Christmas Star Ornament Tutorial
DIY decoration by Fay Austin from The Poncy Pantry
For me, nothing emphasises the true meaning of Christmas better than a handmade gift. We can purchase things we need all year round, but there is nothing more thoughtful than a gift that has been made with a bit of effort and love. My favourite thing to receive and give (aside from food!) are homemade ornaments. They’re inexpensive to make, precious to receive and what’s more, Christmas ornaments can hold great sentimental value. There’s something so special about getting an ornament out each year knowing that it was handcrafted by someone you cherish.
When I was about four years old, I scribbled a picture of a Christmas fairy one afternoon while staying with my grandparents. My nan thought it was the best thing she had ever seen, and not because it was any good but solely because I had made it. That fairy now sits on top of their Christmas tree every December as it has done for the last 27 years. It’s an annual tradition. And although I can say with absolute confidence that it was not my finest artistic moment, every year when I see my angel sitting at the top of the tree, I grow even more proud and touched that something I made when I was that little has existed this long.
Now I know this sounds cheesy – and maybe it is (hey, it’s almost Christmas!) – but for me, that’s what Christmas crafting is all about. When we make things for the people we love, we have the ability to create a memory. I can almost never recall the bottles of wine I gave, but I do remember the things I put love and effort into.
So if you’re a cheesy Christmas lover too and would like to hand-make something for your loved ones to keep for years to come or just want to try your hand at a homemade Christmas – then I’ve come up with a few ideas to get you inspired. I’m going to be sharing them here on the Folksy blog, with a different handmade Christmas decoration each day, starting off with a Clay Star Ornament. Just follow my step-by-step tutorials and you’ll be able to make your very own set of budget-friendly decorations this Christmas.
Clay Star Decoration – DIY Tutorial
This little star decoration is a classic and delicate Christmas decoration with a homespun look – proving that simplicity is often best. You could also personalise the star or even get the children to help decorate.
You will need:
- Air Dry Clay (I got mine from Hobbycraft)
- String (also Hobbycraft)
- A star-shaped cookie cutter (I got mine from Sainsbury’s)
- Black inkpad (mine came from The English Stamp Company but try Little Stamp Store on Folksy)
- Lettering stamps (Hobbycraft again)
How to make:
Roll out your clay and place your star cookie cutter on top, pressing down firmly. Make sure when rolling your clay that you don’t roll it too thin.
Using a pencil, pierce a hole at the top of the star. Leave to dry overnight.
Using lettering stamps and a black inkpad, begin stamping your desired word on to the star.
Tip: To avoid running out of space for your letters. Practise on a sheet of paper first. When you’re ready to print your clay star, start with the middle letter and work your way out. For example: I started with the letter ‘n’ in the word ‘Twinkle’ so all my letters were symmetrical.
Thread your string through the hole at the top of the star and tie.
And that’s it! Now simply hang your star from your Christmas tree or wrap it up and get ready to gift! In the next tutorial we’re going to make a super simple but effective Golden Pine Cone Decoration. See you then!
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Or if you don’t have time to make your own Christmas decorations this year, you can still decorate your home with handmade ornaments or give handmade decorations, made with love by independent designers and makers across the UK. See the huge range of handmade Christmas decorations available on Folksy, including the gorgeous handmade bauble by Emma Louise Corry pictured above.