I glued the letters onto the stars, and couldn't resist the bling-bling of glitter. I really wanted the letters to stand out and... well, sparkle.
Now for the fun part! I embellished the stars using buttons and Happy Birthday ribbon. My husband complained that this was too cutsie for my very boyish boy... next year, he insists that I make him an airplane banner!
To hang the stars, I punched holes in the top points and strung it with twine. I had to dab just a dot of hot glue to hold the stars facing forward on the twine so they wouldn't swing.
Just one more view...
By the way, isn't my parents' mantel lovely?!