Brian and I went to Lowe's last night and I stumbled across some big metal barn stars (and have seen many altered in beautiful ways!). Each metal star had a cardboard divider that was the exact size and mold and shape of the metal stars. I grabbed a couple and took them to the register to ask if I could have them. They gave them to me! So, now I have two huge (34 inches across!) cardboard barn stars to alter and love and enjoy. And I will be creating art from something that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. (Ginger will LOVE this!) :D Yay!
The cardboard is pretty sturdy, but I will probably hot-glue a few dowel rods on the back for extra support and to give it a way to be hung.
Anyway, if you have a Lowe's near you, check it out for some of these!