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The star was the first original outdoor decoration that I ever created. Sometime in the late 1980's when I was in high school, the 8-function computerized "magic" lights first became available. I decided to buy a set and create a star for my parent's display..
The star is really quite simple to construct, although a bit tedious. I used 5' lathe boards for each segment, and fastened them together. Then, I determined a bulb spacing for the perimeter of the star, and drilled 140 holes into the boards. Each hole is slightly smaller than the bulb base, which allows you to push the bulb into the hole so that the glass part emerges to the front, but the base stays snugly in the frame of the star. As a final touch, I used white garland fastened with push pins around the perimeter to give the lights more of a diffused look.
The star is still going strong in Mom's display about 15 years later. Before the Christmas 2000 season, I replaced the white garland, which had begun to weather badly, but other than that, (and an occasional bulb replacement) it still looks and works great. Since the star uses the computerized 8-function lights, the lights will chase in various patterns around the perimeter, fade in and out of the 4 colors used, and other effects.
Here is a picture of my Mom's display, which Cathy and I continue to put up for her over Thanksgiving weekend:
This page was last updated on Friday, September 15, 2006