How to Make Christmas Star Decorations

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Whether you need Christmas decorations to embellish your home, a classroom or a party location, create your own star embellishments as a festive touch for the holidays. Use basic craft techniques and inexpensive supplies such as glitter, Styrofoam and buttons to design projects ranging from Christmas tree ornaments to whimsical holiday wreaths. Enlist the kids to help you make colorful and creative star crafts to distribute as inexpensive winter gifts for friends, family members, teachers and neighbors.

Things You'll Need

  • 6- to 10-inch plywood stars
  • Double-stick tape
  • Memorabilia
  • Decoupage glaze
  • Cylinder vase and scented candle
  • Styrofoam stars
  • White glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Red, green, silver or gold glitter
  • Screwdriver
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Paper plate
  • Red, green or yellow wood craft sticks
  • Gems, buttons or sequins
  • Magnetic adhesive
  • Glass star ornaments
  • Metal hook
  • Create table centerpiece accents out of 6- to 10-inch plywood stars. Use double-stick tape to affix Christmas memorabilia such as small photos, snippets of wrapping paper and sentiments cut from greeting cards to the surface of the star so it's completely covered. Coat the craft with a light layer of matte or glossy decoupage glaze, and then lean the decorated Christmas stars against a cylinder-shaped candle holder filled with a scented candle.

  • Make twinkling Christmas star decorations to hang from door knobs, mirrors or windows. Brush a layer of white glue onto 3- to 5-inch Styrofoam stars and sprinkle the shapes with red, green, silver or gold glitter. Use a screwdriver to punch a hole in the top of the star once the project dries. Cut an 8-inch-long piece of ribbon, push one end through the hole and tie the ends together to create a loop to hang the sparkling star.

  • Let the kids make simple star wreaths by using scissors to cut a dozen 3-inch stars out of cardstock. While the kids add designs to the stars with markers, prepare a ring by cutting the center out of a white paper plate. Glue the stars around the paper plate ring, overlapping the edges so the white plate doesn't show through. Hang the wreath on a hook on your child's bedroom door.

  • Design stars out of red, green or yellow wood craft sticks. Arrange five sticks into a star shape and secure the corners with dots of white glue. Embellish the star with gems, buttons or sequins affixed with glue. Place two strips of magnetic adhesive on the back to hang the stars on the refrigerator.

  • Customize clear, glass star tree ornaments. Remove the metal top from the ornament and carefully push thin strips of colorful ribbon through the hole at the top until the ornament appears "full." Replace the top and add a metal hook to hang the star on your tree.

Tips & Warnings

  • When adding photos or memorabilia to your Christmas star projects, use color copies if you might need to retrieve the items in the future. Once you affix the pieces with double-stick tape or sealed with decoupage glaze, you won't be able to remove them without substantial damage.
  • Simplify cleanup after making the Christmas star crafts by covering your work surface with old newspapers. Not only will you protect the table from spilled paints and adhesives, but you'll also be able to roll the paper up and discard it when the crafting session is over.

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