This craft has MANY variations, so if the first set of instructions don't include what you might have on hand, keep scrolling to the other versions.
Yarn Star Ornaments
- Cardboard (we used a pizza box)
- Wax Paper (recommended, but optional)
- Craft or School Glue
1. Draw a star shape on your cardboard.I've found a simple 5-point star or Star of David (2 triangles) somewhere in the range of 3-6" across work best. You can try a 7- or 8-point star, but they are more complex. Or if you have a cool hexagon-shaped trivet, you can trace that as well to make a Star of David.
3. Stick a thumbtack in each corner of your design.My 6-year-old thought this step was pretty cool. She felt rather grown up.
4. Loosely measure your yarn to the correct size.
5. Soak the yarn in glue.For this project, we used Aleene's Craft Glue. We tried watering it down, but it made the ornaments too flexible. Our second attempt, with undiluted glue, turned out much better.
6. Once the yarn is saturated, stretch it around your star shape.Stretch the yarn so it is taut, but not so tight that your thumbtacks are pulled out of place. For added strength, weave the yarn in an over-under pattern as you string it along. You may tie the yarn or simply twist it into place. This part is messy!
7. Allow to dry at least overnight.
Variation 1No cardboard or pushpins? Not to worry, you can use foam plates and toothpicks instead!
Variation 2Brads also work instead of toothpicks and pushpins.
Variation 3Add glitter just before step 7.
Variation 4Want stars of different colors and textures? Either use different colors and weights of yarn or use plain cotton string and add tempera paint to your glue in step 5.
Variation 5Try an 8-point star or more! I will probably try to make another one at some point, but I made mine with diluted glue and it failed-miserably. I'm not too proud to show you, either! May you have better success with it!
If I remember correctly, the project my mom's class did used bluing and liquid starch. If anyone knows that variation, please let me know!