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The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

19th December 2020

Make your very own star garland this winter to brighten up a wall... This simple craft can be made in a matter of hours and used for many years of celebrations to come.

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

19th December 2020

The Green Parent

By The Green Parent

19th December 2020

This garland started out life as a single string of stars, which was very pretty, but it was missing something. So Juliet Carr added another two strings to create this effect of a shooting star flying across a room. It’s lovely to bring out at Christmas, birthdays, baby showers, or christenings.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Templates
  • 6 sheets of 240gsm A4 card including silver, gold, and black glitter card
  • Scissors
  • Hand-held star punch (optional)
  • 9m baker’s twine or coloured string
  • Clear all-purpose glue
  • 10cm narrow ribbon
  • 4 drawing pins

1 Start by using the templates to cut two large stars from silver card. Then cut 24 small stars from each of your silver, gold, and black cards, either using a star punch or by hand using the smaller star template. Cut your baker’s twine or string into three equal lengths and glue the ends to the centre of the back of one of the large stars, using clear all-purpose glue. Leave a 8cm gap before adding the first smaller star to the first strand, using clear all-purpose glue, then continue to add smaller stars at intervals of 5cm.

2 Continue adding stars to complete the first strand, changing the colour of the stars every eight stars. Repeat with the other two strands, to make three identical strands.

3 Fold your narrow ribbon in half to make a loop and glue it to the tip of the large star. Take the second large star and position it over the back of the first star. This will secure your hanging loop as well as hide the ends of the star tails.

4 The star and tails are ready to hang on the wall. Push a drawing pin into the wall and hook the loop on your large star over it. Arrange the first tail so that it drapes nicely and fasten the end to the wall with another drawing pin. Repeat with the remaining two strands. Be sure to make a wish as you stand back and admire!

Paper Pom-poms and other Party Decorations by Juliet Carr, published by CICO Books (£12.99)

Photography by Holly Jolliffe and Emma Mitchell

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