Step 5: Distress It!

This is probably my favorite step, because the antique look really starts to come through. Plus there is an artistic element to sanding, which is usually just annoying and painful :) I used 100 grit sandpaper and started working at the edges to remove portions of the paint. Once I had the edges about where I wanted them, I started working on all the points of the star to wear (ever so slightly) the paint away. I think I even got carried away and worked at the middle of the star a bit. Either way, I just kept checking the area I was sanding frequently to make sure I wasn't getting too rough with it. I think another important part is to make sure you vary the amount of pressure you apply to the sandpaper so the worn spots don't look too uniform.
That's cool but... maybe have the LED's out line the star? that would be EPIC... but difficult as well.<br />
Hey Mehehehful; <br> <br> I outlined my star last year with white LED's and all my neighbors want one. As you stated it's EPIC, but not difficult to do.
We still use the cardboard and red foil star my mom and dad made their first christmas&nbsp;in '88.
Cool. Any pictures of it lit up?
It is lit in the first three pictures, but they didn't come out so hot...sorry about that.

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