This stuffed pillow star hanger not only uses recycled book pages, but also a brown paper grocery bag and the beads from broken necklaces. I utilized an old novel, but sheet music or magazine pages would make wonderful substitutes. Crafted in less than an hour, this project makes a great activity idea for craft night with the girls. Decorate with a star hanger for a variety of holidays, or as room accent all through the year. Hang the finished star on a door knob or prop on a shelf for a touch of recycled vintage charm.
Things You Will Need:
Brown paper grocery bag
2 metal scrapbooking eyelets
Eyelet setting tool
Needle nose pliers
Cut or tear out pages from an old book. Your pages need to be at least 8 1/4 inches long. The number of pages needed will depend on their width.
Cut 12 strips 2 1/2 inches wide by 8 1/4 inches long from the book pages. My pages were each over 5 inches wide, so I was able to get two strips from each page.
Fold each strip in half, matching the long edges.
Lay six strips vertical and side-by-side on your work surface. Weave the remaining strips horizontal through the vertical strips. Alternate the over/under pattern with each strip.
Lift the ends of each strip and apply stick glue between the layers. This will hold the weave in place and prevent the strips from shifting during stitching.
Enlarge, trace or copy a star shape to measure approximately 8 inches across. The star’s size has to fit within the edges of the woven book pages. Cut out the star pattern.
Cut open a brown paper grocery bag. Lay the bag flat with the outside of the bag facing up. The outside of the bag will be the inside of the star pillow so if there is a label on the bag it will not show.
Place the woven book pages on top of the brown paper. Center the star pattern on the book pages and lightly trace around it using a pencil. Lift the edges of the book pages and apply stick glue to hold the pieces together. Note: Do not apply stick glue to any area within the traced shape or you will not be able to stuff the pillow later.
Sew around the star, 1/4 inch inside the traced line. Leave a 3-inch opening for stuffing. Cut out the star shape just inside the traced line. Fill the star with stuffing and sew the opening closed.
Lay the star on your work surface with one point at the top. Measure in 1 1/2 inches from the tip of each horizontal arm and mark with a pencil. Attach a metal scrapbooking eyelet over each mark.
Cut a 15-inch length of craft wire using wire cutters. Insert one end of the wire through one eyelet, from the back of the star to the front. Pull 2 inches through the hole. Using needle nose pliers, curl the tip of the wire end around the pliers. This will prevent the wire from slipping out of the hole.
Thread an assortment of beads saved from broken necklaces onto the wire. Fill the wire to within 2 inches of the end. Insert the end through the remaining eyelet hole and curl the wire to secure.
If desired, add a scrap of lace trim to the beaded hanger and glue a charm (broken earring) to the center-front of the pillow.
Shredded paper or scraps of fabric can be substituted for stuffing, and the beaded hanger can be omitted completely if using the star as a shelf sitter.