It’s the first of December, and we’re officially in the Christmas month. I normally wouldn’t consider myself a Christmaholic, but this year I was inspired by the children to decorate our home in a different and special way.
Over the past year, the kids and I have gone on so many walks, and they have collected and brought home all sorts of treasures. I’ve been collecting their little findings – sticks, branches, berries- hoping to get an idea of what I could do with them. With Christmas just around the corner, making them into ornaments seemed like the perfect idea.
Inspired by that, I began to play around with materials, and I’ll be sharing what we did to decorate our Christmas tree completely with DIY ornaments. We made them with materials found in nature, or ones that are easy and inexpensive to get.
The theme of our tree this year is very “Back to Basics”, rustic chic, and if that’s your style, you’re really enjoy these.
I love the way the tree turned out. It’s cozy, homey, and it reminds me of the kind of tree I would have had in my childhood too.
To make these macrame stars you’ll need stir sticks, string, scissors and a hot glue gun.
- Cut 5 stir sticks to approximately 2.5/3″, and then cut 5 pieces of string that are 10 times the length of the stick.
- Fold the string in half, placing the stick towards the fold, and begin knotting a spiral knot around the stick. How to do a spiral knot here. Consider the stick your middle cord, and the two strands your working cords. Continue your spiral knot until it covers the stick, tie off, and cut off excess at the bottom.
- Once you have 5 spiral knot sticks, secure them together using a hot glue gun. Below the order in which I glued the sticks to achieve a nice and even star shape.
- Make a small string loop (I used some jute string for contrast in color) and glue to the back of the star for hanging, and you’re done!
The end result are delicate and beautiful little stars to decorate your tree with! I hope you enjoyed this little DIY! If you try them, tag me at @our_everydays on instagram so I can see what you came up with!
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Just found your instagtam page which led me to your beautiful homemade stars. I am with you -back to rustic is my fav too and I am going to give these a try!! Even if it after Christmas!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Aw, thank you so much for the lovely comment! Make sure to tag me with your final product, I would love to see what you come up with 🙂
What kind of string do you use? They are beautiful!
Thank you so much! I used cotton twine string. They have different thicknesses of it and hardware stores, but it’s soft and easy to use!
How did you achieve the tapered ends on the sticks?
Hey Megan! I did a lose square knot at the top and just tightened it enough to stay in place before tying a second square knot that kept it in place. Alternatively you could hot glue the string to the top of the stick so that it stays in place while you work on the rest. To finish it off, I just did a standard knot at the bottom and it held on quite well! Let me know if that answers the question- excited to know you’re making these! ☺️
Hi Megan! I loved your stars and I tried to make them for a christmas bazaar. It ‘s my first time on macrame but your pattern with spiral knot is easy and turned out really beautiful. Though, as a beginner I have a problem in starting and ending it. I can’t hide the sticks! Could you show a picture with the start and end of this? Thank you so very much for the beautiful idea!!!
I’m sorry for Megan….. It was a quick writing after reading the previous question. It’ s Gabriela, right???
Hi Marilia, I’m happy to read you made these! Would love to see! I will definitely share a picture on how to start and finish the knot. I’m travelling this week but by first week of December I’ll have it up!
Hi Marilia, I just updated the post with pictures on how to begin and end the macrame knots. 🙂 Hope that helps!
I would also live to know how you start and finish your knot. I have the same problem where i can’t hide the ends of the sticks, haha! Thanks 🙂
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Hi! I don’t see the pictures you mention above about starting and finishing. I am struggling to start. Thank you.
Hi Sandra, I apologize for the delay in response. I’ll try take some pictures this week to show the start and finishing. If it helps, take your piece of string, and put the middle piece on top of your stick and secure it with tape. Start your square knots and once you’ve done a few, you can remove the tape, it will hold itself in place because the rest of the knots are secure to the stick.
Pictures would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Sandra, I just updated the post with pictures on how to begin and end the macrame knots. 🙂 Hope that helps!
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I cut the stirrer sticks to 3 inches. It is impossible to arrange the sticks as demonstrated. Perhaps my sticks are too thick? It seems like your sticks must have had some flexibility?
Hi Shirley, I’m so glad you’re trying this! The stir sticks I used were very thin; they would bend easy. But I know there are also the sturdier stir sticks, so I can imagine it would be harder with those. If you have the thicker ones, maybe try longer pieces (3.5/4 inches to allow wiggle room to place together. Let me know how it works out!
How did you start and finish each stick and did you use anything to secure the stick in order to knot in a timely manner?
Hi Michelle, I just updated the post with pictures on how to begin and end the macrame knots. 🙂 Hope that helps!
Thank you so much!:)
Bonjour, j’aimerais savoir ce que veut dire 2,5 / 3 ” : taille des bâtonnets en cm.
Merci por votre reponse. 2.5/3″ en cm est 6.35 cm/7.62cm.
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