Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wire Star Ornaments

       These cute little stars aren't my brain child. I found a tutorial for these a couple years ago, but I can't find it for the life of me! I liked the rustic vibe these have, and they are so simple to make. You need wire, wire cutters, nails, and a block of wood.

        As you can see, the block of wood is what you use to shape the wire. Trace a star onto it, and then hammer nails partially into the wood at the points of the star. You want them to splay outwards just slightly.

     You'll need to strips of wire about five feet long each. Take one of the strips and make a loop in the middle of the piece.

      Hook it on the outside of one of the nails.

       Start winding the wire in and out of the nails. Make sure you go on the inside of the inside nails, and outside of the outside nails.

      Do one half of the wire to the right, and then the other half of the wire to the left. When you finish it looks like this.

      Carefully take the star form off the nails, make sure not to let go or it will all spring apart! Wrap the ends around to secure the form.

      Twist on the second piece of wire and start winding it around the star form.

     When you are finished, make sure the ends are all tightly wound around the form to keep it from unraveling. Tie some ribbon in the loop, and you are all done!

      You can leave it puffy or smash it flat. I used the highly complex method of stepping on it to flatten it. It worked fabulously! The one on the right is the flat one.

      Of course, this is just the basic method...you could always jazz them up with spray paint! I refrained, but may need to try that next.

      Merry almost Christmas! =)

Psalms 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.