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
Here is what you will need to make your own:
A scrap piece of wood
10 small nails
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!