Our unruly beech hedge had a haircut this week. It is now a shadow of its former self, having grown very wild, tall and straggly over the past year or two. Since the short back and sides, there's been a heap of orange and brown crunchy leaves and twigs residing in our garden, waiting to be trailered away.
This week I also spied some lovely looking twiggy stars in town. A tad pricey, I thought, for some glued-together sticks....and then, ding! My brain woke up. I have a heap of sticks in the garden! And a glue gun!
So, with a napping toddler (so a 30 minute or so deadline, seeing as nap time seems to have gone a bit skew whiff at the moment), I set to work. I made a 6 point star which is okaaaay but I wasn't happy with it really, so while R was on toddler-bathtime duty yesterday evening, I whipped up a 5 pointer which I'm much happier with.
You will need:
5 or 6 straight-ish sticks (mine were all 0.5cm - 1cm wide)
Lay your sticks out in the desired star shape - to make the 6 point star, I found it easiest to make 2 triangles and then join these together. Due to quirks and bends in the sticks, you may need to have a play and try them in different positions to get them lying flat enough to glue. Put a blob of glue at each point the twigs touch.
Once the glue has dried (so you can pick up the star without it all sliding floor-wards...), wrap the twine around each join (thus hiding all the glue!) and tie off at the back.
I want to try making more stars now - I think bright string could look really good - perhaps even neon? Mini stars strung up could be lovely too - I want to hang a line of them down our doors.
Joining in with Nature in the Home.