Star of Light Christmas DIY Gift Box


Star of Light Christmas DIY Gift Box

Make a Star of Light DIY Gift Box this Christmas. Christmas is a time of giving and sharing small gifts. The symbolism behind it is to remind us of the gifts that Jesus received from the wise men who followed a bright star leading them to Him. This year, use this salt dough recipe to make a star to top this DIY gift box. This creative salt dough project pays homage to the star that foretold the truth. This DIY Christmas gift box is a thrifty way of adding a special touch to your DIY Christmas gifts.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsClay, Paint, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts


Materials List

  • Natural-colored box with a tuck lid, 4.6" x 3.6" x 3"
  • 30 small cerise pink flat-sided rhinestones
  • 1/2-cup flour
  • 1/4-cup salt
  • 7-1/2-ml vegetable oil
  • 1/4- to 1/3-cup water 
  • Acrylic paint in the following two colors: baby pink and white
  • Drinking straw
  • Paintbrush
  • Clear-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)
  • Quick-drying clear matt spray varnish
  • Pencil
  • Artline 210 Fineliner black pen
  • Maroon felt tip pen
  • Star cookie cutter from Tescoma Christmas cutters no. 630916
  • One of the star cookie cutters from Tescoma Christmas cutters no. 631416
  • Baking tray
  • Silicone baking sheet

Instructions for Making the Salt Dough Star:

  1. Mix the flour, salt, and oil together to make the salt dough.

  2. Gradually add the water while mixing. Keep adding water until the salt dough has a nice consistency.

  3. Knead the dough to mix everything well together.

  4. Place on silicone baking tray and roll it out to a 0/3” thickness.

  5. Use the bottom of the straw to make indents on the surface of the salt dough to add texture.

  6. Use the star cookie cutter from Tescoma 630916 to cut a star.

    Tip: It is a good idea to cut an extra star, in case the star cracks in the oven.

  7. Bake at 250º F for 80 minutes and allow to cool for a few hours.

  8. Paint the star with the white paint and allow to dry.

  9. Spray the star with a coat of varnish and allow to dry.

Instructions for Making the DIY Gift Box:

  1. Use a slightly wet brush and give the box an uneven wash with the pink acrylic paint. Paint the whole outside of the box, even the bottom, as well as the inside of the box. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  2. Clean the brush on a piece of newspaper. Now give the box an uneven wash with the white acrylic paint and allow to dry thoroughly. Remember to paint all areas again as in Step 1.

  3. Choose a star from Tescoma 631416 and use a pencil to trace stars all around the top lid and sides of the box. 

  4. Using broken lines, outline the pencil stars with the Artline pen.

  5. Use the Artline pen to add squiggles in between the stars. Add broken lines with the maroon pen to highlight certain areas of the squiggles.

  6. Spray all the painted areas with a coat of varnish and allow to dry thoroughly.

  7. Glue the star on top of the lid. 

  8. Finish it off by gluing randomly placed rhinestones to the lid.

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This is very pretty and very easy to do. I use to make salt dough ornaments every year. I sealed them with polyurethane to keep the humidity from getting into them. If it does they will crumble. On a different note, this is not a Christmas star. It is the Hebrew symbol and it's the Star of David. It has six points.


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