Light Up Star Decor Inspired by PB Kids

Ever since I saw this light up star in Pottery Barn Kid’s catalog, I’ve been trying to figure out how to make my own.  When my mother brought us some wonderful boxes of chocolates for Valentine’s day, I knew I had the supplies I needed to make my own PB Kids light up star.  I love to be able to use recycled products in my crafting, and this was the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day and get my crafting fix!

PB-kids-light-star-Crafts-UnleashedHere’s the side by side of the PB Kids version and my version. With just a few supplies, you can create your own version of this light up star decor for a tiny fraction of the designer’s cost!

PB-kids-comparable-Crafts-UnleashedSupplies needed to make your own PB Kids light up star:supply2

PB-kids-light-star-Crafts-Unleashed-suppliesStep one:  Paint the recycled candy box and let it dry.

Step two:  Use the awl to pierce the box.  I put tape over the spot before I pierced it, to keep the paper from ripping and to help hold the bulbs in place.

PB-kids-light-star-Crafts-Unleashed-awlStep three:  Press the lights into the holes.  Insert batteries, put the case in the box, and close.


PB-kids-light-star-Crafts-Unleashed-3I made a hole in the back to hang my star up, but it can also stand.  I simply take the top of the box off when I need to turn the lights on or off.

PB-kids-light-star-Crafts-Unleashed-1There you have it – a PB Kids inspired decor item for a sliver of the price!

PB-kids-light-star-Crafts-Unleashed-2You could use a square or rectangular box to create a light up word or picture.  A heart shaped box would be cute, too.  Save those boxes…you never know when you might be able to use them!

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About Morena

Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at She loves to share ideas for projects that are fast, frugal, and fabulous: easy on time and money, and great to look at! Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Make sure to swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!


  1. JaneEllen says

    Your knock off star is perfect, love it to bits. Smart you, great idea to use chocolate box. MMMMM then you get to eat candy also (maybe). Where did you buy the little teeny lights? Just think how cute that could be for Christmas holidays, July 4th. i.e. , so adaptive if you make a few of them.
    Is there a reason I couldn’t use a paper mache star box? That’s closest thing I could think of to make this. Hmm, maybe use some chipboard or light cardboard to make stars. Now I’m going to have to figure out how to do that with some chipboard sheets I got at Michaels. I’ll make a cardstock template first to try it out. See what you started? lol. Love a challenge like that, figure out how to make something another way. Does it have to be 3 dimensional? Let me know what you think Ok? Please? Happy Spring


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