My daughter and I made some Christmas stars for her to give as gifts to her kinder friends last year – like for my son, I wanted something other than candy canes and it is so much nicer to make something.
Making Christmas stars
I was inspired for these stars by Crafty morning’s snowflake ornaments. I prefer to make stars rather than snowflakes don’t mean Christmas to Aussie kids – and I think mine look more like stars anyway!
ribbon or similar for hanging
scissors and hole punch
How to make the Christmas stars
cut cotton buds into two pieces – uneven sizes is the aim so don’t worry about making them equal or matching sizes!
Add glue to a piece of cotton bud – I found the easiest way for my daughter was to have a blob of glue on a plate and put the pieces in the glue.
Stick 5 or 6 pieces onto cardboard with the cut ends together and the other ends spreading out to for a star shape.
Spread some glue roughly between the cotton bud pieces – close to the centre, reaching out to different lengths.
Sprinkle some glitter over the star.
This stage needs adult supervision or assistance for younger children. Cut out the cardboard around the stars – it is easier to cut roughly around each star and then neatening it up. Rounded edges look nicer, I think, but sharp corners could be effective, too.
Then simply put a hole in the cardboard of each star, thread through some ribbon or twine and you’re done! I made a little loop of the ribbon so it would be easy for the kid to hang the stars on a tree, and it also made it easy to hang a number of stars on a length of ribbon at home, too.
The stars are small and light enough that my daughter could pop them into an envelope with a Christmas card to hand out to her friends.