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Topic: Rustic star ornament in about 15 minutes  (Read 16352 times)
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« on: December 12, 2009 10:09:45 AM »

This was my test star to see if the idea I had in my head would actually work out. I think it turned out rather well! I'm going to attach them to everyones gift bags this year Grin

Here is what you will need to make your own:

A scrap piece of wood
10 small nails
Wire cutters
Copper wire (you can buy this cheap by the foot at any hardware store)
String - your choice...twine, raffia, wool, etc...
Gold spray paint
Ornament hook or pretty ribbon for hanging

First I found a star template and sized it to what I wanted in my photo program. This is the one I used: http://familyfun.go.com/printables/printable-star-pattern-703380/

I then placed it over my scrap piece of wood, hammered my nails into all the points and then tore off the paper to create a jig.(excuse some of the bad quality pics, I didn't notice the flash hadn't gone off in some of them

I then wrapped a scrap piece of string around my jig using a bit of an overlap to measure how much copper wire I would need

I cut my wire and wrapped it around the jig leaving an overlap at the bottom

Gently take your wire form off of the jig and twist the overlapped pieces together (no pic of that sorry)

Now take your hammer and your star to a hard solid surface and pound the crap out of it to flatten the copper. I used the cement stairs in my basement. Here you can see the twisted part and the effect of the hammering.

The hammering of the twisted part keeps the star together. Clip off any piece sticking out with your wire cutters

Take your string of choice and go crazy wrapping it in any which way around the form of the star. Tuck and weave the end of your string in the back so it doesn't unravel

Now spray the heck out of it with some gold spray paint and using a scrap piece of wire, pick it up and hang it somewhere to dry. It will dry really fast and the paint will act as a glue to hold all the string together.

After about 10-15 minutes of drying time, add an ornament hook to it, or a pretty bow and hang it on your tree!


« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2009 10:17:07 AM »

Pretty!!  I may take this idea and make a bunch for my family too.
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2009 04:46:56 PM »

Very pretty.
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2009 08:50:58 AM »

This is so simple but very beautiful. I'll need to try this out - would normal wire work, or does it need to be copper?


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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2009 09:37:16 AM »

At first I was going to use a coat hanger, but that metal isn't as easy to bend and it's not as soft as copper so I don't think it would really hammer flat. As long as your wire is easy to bend so that you can twist it together, I suppose you could skip the hammering part. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2009 08:54:16 PM »

Love this!  I'd make mine in silver, of course though, lol.   I really like how they can be made so inexpensively too. Smiley

« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2009 08:15:54 AM »

I love these!  I'll have to make some burnt orange and white ones for my Texas Longhorns tree, and perhaps use the same concept to make some bevos!
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2009 07:48:19 AM »

So pretty, but so simple to do. Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2010 12:27:51 PM »

This is great! Thanks so much for the tute!

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2010 11:21:13 AM »

Fantastic!  I am on my way out for gold spray paint.  Thanks for the tute  Grin

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