PS - my mantle looks scratched below but it's just the hairs on the jute.
Here are the things you'll need. Note, I started with some colourful Krylon spray paint but decided to go for white in the end.
First put together your stars without glue, then layer them together with some hot glue. The hot glue worked really well on these wooden shims.
Once your stars are done, let the glue cool and spray paint them white. I tested out a few different colours and I stained a couple but I ended up liking plain white the best.
Glue a string of jute to the backs of each star.
Wow, I need a new glue gun, lol
Well, that's it. Now I just need to decide on a final spot for this garland.