Twig Star Ornaments

Easy, homemade twig star ornaments for your Christmas tree!

I have dozens of easy Christmas crafts for kids among the pages of my blog.  These star-shaped ornaments, made from twigs found in the yard, are really easy to make, so they’re a great last-minute Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers.

I enjoy making nature crafts with the hooligans for so many reasons.

For starters, it’s an inexpensive way for us to enjoy crafting.  It’s also a great excuse to get outside.  Everyone usually gets a basket or a bag, and we head off on a little treasure hunt in the yard or neighbourhood to gather the materials that we’ll be using.

In doing so, the kids get the opportunity to explore, discover and create with the natural items which helps to foster an appreciation for nature and the great outdoors.

Easy Twig Star Ornaments for Kids to make for Christmas

Ok!  Let’s make these ornaments!

Supplies for making Twig Star Ornaments:

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That was easy, wasn’t it?

Making your twig stars:

After gathering our sticks, the hooligans played in the yard while I trimmed the twigs so they were all about the same length.  With my glue gun, I glued 5  sticks together to form the stars, letting the ends of the twigs over-lap each other a little.

Then I gave the Hooligans three long strands of raffia: one red, one green and one natural.  I tied the raffia to the star to secure it in place, and they wrapped and wound it all around the twigs.

This was a great exercise in co-ordination.  It was tricky for the little ones to get the hang of turning the star while still holding the raffia in one hand.  Some of them wound their raffia quite tightly around the star, and other stars had a much looser look when they were finished.


twig ornamentsI just love the look of these rustic twig ornaments!  I’m thinking of all the possibilities here.  And I”m guessing you may see more twig ornaments from us next year!

If you’d like to see more of our ideas for easy twig ornaments, be sure to check out our:

twig tree ornaments

summer stars

And you can find all of our easy Christmas Craft ideas on my Christmas Craft  board on Pinterest!


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    • happyhooligans says

      I was kind of stuck on what to use when I was coming up with my plan, and then I ran across the raffia in my cupboard and thought “bingo”!
      I’d thought of wrapping them with wool, or painting them and gluing jewels on. I actually had some artificial berries to add to them, but didn’t bother because they looked so pretty as is, and I didn’t know how well the jewels would adhere to the sticks.

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks, Melissa! That’s so sweet! Your photography comment is such a compliment!! I’m taking my first photography class and I’m really enjoying it! Nice to hear my pics are lookin’ good!

    • happyhooligans says

      I got a bag of red, green and natural raffia last year, and I think I got it at Michael’s Crafts (in Canada). I was there today, and I saw a bag of about 6 colours, browns and purples and natural, and I saw some individual bags of red and green and natural. I was looking (and crossing my fingers) for a slivery blue today, but no luck.

  1. says

    Love them! It is now Christmas 2012 and I am trying to make some of your crafts for my tree!! Fun times…….and you are right….these are PRETTY! I have some of the raffia, just need twigs and I’m good! Maybe I’ll throw on some glitter?…….glitter is my best friend this year for some reason…..gettin my bling on I guess!

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks for pinning! I’m so glad you liked them! Dod you see our Twiggy Trees as well? They’re quite similar. :)

  2. Mandy says

    Just love all your crafty suggestions. Thank you so much. Myself and my girls have a ball recreating them at home.
    Xx mandy

    • happyhooligans says

      You’re so welcome, Mandy! I just love hearing that you’ve been inspired to try something that we’ve done here. And I really love that you get crafty with your girls. Making memories!

  3. says

    I love these! The daycare kiddos helped me gather some thin branches the other day and I will be turning them in to starts this weekend. They know there is going to be a project using their sticks, they just don’t know what it is yet and are super excited!

  4. Lea says

    Hi Jackie, I love those twigy srats.I will make them today and hang them on my door in Czech rep. where we live.See, your stars went very far …….Lea

    • happyhooligans says

      What a lovely thought, Lea. It makes me smile to to think of our stars making it halfway around the world. Thank you for letting me know!

    • happyhooligans says

      Judi, of all the messages I’ve received this week, yours is my absolute favourite. It means so much to me when I hear that our simple crafts and activities are making a difference in the world beyond our backyard. :)

  5. Laura Porter says

    These were a huge hit with my four boys (ages 9, 6, 5 & 3). Not only are they going to decorate our own home but will be wonderful additions to family/teacher gifts this holiday season. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

    • happyhooligans says

      Yay! So glad your boys enjoyed making them Laura. I love that you’re going to share them with teachers and family. :)

  6. Cynthia Grubb says

    Hi Jackie! I’m going to have my cub scout den make the twiggy stars as a Christmas project for their family Christmas tree this year. I have all the supplies except the twigs. I understand they need to be about the diameter of a pencil but what is a good length?

    Thank You and Happy Holidays!

  7. says

    Okay these are sooo cool! I wish I was artistic :( Your sharing are absolutely fantastic. Just loving it. You are doing a wonderful job involving the kids with your simple ideas which is fascinating.
    Really nice idea!

  8. says

    Our first Christmas Craft of 2014! So effective and allowed the older children (9 & 11) their first use of a glue gun too. Our stars are all individual and so beautiful. :) Thank you for the fabulous idea. x


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