We love using tape to make easy art projects around here. Tape gives you the cleanest lines, and makes DIY projects like this 4th of July star art so quick and mistake-free.
You can use this star painting to decorate your home inside for the fourth of July, or seal it with Mod Podge to make it outside art!
11″ printable star template (click here to download)
Gesso to prime the art board
Acrylic or craft paints in red, blue, and white
Craft paint in light blue for background (This set would cover you for all 3 colors)
Paintbrush or foam brush
(Optional) Sealer for outdoor use
How to Make 4th of July Star Art
Paint 2 coats of gesso on the board’s front and sides, letting them dry completely in between layers.
Print out the 3 pages of star template at 100% (It is an 11″ star.)
Cut the star out and tape it together, then cut the star out.
Trace around the star in the center of the art board with pencil.
Tape stripes over half the star diagonally, and paint the art panel areas in between the paint stripes red.
Paint the other half of the star with the dark blue paint, and allow to dry.
Cut out the small stars from page 3 of the template and tape them down over the blue star area.
Paint the small stars white.
To make the star look more finished, you can lay 2 pieces of tape around the border of the star, very close to each other. This will give you a space to paint in around the border of the star. We used red just around the red stripe area, but you can do the whole star in red or dark blue if you’d like. Let this dry.
Paint the edges of the panel in blue and red and let dry completely.
To finish your 4th of July star art, Brush the blighter blue color paint on the background. You can freehand it if you’re brave, or tape off the edges of the star before you paint to be safe. We painted ours with the foam brush, in one direction, to give it some texture.
Hanging the Star Art Outdoors
Sealing art for outdoor use is tricky. You don’t want to use an oil-based sealer, which can yellow. Water based sealers aren’t quite as durable, but there are a few made specifically for outdoor use.
I have not tested these, but I would imagine hanging your art right out in the open won’t be too great for it. Try to hang it somewhere partially protected from the elements.
After researching how to seal wood art for outdoors, I found a couple of promising products like
Let us know if you’ve used anything to outdoor seal your artwork and loved it!
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