Add a little glam to your deck or patio with summer twig ornaments made from raffia and painted sticks.
I just love it when we take a few simple craft materials, and transform them into something this beautiful! This week we’ve been working on summer twig ornaments, perfect for jazzing up a corner of the deck or patio.
These Summer Stars are one of the coolest kid’s crafts we’ve ever made, and you’re going to love how easy and affordable they were to make!
Gather your supplies:
- coloured raffia
- thin wire or twine
- white craft paint
- glue gun
A few weeks ago we set out on a walk to collect sticks and twigs for crafting purposes. We used some of them to make our gorgeous rainbow wind chimes. If you missed that post, you have to check them out. They are stunning stunning and really easy to make.
This week we dipped into our supply of sticks for our stars.
How we made our Summer Stars:
To start, I organized sticks that were similar in diameter, and sorted them into sets of five. I trimmed the sticks in each set to be the same length.
For each ornament, we made three stars, one slightly larger than the other.
Once the twigs were trimmed, I hot glued them into the star shapes, and then it was time for the Hooligans to take over.
They painted each of their stars, front and back, with white acrylic paint. Don’t worry about full coverage here. You’re going for a rustic look, so just let your little one paint until they feel they’re finished.
You’ll end up with stars that look something like this. Aren’t they fabulous already? I love this shabby birch-bark look.
Now tie a long length of raffia to your star, and have your child wrap and wind the raffia all around their star. We went with a different colour of raffia for each star. Tie your loose ends into a knot to secure them.
Now it’s time to string your stars together. You can do this with more of your raffia, or with some yarn or twine. We used thin gauge wire which was easy to twist around the twigs.
For a hanger, I added a long(ish) loop of raffia to the top star.
Ready for the reveal?.
Yippee! I’m in love with them! What do you think?
When I first came up with this idea, I had deck ornaments in mind, but I also think they’d look great hanging from a tree branch or even as a decoration on a door.
I think it would be fabulous to make a bunch of them, and string them into a garland!
Just look at them when the sunlight hits them!
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