Summer Twig Star Ornaments

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

The hooligans and I love our nature crafts, and we love making creative gifts that parents will really love.   This one is perfect for Mother’s Day or a birthday or even Christmas.

Crafting with items from nature is an inexpensive way to get creative with your kids, and a great opportunity to get out doors when you’re rounding up your supplies!  Sticks and twigs are a couple of our favourite natural craft items.  We’ve made a number of twig start crafts here in my daycare.A twig star Xmas ornament, some patriotic twig stars, and now these gorgeous summer twig stars to dress up a window or a corner of your porch or patio.

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!

Supplies for summer twig ornaments:

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 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.

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 feel they’re finished.

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You’ll end up with stars that look something like this.  Aren’t they fabulous already?  I love this shabby birch-bark look.

twigs painted with white craft paint for Summer Stars

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.

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 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?.

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 a door.

Summer Twig ornaments

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!

single summer twig star

Gorgeous!

summer stars twig ornament

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