Summer Twig Star Ornaments

Summer twig star ornaments to add a little glam to your patio or deck…

The hooligans and I enjoy crafting with items from nature, and we love coming up with creative homemade gifts that we know the parents will really enjoy and appreciate too.  These Twig Star Ornaments are easy to put together, and they make a great homemade gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday or even Christmas.

Crafting with items found in nature is an inexpensive way to get creative with your kids.  It also provides you with an opportunity to hold a little outdoor scavenger hunt when you’re rounding up your supplies.

Sticks and twigs are a couple of our favourite natural materials to craft with.  We’ve made quite a few outdoor ornaments using sticks, and they’ve always turned out beautifully.

summer twig ornaments - painted twigs (happy hooligans)

These summer ornaments are perfect for jazzing up a corner of the deck or patio, and you’re going to love how easy and inexpensive they are to make!

To make our Summer Twig Ornaments, we used:

supplies for summer twig ornaments

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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 must check it out.  The results were terrific, and the process was fun and easy.

This week we dipped into our supply of sticks for our stars.

Making your Summer Twig Ornaments:

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’re happy with the results.


At this point, your stars will look something like this.  Aren’t they looking fabulous already?  I love this shabby chic, birch-bark look.

twigs painted with white craft paint for Summer Stars

Next, tie a long length of raffia to your star, and have your child wrap and wind the raffia all around the star.  We used a different colour of raffia for each star.  Knot your finished ends to a one of the twigs in the star to secure everything in place.

Summer twig ornaments painted and wrapped with raffia

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 actually used thin, flexible wire which was easy to twist around the twigs.

For a hanger, I added a loop of raffia to the top star.

Ready for the reveal?.

Summer Twig Ornaments - happy hooligans

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 the front door.

Summer Twig ornaments

I also think it would be fabulous to string these stars together in a garland.

I love the way they look when the sunlight hits them.

single summer twig star


summer stars twig ornament

For more twig crafts, check out our:

Twiggy Christmas Stars

Wool-Wrapped Twig Ornaments 

Tissue Twig Ornaments

Rainbow Wind Chimes

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    • happyhooligans says

      Thank you, Kate. I was so pleased with the light that evening. It was perfect for photographing these stars.

  1. says

    Another creative and wonderful project Jackie! I am absolutely loving your photos – the ones outside really do capture the essence of Summer. I can just imagine myself on the back patio with these pretty summer stars hanging overhead watching my son play in the yard. Ha – see you really took me there.

    • happyhooligans says

      Oh yay! So glad you liked them, Cassi, and thrilled that you’ll be sharing them with your followers! Thank you!!

  2. Mrs Lynn Cawse says

    i came across these stars by accident and love them, was looking for something to keep my grandchildren busy with the run up to Christmas these stars are ideal easy for all ages. going to use red and green raffia for seasonal effect. thanks

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