Homemade Christmas ornaments don’t get any easier than these YARN AND TWIG STAR ORNAMENTS. What a great fine-motor Christmas craft for kids of all ages! Twigs, yarn, paint, beads and a glue gun are all your kids will need to make these gorgeous ornaments for your Christmas tree.
The inspiration for these yarn and twig star ornaments were these twig and yarn Christmas trees we made last week. When we made those trees, I knew we’d have to follow up with some stars with our left-over twigs.
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I just love the shabby-chic look that you get when you paint twigs white, and the baby soft colours of the yarn we’ve used today compliments the twigs nicely.
Making these yarn and twig star ornaments is a great way for kids to strengthen their fine motor skills. The painting, weaving and beading are all great for strengthening pincer grip, hand muscles and eye-hand co-ordination.
Plus, just look at how beautiful these ornaments are. Who wouldn’t want a few of these pretty stars hanging on their Christmas tree?
The nice thing about these ornaments is you don’t need any special supplies to make them. Just gather some twigs from the yard and grab some scrap yarn. A few metallic beads, and you’re good to go.
How to Make our Yarn and Twig Star Ornaments
- white paint (we use acrylic craft paint)
- garden snippers
- hot glue gun
- child’s sewing needle
- metallic beads
- thread or cord for hanging your ornament
Making your ornaments:
Start with some dry twigs your kids have gathered in your yard, the park, or on a neighbourhood walk.
Have your kids group them into sets of 5. They’ll want to choose sticks of similar diameter when sorting the twigs for their sets.
Using your garden snippers, trim the twigs so they’re all similar in length.
Have your kids paint their twigs white. There’s no need for perfection here. It’s kind of nice if some of the bark shows through the paint.
When the paint is dry, arrange the sticks into stars, playing with them a bit to make sure the pieces fit together nicely, and then use your glue gun to secure them together at the points. You may want to add a bit of glue to the intersecting points as well.
Next, the yarn!
If you’re not adding beads, your kids can work right off the ball of yarn. If you’ll be threading any beads onto the yarn, you’ll need to cut a long length of yarn to work with.
Tie your yarn to one of the twigs of your star, and have the kids start wrapping and winding it all around the star. When you want to add a bead, you may have to thread a needle to push the yarn through the bead. Continue wrapping until you’re happy with the way your star looks.
To finish, secure the tail of the yarn to one of the twigs, either with a knot or a bit of hot glue.
Add a length of thread or cording to hang your ornament.
Don’t they look lovely on our Christmas tree?
I hope your kids enjoy making these easy yarn and twig star ornaments as much as we did. Fine-motor practice and a beautiful ornament all in one. Gotta love it!
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