All Aglow.
5 bamboo garden stakes of equal length for each star (cut to size with hand pruner; we trimmed ours to 2, 3, 5, 7 feet)
Small and large white zip ties
100-bulb strands of white wire lights
1 1/2- inch finishing nails or brads
To make 1 star: On a flat surface, arrange stakes in a 5-pointed star. Using small zip ties, secure the inner 5 points, and then secure the outer 5 points, top. Use a large zip tie to secure each of the outer points. Trim tie ends.
Secure plug end of strand to 1 point of the star with small zip tie. Drape strand along the length of stake, and then pass it between the 2 stakes crossed at end. Repeat along the adjacent stake. Drape strand along every stake of star. Secure with small zip ties, and trim tie ends. Repeat to make more stars if desired. (Add more strands as needed to connect stars to one another.)
Secure each star to a wooden building with 3 or more 1 1/2-inch finishing nails or brads. Use blackout caps to conceal the lights between each star.