This is a quick easy project that I have seen several times throughout the internet and in stores. However most of the stars I have seen have been smaller. I thought making a big one would make a statement. It is perfect for the front porch and I love how it has a natural rustic look.
Branches or twigs
Floral wire – I got mine from Walmart
Burlap or ribbon (optional)
I got my branches from Ikea several years ago. It is a great place to buy these types of branches for projects and decorating. The last time I checked they are around $15 for a big bunch.
Start by cutting your branches to your desired size. I cut mine about 48 inches long. I also used two branches for each part of the star. I wrapped two branches at each end with the floral wire. Wrap around the branches about 5-7 times, twist the two wires around each other, cut the extra wire with the wire cutters and pres it down into the branch. Here is a close up of what it looked like after twisting the wires around each other.
After wrapping all the branches together I took two of the wrapped branches, crossed them close to the ends at less than a 90 degree angle and wrapped the wire 4-5 times each around both vertically and horizontally. I repeated this where all the ends of the branches intersected of the star. Make sure you keep your angles the same or your star will not be symmetrical. I had to rewrap a couple of areas because my star was uneven. (Sorry for the blurry picture).
Once I got all the ends wrapped together I wrapped the branches where they intersected using the same technique I used for wrapping the ends.
When all the wrapping was complete I cut a piece of burlap, tied it and used it to hang the star.
Here is what it looks like on the front porch with the Wood Christmas Tags I made.
You really could dress up the star with spray paint, garland, floral stems or any other embellishment. I didn’t dress my star up mostly because I ran out of time :-/ to be part of the Christmas Blog Hop but I can either add an embellishment later for this season or put it on the list for next year.