Before I start this post, I'd like to apologise for the change in photo's I started making these in the light by the time they were ready it was dark (stupid winter). Anyway, I love Christmas for me its the only time of year that its ok to cover your house in as much glitter as possible and make stuff without people at work thinking your a total weirdo. I decided to have a go at making these star shapes for my fireplace after seeing these in Martha Stewart's Living magazine. They take a good afternoon as you have to wait for the glue to dry but are pretty easy. I've put a little tutorial below:
You'll need 20 wooden sticks (I picked mine up in various Costa's) some glue (strong and PVA), gold spray paint and glitter.
First take two pairs of sticks, mark the central point on each and add on a dab of glue. Let it dry for about 30 seconds and then stick together, making a cross shape. Do this with the other pair and leave to dry.
Once dry dab another spot of glue on the centre of each of the crosses and stick together making a star shape. Have a cuppa (or mulled wine) whilst it dries.
To make the points; dab a glue on the end of two sticks and stick together in a point shape (but don't let them dry).
When your centre sticks are joined you will notice one stick lies flat and one is raised, on the flat stick add a dab of glue to the top and on the raised side add a dab to the underside. Add your points and adjust so they are even. I did every other point and once dry added the remaining but glueing the points so they all lay on top. Leave to dry (again).
Now you can do the fun bit; Spray all your stars with the spray paint.
Apply a generous layer of PVA and then glitter away, I did a mix of gold and silver which look pretty good when I have the tree lights on. Once completely dry tap off the excess glitter and get decorating.
The finished stars - I'll do another post on the small stars soon.