This year my husband and I are going through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, which it’s wonderful and all, but it is making the holidays more challenging in the sense of priorities, and what we really “need” and not what we just want. Which is actually mostly me wanting to make Christmas a certain way since the boys are only 3 and 1. As long as they are getting to spend time with Mom and Dad, and they know what Christmas is really about; talk about Jesus and why he was born, well that’s the only thing that matters. At their age they literally have NO expectations for Christmas yet. If they get few pieces of candy, get to unwrap boxes (no need for a toy to be inside, the box is the only toy they will pay attention to that day), and watch a fun Christmas movie or two they will still have a great time without the insane $$$ cost that usually comes this time of year.
(This is our tree pre-decoration)
So in the spirit of the season of life that we are in I decided to attempt to make a decent star for our tree. Last year my husband put a hat on top of the tree…. I would share a picture if I had it, but I don’t think I kept that one. The nice thing is that if you already have craft supplies, then you probably have everything that you need to make this star, and if not the supplies are pretty inexpensive compared to the $10-$100 tree start that I found around town.
Step 1: READ ALL THE STEPS 1st. There are a few ways that you can do this.
You will need:
- 18 regular sized popsicle sticks
- Hot glue gun with glue
- a roll of twine
- Optional: Yarn
All of these can be found at your local Hobby Lobby, Michaels, even Walmart! Or if you’re like me you like to take advantage of online shopping and follow one of the links above; but, hopefully, like I said you should have most of these items around if you’re a crafter.
Now that you have all of your supplies, make some space, and heat up that glue gun… or grab that tacky glue. BTW I had never heard of this amazing tacky glue until a few months ago. (I haven’t been a crafter for long… Thank you Pinterest!) It’s amazing!
Start your star by making 6 of these triangles; try to overlap them, this makes the triangle stronger.
After you have made the 6 triangles you will glue them into the shape of a star. (Yes, I know mine is crooked… I’m my own Pinterest Fail #pinterestfail)
Next you will the twine onto the stars corner, start wrapping it around the triangle. It didn’t occur to me that it might be easier to do this step before connecting all of the parts, so you could try doing that if you would like too.
Almost done with the outer triangles… this is a little time consuming so make sure that you have a good hour or two to do this. Plus a snack and maybe a Christmas movie too!
I didn’t know where to go with the center part of the twine at first, but starting on the edge of one of the triangles and overlapping part of the triangle seemed to get the most coverage without having to use as much twine as I did trying to make crosses all over the middle of the star. As you can see the bottom part of the star is where I started to get the hang of how to cover the middle.
Half way through Miracle on 34th Street, one cheese stick, and a few handfuls of crackers later. Wa-la the star was finished. I really wish that I had some sparkly white yarn on me, but I figure I can replace it next year. So if anyone does use that or maybe a gold or some other fun color load it into the comments. I would LOVE to see some variety here!
I hope that you try this out! It was a really fun project; if you are like me, on a tight budget, but are in love with the Christmas season, this just might be the way to go.
What projects have you taken on in the spirit of the holiday season? Do you have any projects that you do every year?