This Christmas, I set myself the challenge of making crafts that you could make from items you find in the Pound/Dollar store. So, here's the first! Weave your own sparkly woollen stars for around 15-20p each when you buy the wool and lolly sticks from pound land.
And they only take 15-30 minutes!
Check out the video guide below and read on!
Step 1: Collect Your Tools and Materials
For the project, you'll need:
- A ball of coloured sparkly yarn/wool
- 5 lolly/popsicle sticks (per star)
- A roll of masking/sticky tape
Let's get started!
Step 2: Make Your Star Base
First up, take your 5 lolly sticks and arrange them into a star.
Use masking/sticky tape to hold the corners in place and then use further tape to hold the pieces together in the middle.
Step 3: Attach Your Wool
Next up, tie one end of your wool to the frame of the star.
It doesn't matter where you tie your wool to your star frame but I tied mine to one of the base of the points.
Step 4: Wrap/weave Up to the Tip
Now, starting at the base of one of the star's points, begin wrapping the wool around the star's point's sides.
Wrap tightly, not being afraid to go back over if you can see wood until your reach the tip.
You might notice the wool doesn't hold as well near the tip. When that happens, it's time for the next step!
Step 5: Wrapping the Tip of the Point
To cover the tip of the star's point, wrap under the opposite side of the star (see photos) and keep wrapping over and under until the tip is covered.
Step 6: Wrap Back Down to the Base
Next up, wrap around back down the star's point until you reach the base again.
Move onto the next point of the star and repeat steps 4-6 until all points are wrapped tightly.
Step 7: Wrapping Across the Middle
For the middle of the star, wrap between corners where the bases of the stars meet (see 1st photo).
As you wrap, begin to make your way up the star until your wrapped wool reached the point where the next points' bases meet (see photos!)
Now, move onto the next pairs of base corners and repeat, working your way around the star until the middle is covered.
Finally for this step, wrap your way up one point and knot the wool off around 1cm from the end of the tip of the point.
Step 8: Tieing a Loop for Hanging
Cut your wool, allowing around 15-20cm of thread.
Next, loop the thread around 3-4 fingers (depending on the loop size you want and tie a knot so the loop holds your fingers.
Slip your fingers out and you've got your hanging loop!
Step 9: Hang Those Stars and Watch Them Sparkle!
Congratulations! You've just finished your beautiful woven woollen stars and your tree is ready to look amazing.
I found Poundland stocks sparkly wool (see the purple star) which looks amazing.
Also, dabbing PVA glue on the star and sprinkling glitter on them would add a fab touch of sparkle!
Thanks very much for checking out my Instructable and do check out the video for the full run through!