Okay I’ll admit it. I love homemade decorations. They’re always a huge hit in our home. When the kids were small, we always made our own. Sadly now that they older we don’t always have the time. Mommy chauffeur reporting for duty 😀 So this year we cheated a bit and used some of our old store bought ornaments and sheets of cardboard to make this bauble and light filled star. That still counts as homemade, right!!!?
It’s pretty simple to make too. All you need is:
- Two large sheets of thick cardboard
- Masking tape, ruler and scissors or a craft knife
- Battery operated string lights
- Christmas baubles
- Spray paint
- Glue gun
Making the Bauble and Light Filled Star
Okay so first things first. We need to make a huge star shaped box for all those baubles. Grab a big thick sheet of cardboard. The thicker the better and draw a large five point star. Just make sure the tips of the star are big enough to hold your smallest bauble.
Cut the star out using a pair of scissors or your craft knife. Use the other piece of cardboard and measure and cut 8 cm wide strips. That’s about 3 1/8 inches. Place the strips on the sides of the star and mark off how long each strip should be. I numbered the strips and the sides just in case my 5 point star wasn’t 100% perfect.
Attached the strips to the sides of the star using some masking tape. Flip the star over and fold the strips up and tape the tips of the points and where the points of the star meet each other.
Give the star a coat of paint to hide the masking tape and invite one of your purr babies to test it out 😉 Ahhhh, my Cleo. Isn’t she beautiful?
When the purr baby is satisfied, use a sharp implement to poke holes into the star.
Push the the string lights through from the back of the star. Add as many lights as you can it just makes it looks so much more special. Time to fill her up. Our baubles were all different colors. Yeah I know, I’m one of those people that picks a new color theme every year. Thank goodness Bonnie and Edward Seymour invented spray paint way back when. My heroes!!!! This year I’m kinda liking the whole metallic look.
Put a small dab of glue on a bauble and start sticking those babies down randomly inside the star. I didn’t have enough to fill the whole star, but that’s kinda okay. I love how the empty space contrasts with the baubles and light. What do you think?
Ain’t she pretty?
Sorry about the image quality. I take all my photos with my mobile and struggle a bit with the ISO setting when it’s dark. And that’s when the bauble and light filled star really starts weaving it’s magic.
So tell me. Do you make your own ornaments for Christmas or do you prefer to buy them? I’d love to hear about it.
Wishing you a wonderful, happy crafty week.