Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Star Garland

Star Garland for Christmas
I love making beautiful Christmas decorations that can be used year after year. This year, I made glittered star garlands that adorn my antique mirrors, trying to replicate the
vintage glass chard ornaments I often find in antique stores. Make these shining stars for a garland, or use them as ornaments in your tree. DIY instructions are below, and may your home be starry and bright!

Italian gilt mirror with Star Garland
A star garland hangs on my Italian gilt mirror with a clam shell full of glittered pinecones and silver ornaments.

Glittered garland stars for Christmas
The star garland is a bright welcome to guests who walk through the front door.

Glitter Stars on Garland
These stars can also appear like falling snow...perfect for the holidays.

How to Make a Star Garland

What You'll Need:
  • Posterboard
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Painting brush
  • Glitter: I used Martha Stewart Glitter in White Gold
  • Wire: I used 22 gauge
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Thin ribbon: I used white ribbon
Making star ornaments
Step 1) Begin by cutting your own unique star template. On posterboard, trace the template and cut the stars out until you have the number you desire. Here, I have two sizes of stars.

Glittered Star
Step 2) Thin down white craft glue with a little water. Using a brush, brush the glue mixture onto each star, front and back. Dip the star into the color glitter of your choosing. Let the stars dry.

A Glittered Star for Christmas
Step 3) Cut a small piece of wire and forge small hooks (shaped like candy canes). Hot glue the small hooks onto the backs of each star.

Star Garland for the Holidays
Step 4) Swag a thin ribbon over a mirror or a Christmas tree, as many times as you would like. Here, I've swagged the ribbon four times. Hook each star over the ribbon until you have a beautiful design. Voila!

Christmas decoration for a Foyer

Holiday Star Garland
By glittering both sides of the stars, you get a reflection from the back that is just as lovely as the front. Hope you enjoyed!

Stay tuned for more Christmas decoration ideas!

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