What you need:
Hot Glue Gun / Hot Glue Sticks
Ella Claire Printable
Bakers Twine / Ribbon
To start out with, you need to find a few sticks, trying to get them all about the same size around. These were soaked in vinegar and water to help kill any little bugs, then set to dry before using. We (my dad) whitewashed the sticks, using a mixture of paint and water. He put a little paint on, then wiped it off, so that it was more of a whitewash finish than pure white. He did this in the morning, we let them dry throughout the day, then made the ornaments in the evening.
We decided to go with 5 inches for the length of the sticks. Using the ruler, I measured out the 5 inches, then cut using the garden nippers. To get a more weathered look, each stick was sanded a bit, just to make it look a bit imperfect. Once we had all the sticks cut and sanded, it was time to glue them together.
If you look at the star, you can see we started on the bottom with the left diagonal piece ( \ ), then built on from that. The ending piece will connect the middle with the first stick. I glued all places that the sticks touched each other, to help reinforce it. The next step was to decide what we wanted across the middle.
We were between ribbon, adding greens, pinecones, berries, jingle bells - the list could go on - until my mom remembered seeing this free printable on the Ella Claire blog. It was absolutely perfect for this ornament! Just print out, then cut the "wish" banner along the lines. Fold in on the sides as show, then glue to the star.
To keep things simple and classic, we went with the black and white bakers twine - about 8 inches - to make a loop at the top to hang on the tree.
I an absolutely obsessed with how it came out - it looks gorgeous on the tree, too! I really think you could make this so many different ways - use silver or gold paint, cover in glitter...the list could go on! To check them out, we hung them on my parents' hutch, and I think it even looked cute just on the knob - if you didn't want to put it on the tree, it would be cute on a cabinet as an extra bit of Christmas decor.
You can check out last year's Christmas Crafts via the links below.