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How-Tuesday: Star Ornament

Dec 10, 2013

by House of Earnest

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Creating handmade ornaments is such a fun, fulfilling thing to do around the holidays. This easy and completely customizable star ornament is a great project to do with kids. Let them pick their own paint color, or buy solid-colored straws if you prefer a paint-free project. I’m even thinking about doing a few with a coat of glitter. Whichever route you take, have fun with it!

You will need:
12 plastic drinking straws
1 small zip tie
18″ piece of twine
Gold spray paint
Decorative ribbon

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1. Gather 12 straws together into a zip tie. Make sure they are snug, but not tight.

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2. String the twine through the center of the bunch and let it hang evenly out of both ends of the straw bundle.

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3. Close the zip tie very tightly around the straws and twine.

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4. Spread out the straws so that they’re evenly spaced.

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5. Clip the tail off the zip tie.

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6. Bring both sides of the twine together into a knot and use this to hold the ornament while painting.

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7. Spray paint the ornament the color of your choice.

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8. Let dry, then adorn with colorful ribbon and hang from the tree.

All photographs by House of Earnest.

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