Every year I try to make a couple more decorations to hang on the tree. So far I've made embossed clay stars, watercolour clay trees and candy canes, sparkle filled glass baubles, white clay Christmas decorations and finally these 3D Christmas paper stars. This year I decided to make some Froebel paper stars.Read More
It might only be November but for me the Christmas countdown has already begun. As Christmas crafts are pretty much my favourite thing to make I thought it was about time we started getting in the festive spirit.Read More
The final countdown to Christmas has begun and I've got one last craft project to share with you. I picked up this adorable mini Christmas tree at my local supermarket and although it's actually covered in silver glitter I thought it looked a little bare. These origami lucky stars are the perfect solution. I used them as tiny tree toppers last year when I made these diy paper Christmas trees and this time I thought I'd string them up and use them to create a mini paper star garland. If you're still looking for some last minute decorations to deck your halls decorating some mini trees might be the answer, they'll make your home festive and bright in no time at all.
If you’re new to origami make sure to check out these 3 Basic Origami Folds For Beginners.
To make the origami star:
1. Start by cutting up some strips of paper. If you want mini stars cut the paper into 12 x ½ inch strips.
2. Tie a loose knot in one end of the paper strip.
3. Pull it gently and press flat to make a pentagon.
4. Tuck the short end of the paper strip into the knot.
5. Wrap the long end around each side of your pentagon. It should naturally follow in the right direction. Keep going until you have a small tail piece left. Tuck the tail end securely into the knot.
6. Pinch each corner of the pentagon between your thumb and forefinger to make the star puff up.
7. Thread the finished stars onto some cotton or embroidery thread and wrap around your mini Christmas tree.
Super simple to make as all last minute decorations should be and the fact that they're cute as a button doesn't hurt either.
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With Christmas looming I'm sure you have a few gifts that need wrapping. I took a trip to Ikea this week and picked up some chalkboard style baubles reduced to £2. Bargain! Instead of hanging them on the tree I decided to decorate them and use them as gift toppers instead.
Take your ornament and draw on your design using a Sharpie. I found simple designs worked the best. I stuck to holly, spots and stripes.
Here's the finished bauble.
I wrapped my gifts in brown paper and twine. I love the simplicity of kraft paper and baker's twine. To finish them off I tied on one of my decorated baubles and added a gold star or fir cone. Easy-peasey.
What's your favourite way to wrap up plain presents?