Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Star Shakers by Hilary Kanwischer

Hey everyone, it's Hilary here today with a final Americana project for you just in time for the 4th of July using the Sizzix 3-D Star Bright die by Tim Holtz.

Sizzix Tutorial | Americana Star Shakers by Hilary Kanwischer

Are you planning any outings to 4th of July parades this year?  Perhaps you have little ones that you dress in red, white and blue, and you head out to the county fair and cheer on the floats and bands that pass by, well how about letting your little ones grab a star shaker, so they can show their pride by waving and shaking to their hearts content!


These stars are so fun, and inside I put some raw beans, so when you shake them, they make the best sound! These look great sitting in a rusty bucket as well, or use them as a centerpiece for your 4th of July picnic. Below I'll show you just how I made them.


These 3-D stars sit atop wooden sticks I found while running.  I always like to collect natural things when I'm out and about, then reuse them for fun projects like this.   The sticks measure about 15 inches long.  A little hard to tell by the photos, so I'm letting you in on the size.


To keep these durable and long lasting I used heavy chipboard and mod podge, and all the sides are sealed using hot glue.


I kept the backs of the stars plain.


And the side image show how nice and "puffy" these are.  Perfect for shakers. Okay, lets begin:


To cut my stars, I used a Big Shot Pro for most of my die cutting. First I set my die upon an adapter pad in the sliding tray, then on the top of that I set a cutting pad down.  I then laid the 3-D Star Bright die onto the platform, cutting side up, then my paper, then finally a crease pad.  Roll through the machine.

***If you are using the Sizzix Big Shot, your cutting sandwich consists of one cutting pad, then your die, then your paper, and finally your crease pad***


Okay for this project, die cut 2 chipboard stars for each star you are going to make.  For my project, I created 3 stars so I cut out 6 chipboard stars.  The crease pad helps the crease rule in the dies to create nice scored lines.


Next, die cut stars from various pattern papers, and cut off the tiny tab that accompany the stars, you don't need them.


Next, begin folding your stars, and turning your tabs inward. Use a bone folder if your chipboard is really thick.


Then, fit two chipboard stars together and begin adhering the stars together by applying hot glue to the tab and adhere it to the star behind it.


Continue gluing all the way around, but leave a slightly large hole at the bottom as this is for your stick.


When you have finished gluing all the stars, mod podge the pattern papers to the chipboard.  I wanted my stars to have a bit of a patchwork look, so I cut my patterns apart.


When you finish adhering paper to both sides, and it's dry, sand and roughen up the edges by using a sanding block.


Then mod podge the tops, and let dry.  Once dry, distress further by inking the edges.


Once your stars have dried out, you are ready to insert your beans.  I used only about 4 per each star, you don't need many. The fewer you have the more room they have to shake around, thus producing more sound! LOL!!  So, insert your beans by just pushing them gently through the hole at the bottom.


Next, apply hot glue generously to the tip of the stick and insert it into the star, making sure all sides are glued.  You don't want the stick to break away, so be sure you add plenty of glue and just patiently wait till it's dried.  Then adhere any sides together that may have come loose.   To finish, adhere silver tinsel around the star using hot glue. For added embellishment add a mirrored star to the center, and complete with metallic ribbon and a red gingham checked ribbon tied into a bow.


Voila!  I hope you enjoyed my project today and I hope this inspires you to create your own star shakers!  They are so fun to make and your kids will just love them!

Have a great afternoon everyone!

signature Hilary Kanwischer

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

  • Bo Bunny, Authentique, Webster's Pages & Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Hot glue
  • Distressing ink, (vintage photo)
  • Sanding block
  • wSoden sticks, (approximately 15 inches long), make sure that your sticks will not produce splinters if used by little hands
  • Silver metallic ribbon
  • Red gingham ribbon
  • Dried beans
  • Mirrored stars
  • Vintage silver tinsel

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