Handmade Star Wire Ornament

Wire Star Ornaments from www.alyssaandcarla.com

If you follow lots of blogs, you’ve probably been reading about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  A&C also participated in a Christmas ornament version of the swap as well, called the Merry Mail Ornament Exchange.  It’s a great concept: bloggers apply and get matched into groups of 4 people.  You make 3 ornaments and send one to each of the other people in your group, and you also receive 3 handmade ornaments in turn.  It’s a fun way to freshen up your Christmas tree and make some new friends!

We auditioned a few different ornaments to determine which ones we liked enough to send to our blogger buddies.  These star ornaments were something we’d never really seen before and we were really excited to share them with everyone that we knew!  They aren’t exactly easy to make, but you end up with a really beautiful ornament.  And we loved that we could customize the colors so that everyone got something just a little bit different.

wire star ornament from www.alyssaandcarla.com

 A special thanks to Alyssa’s dad, Jim, for his help in making our concept come to life!  You’ve seen him help out with power tools elsewhere around the blog, and he also helped act as an engineer for this project.

To make the template:

The template is the most difficult part of the project.  You’ll need a piece of paper and pencil, a piece of wood (read instructions for more specific information about the wood), tape, a small piece of colored tape (painter’s tape or washi tape would work), 6 nails, and a drill. 

1.  Draw the star outline that you want to replicate in your ornament on a piece of paper.  Make sure it’s the appropriate size for your tree.

2.  Find a piece of wood that’s large enough to fit the outline and tall enough that you can drill small holes for nails to fit into without going all the way through the wood.  Tape the paper to the wood.  

star outline

3.  Select a drill bit that’s the same size as your nails.  You want to be able to pull the nails in and out of the wood with some effort.  They still need to be pretty firmly anchored in the wood.

4.  Tape off your drill bit so that the bottom of the tape signals when you want to stop drilling.  You don’t want the holes to go all the way through the wood.

tape drill bit

5.  Drill into each of the 5 points of the star.  Drill a 6th hole slightly off to the side.  This will anchor your wire when you start actually making the ornaments. 

drill holes

6.  Insert nails into each hole.

template To make the ornaments:

You’ll need: 2-3 pieces of fairly soft colored wire.  We used different combinations of 20-30 gauge wires.  Each piece needs to be about 9 feet long.  Also, you’ll need wire cutters and possible needle-nosed pliers.

1. Line the pieces of wire up and create one bundle with them.

2.  Anchor one end to the template by wrapping it around that 6th hole, the one that isn’t actually part of the star. 

star step 2

3.  Begin drawing a star pattern with the wire, hooking it around each point of the star.  Keep the wire fairly taut, but you don’t necessarily want to create sharp angles at each nail.  The looser your wire, the softer the star will look.

star step 3

4.  Repeat until you have about 2 feet of wire left.  We wrapped ours about 5 times, but yours will vary based on the size of the star that you drew for the template.

star step 4

5.  Now you’re going to wrap the remaining wire around the inside angles of the star.  This will keep it from unravelling when pull it off the template.  You’re basically wrapping up all of the wire into a neat package.  Thread the wire under the star and back over the top, making loops that connect each of the inside angles.  Continue until you have about 4 inches of wire left.

star step 5

6.  Wrap the end around the last point of the star once to hold the shape.  Use the remaining wire from the  to create a small loop.  This is where you can attach an ornament hook or string a pretty piece of ribbon to hang it on the tree.  Pull the nails out of the template and remove the star. 

star loop

7.  Wrap the anchor end of the wire around a point on the star where it won’t be noticeable.  Trim any loose edge with the wire cutters. 

star step 7

8.  You can use any extra wire pieces to create a coordinating wire hook, if you’d like!

star hook

We played around with some fun color combinations.  This wire is available in a wide variety of colors in the jewelry-making section of almost any craft store.

finished star wire ornaments from www.alyssaandcarla.com

The other members of our Merry Mail group included Jamie from Sincerely, Moi.  She has a cute etsy shop and sent us sparkly rhinestone mason jar lid ornaments. Jess from Foreign Room send a painted birch round ornament (glad to see we’re not the only ones obsessed with birch rounds!)  Thanks, ladies, for your lovely ornaments! 

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Alyssa has been cooking, crafting and entertaining for as long as she can remember. She is currently living in crazy Tokyo (say hi if you're in town!), but loves to travel all over the world. She's a little bit obsessed with cookbooks, whisky and stationary.

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26 thoughts on “Handmade Star Wire Ornament

  1. WHAT A LOVELY LITTLE ORNAMENT- I have one of those peg boards for wrapping wire and I wonder if that would work – sure would save me a lot of time making the wood thing! Will give it a try,
    thanks so much for sharing and have a happy holiday!

    • Hey Lis, thanks so much!

      I think a pegboard should work. The only issue I can foresee is if your pegs are too short and you wouldn’t be able to do as many turns around the star without the wire popping off. My pegboard is for jewelry-making so the pegs are only about an inch high, maybe. But hopefully yours will work – would love to hear how it goes :)

      Happy Holidays!

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  3. Oh, I said I wasn’t going to make ornaments this year and now I want to make these! Goodwill had a lot of this wire for sale a while back and I bought some and gave most of it to my sister. I think I have a couple of rolls left. Your ornaments are very cool!

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  12. These look great! I use a metal star cookie cutter to form the outline and wrap the ornament with thinner wire strung with small beads. My students give these as parent gifts.

    • Thanks, Amy! The bead idea is so fantastic, thanks for sharing. Can I ask how old your students are? We’d love to see photos, too, and if you have any you can tag us on facebook, instagram or tweet them at us :)

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