Wood Star Serving Tray or Wall Decor

wood star
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Craft your own wood star serving tray!  Fill with treats and bites, and bring as the perfect hostess gift, or display at your next holiday party.

We also love this wood star as wall decor or a photo frame.  Free plans from Ana-White.com

Built by Jaime Costiglio for Handbuilt Holiday

Wood Star Features

  • Easy to build design using 1x2s
  • Angled cuts can be cut on any miter saw
  • No special tools
  • Perfect size as a party platter for coffee tables and serving areas
  • Festive star shape is fun and different
  • Solid wood accepts stain beautifully


More Photos and Details 

This wood star was built for Handbuilt Holiday - our holiday series where Jaime Costiglio and I team up to get you a new, free gift plan every Friday in the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas.

For more photos and build steps, please visit Jaime Costiglio's build post here.

Wood star dimensions
Wood Star Dimensions


Shopping List
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 6 feet long
  • 1 - 1/4" plywood @ 19" x 19"
  • 1-1/4" and 3/4" brad nails
Cut List

5 - 1x2 @ 13" - both ends cut at 30 degree bevel, ends ARE parallel

Cut the smaller pieces in step 1 from these boards

The back 1/4" plywood should be traced and cut to fit

Tape Measure
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer


Step 1

Set the miter saw to 30 degree bevel and cut 10 1x2s, with ends parallel, to 13" overall length, long point to short point measurement.

Now set the miter saw to 24 degree bevel.

Cut the 13" long piece into two pieces as shown in the diagram.

Step 2

Glue one shorter and one longer piece together.  Hot glue works really well, but regular glue is good too - just let it dry.

You can also nail the joints for added strength, but it will be a little tricky nailing at an angle.

Step 3

Nail and glue the sections together to create the star.

Step 4

Place the wood star on the 1/4" plywood and trace the outline on the outside.

Cut out with a jigsaw.

Glue and nail with shorter nails to the back of the 1x2 frame.



Wed, 12/04/2019 - 12:22

It appears some of the dimensions are off. 

If you cut the 13" piece at 6.5", that would leave the remaining piece at 6.5" (minus blade width), not 5.5".  Should the initial cut be 12"?



Sat, 12/07/2019 - 09:59

The measurements are from long to short on the middle bevel cut, so the long side on the short end piece makes up the 1" (minus the blade width). It took me a while to wrap my head around that too, so I marked it up to a beginner's lesson learned...lol.


Fri, 12/03/2021 - 08:55

I have the same question as 2 previous posts, should the overall length of each piece be 12” measured from the long to short. I assume that as long as there is a 1” difference between the two final pieces, the star will come together. Thanks for a great project idea.

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