I’m a lover of Christmas time. Perhaps it’s the memories, or the time spent with family and friends, or perhaps it just signals the start of the long summer holidays which, as a teacher, I love! What ever it is, Christmas is my favourite time of the year. Christmas is not a huge production for us (in fact I like to keep it very simple), but I do love to do a few simple craft activities, and bake a few treats. And because I’m such a Christmas enthusiast, I like to start early.
I saw some wire decorations similar to this on Pinterest a few years back, and got inspired to make my own. These wire Christmas stars are super easy and only take 5 minutes to make.
You will need:
- An old bit of wood
- 5 bullet head nails
- Piece of paper and pen
- Jewellery wire (I used 24 gauge) – I picked this up in the beading section of a craft shop. They have several colours available.
- Beads (optional)
- Needle nose pliers.
To make the stars:
- Draw a five pointed star on a piece of paper.
2. Place the paper onto the wood, and knock a nail into each of five points.
3. Remove the paper.
4. Cut a length of jewellery wire and bend in half. I used approximately 80cm for each star.
5. Twist the top of the wire to form a little hook.
6. Begin winding one side of the wire around the star. If you want to add beads, thread them on as you go.
7. After going around the full star with one side of the wire, swap and use the other side to go around the star.
8. Repeat this alternately until most of the wire is used.
9. Wrap the last few centimeters of each end of the wire around a join in the star.
10. Cut a small piece of wire and wrap around a join, and repeat till all 5 joins are covered.
11. Slip the star off the nails and trim the excess wire off the joins.
12. Hang on your tree!
Do you love Christmas and Christmas crafts, or is it just too soon for you to even think about it?