This DIY Christmas Star ornament only takes 4 easy steps! You will whip it up in a few minutes, so you can make several to hang in your Christmas tree. This DIY was actually born from my pathological need to avoid wasting. I was making a wicker basket and cut the ends of remaining rattan rods to finish it up. I was left with a little heap of sticks. After some chopping to equalise the size, the castoff from my basket-making became supplies!
I’m using clay pearls I made with salt dough. Wooden pearls would look great too but you might prefer the contrast that comes from using wooden sticks and unfinished clay. They are so easy to make. Making clay pearl is very forgiving. It doesn’t matter if the pearls are wonky or uneven, the more artisanal the better!
Materials & Tools
- 5 wooden sticks (rattan or bamboo can work)
- Embroidery thread
- Clay or wooden pearls
- Glue gun
- Needle threader
1 First, fire up your glue gun! You’ll need your most-trusted DIY ally to drop tiny glue dots on the sticks. Start with the top spike, like in the first picture, and add glue at the top end to join the sticks. Next, add a drop of glue on the bottom right end and lay a new stick pointing left. Repeat this step: glue the bottom left stick and lay it pointing right, like in picture 3. Finally, add 2 glue dots at the end of the sticks you just laid out and position the last stick horizontally.
2 Cut your embroidery floss to size. Make sure it’s long enough that you can comfortably hang it to your Christmas tree branches. Thread the floss through the top of the star.
3 Next, you can start adding your pearls. If they are homemade like mine, you can use a needle threader to help them get onto the embroidery floss. Mix up different sizes of pearls.
4 Once you have added all your pearls, make a knot right after your pearls to prevent them from riding up the thread. Add another knot at the top to finish your ornament. Done, that was fast, right?Holidays & CelebrationsWood