It’s been 4 years since I originally posted this piece about making Christmas star decorations, yet like before, I once again confess that I am not quite ready to bring the tree down from the loft. This year when it comes down will be extra special. Having spent the majority of the year clearing out my mother’s house preparing it for sale, one of the things that I saved was my childhood basket of Christmas decorations. I am very much looking forward to digging through those along with the ones that Jacob, the boys and I have collected together and made, and combining them all into a final set to keep from this year onwards.
I haven’t yet dipped into the contents of the basket that came from my mother’s, but when I do I am sure to find some homemade decorations. The ones that have survived (no doubt some will find themselves destined for recycling) will be combined with the stars and baubles that my sons have made over the past few years, including the ones pictured below.
We love getting creative and making things together. I’m finding that whilst the boys have different interests (one favours drawing, another favours making for example) all three of them show enthusiasm for decorating our home for the Christmas season.
The Christmas star decorations in this post are very easy to make, and can be a quick win whether you are crafty or not. If you are making them with children then almost all ages can join in, although supervision may be required when using scissors. These stars are also versatile to use. They could be hung on your tree, from door handles or fashioned in to a garland. You can use the same method to make other shapes such as baubles, trees, candy canes or present boxes. You could even use different shapes for other celebrations – decorative birthday balloons, Easter eggs or felt daffodils would all look lovely.
What you will need:
Some tough cardboard (we used thick cardboard boxes)
Self-adhesive felt sheets
Large eyed needle
On the paper draw out two stars – one large one smaller. If you’re short on time or not a fan of drawing free hand then you might choose to find a suitable shape online and print a template out .
Cut the paper stars out and discard the remaining paper (when I say discard, you probably have enough to put back in a craft box and if not, don’t forget to recycle 😉 )
Draw around the stars on the cardboard and cut out the cardboard shapes. Put the paper stars to one side.
Using the larger star draw around it on the reverse of a piece of self adhesive felt, repeat this so you have two stars drawn out. Cut the tip of one of the cardboard points off once you have drawn around the star twice.
Cut the larger felt stars out and stick them to either side of the cardboard star making sure that the missing tip is fully covered and flexible.
Using the smaller cardboard star, draw around it on another piece of self adhesive felt and cut it out. Put the cardboard star to one side (we continued to use this as a template, with the paper star being relegated to a back up template) .
Stick the smaller star on top of the large felt covered cardboard star.
When dried, feel for the the missing cardboard tip. Using a large eyed needle thread a ribbon or piece of embroidery thread, or gift wrapping ribbon, through.
Tie and hang!
I hope that you enjoy making these stars (or other shapes!) as much as we have.
If you enjoyed this post you might also like to take a look at the seasonal creations that we made with a Squidgydoodle craft box, here.