Decorating with Rustic Metal Stars

With Texas being the Lone Star State, I guess it makes sense that Texans love displaying a lone star on anything and everything. Rustic metal stars are becoming quite popular in many places besides Texas. Some manufacturers call them primitive stars, Amish barn stars, and Americana stars.

Barn stars actually first became popular after the Civil War and can be traced back in America to the 1700s.

No matter what you choose to call them, three-dimensional metal stars are a hot interior and exterior decorating item. These stars are no longer just a barn decoration. They can be seen on the inside and outside of many homes, from the quaint 500 square foot woodframe home up to the gazillion square foot luxury homes. Stars range in size from the size of a button up to 6 feet tall. They come in a variety of colors and can easily be painted to create your own unique look.

My metal star
My metal star

Rustic Western Decor

I've always been a fan of log cabins and country style homes filled with western decor. I love cowhide furniture and cowhide rugs. I love wall colors in warm creams, tans and earthy tones. I call them cozy colors. They make me want to snuggle onto a comfy cowhide and leather sofa with a good book. I just find them visually appealing.

Entire stores devote themselves to the latest furniture, bedding, and wall decor in western themes. The Lone Star pattern can be found on:

  • Sofas, loveseats, recliners, rockers, chairs and living room sets
  • End Tables, coffee tables, sofa tables, hall tables
  • Lamps, sconces, chandeliers, wall and ceiling fixtures
  • Mirrors, wall hangings
  • Quilts, comforters, sheets, pillows
  • Towels, bathroom rugs, toothbrush holders, towel holders, shower curtains
  • Rugs, throws, curtains
  • Canisters, paper towel holders
  • Table cloths, table runners, placemats, napkins
  • Waste baskets, tissue box covers, coasters
  • Dinette Tables and chairs
  • Entertainment centers, armoire
  • China cabinet, pie safe, vegetable bin, breadbox

For the exterior, you can find the Lone Star pattern on:

  • Patio furniture
  • Benches
  • Planters and terra cotta pots
  • Mailboxes
  • Fences and gates
  • Birdbaths
  • Bird feeders

Uses for the Metal Stars

The metal stars look classy in their natural state, however, you can dress them up with various themes.

  • Paint them in their favorite football team colors
  • Paint them in red white a blue with stars and/or stripes
  • Paint them in seasonal colors (pastels for Easter, orange and black for Halloween, red and green for Christmas)
  • Apply rub-ons in various designs such as Victorian scrolls, exotic animal prints, paisley prints, etc.
  • Sponge on colors for a textured look
  • In sets you can mix and match the themes with solids and prints

 

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resspenser 7 years ago from South Carolina

My step-son, Mark, has three of these stars hanging on his wall right now. It is decorated in a wester theme and they go great in there.

Enjoyed the hub.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Resspenser! I love them. I think they go well with many room themes.


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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you for the hub on Texas Rustic metal stars. thank you for sharing. creativeone59


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you creativeone!


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

The stars will be handy come Christmas


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

They do make a nice Christmas decor item, Ethel.


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The Rope 7 years ago from SE US

Love seeing stories and info from "locals" and you are always so good at it. Once again, this one is great - thanks for the info.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks, The Rope!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Fun! I think we in Washington decorate with evergtrees for the same reason.. on quilts, rugs, everything. I love this hub!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

You're probably right, Candie. I like that look as well.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

"Americana" that was the word I was searching for when I left my last comment.. that's what these stars are (in my humble opinion)oops and a typo evergreen trees.. sheesh must have had too much coffee that day!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I agree that Americana can describe these. I overlook typos.....we all do them.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America

I just bought a new star today. We have one hanging in our kitchen and one on the door of the barn. Not sure where I'm going to put the new one. My husband and I were married in Texas 47 years ago.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Wow...47 years....you're creeping up on the big 50th anniversary. Congrats! I love that you bought a new one with no idea already in mind of where to put it. Don't we all do that from time to time? LOL Thanks for stopping by.


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relica 6 years ago from California

I never thought much about stars until my niece covered her ceiling in them. Some are colored, and some are painted with glow in the dark paint. They are fun to look at day or night! Loved your starry ideas.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hmmm, I never thought about the ceiling. That is a unique idea. Thanks for sharing, Relica.


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HalieTep 6 years ago

I really like to have sets of rustic stars. I wanted to place those in my entertainment room. I think that would be a great decor. Thanks for sharing your hub!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Halie Tep. I think rustic stars look great in a lot of different areas.


Marcy Moore 6 years ago

Oh I love these stars. My sister has decorated one of her walls in her garden with these and they look really nice.


Kerry43 6 years ago

Hey thanks for the links. I'm a western style/log cabin meets french provincial type of gal

Kez:)


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Marcy and Kerry! These stars have lots of uses.


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Maria Harris 5 years ago from Houston

Your decorating ideas are very creative and inexpensive too. Thanks for sharing.


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hanwillingham 5 years ago

Such a unique decorating ideas.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you Maria Harris and Hanwillingham!


STEPHANIE 5 years ago

LOVE THE TEXAS STAR


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CozyPozy 3 years ago from USA

I'd love to have one of those big rusty stars for the outside of our house. I'm surprised (and delighted) to see that they're not all that expensive. Thanks for the info & for so many ideas about other ways to use Lone Stars.

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