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The wreath outside our covered porch...
Dolly and Prim Bear decked up for Christmas....
Another Prim jointed bear with his Christmas bow, playing with Big Sky Bears...
And a bear and moose below our Christmas Tree! Mr. Wonderful removed the top portion of our 6 ft. tall artificial tree, put it in a basket filled with rocks, and wrapped the base in a green garland with colored lights wound into it. Much smaller, and fulfills the purpose nicely on a cozy tabletop space!
And now, for the easy project! I got this idea from something my daughter-in-law wanted to do while their family was here for Thanksgiving, but sadly, the time got away from us, so it was never accomplished. I'm going to post the "How To's" here, and I plan to send her the star I'm working on in these photos.
First, find some twigs - whatever kind look attractive to you. I used some wild grape vines with lots of squiggly 'climbers' on them. Decide how big you want your star to be - small, like the one that will be used for my mini-tree topper, or larger, to hang out by your door. They will all be made basically the same way, however larger sticks and thicker vines will make the bigger star easier to make.
In addition to the twigs or vines, you will need a hot glue gun and glue sticks, raffia, and any other embellishments you would like to add to your star once it's completed.
Cut your twigs to about the length you prefer; you will need 6 for each star. I started out with 5 inch lengths. Then arrange them in a 'star' pattern - kind of like the way we were taught to draw stars when we were in school, using one continuous line, or 2 triangle shapes overlapping each other - only of course, we are using the 6 pieces of twigs, instead.
You may prefer a more even and precise looking star, but the one I'm working on today is sort of child-like in form - rather imperfect.
As you connect the twigs, be sure to overlap them if you want a real rustic look, placing a drop of hot glue where the twigs touch, until they are all stuck together. Let them cool a few minutes.
Next, take the raffia, and over each intersection, wrap it in an X fashion, so it appears the twigs are being held together with the raffia strips. You can tie a knot, or apply a drop of hot glue to hold the raffia in place. Or do BOTH, if you are nervous it might fall apart!
That is the basics. For my stars, I glued the squiggly climbers onto it, weaving them around some of the twigs - I like the rustic look of it - seems it could have been found in the woods after being lost by a littlel boy on his way home from school.
Other ideas: Instead of raffia, tie on some frayed checked cotton fabric strips. Add some pip berries or rose hips with hot glue. Pieces of moss would work well with larger stars, too. Use your imagination - Take a STARRING ROLE this Holiday Season!
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