Glitter Stars :: A Simple Christmas Craft

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Glitter Stars - A Simple Christmas Craft Made from Popsicle Sticks

Maia and I made these little hanging glitter stars last week, inspired by the large lighted stars we've fallen in love with. While the larger ones were made from yard sticks, these were made from little popsicle sticks. Plus generous amounts of glitter, of course, to sparkle in the glow of the Christmas lights. 

They were easy to make and use materials that you probably already have around the house: craft sticks, glue, paint, and glitter. Here's how we did it:

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First, we glued five popsicle sticks together into a star shape. We used a glue gun, which meant they dried quickly, but you can use wood glue or Elmer's white glue if you prefer.

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Next, we painted one side of the stars with paint mixed with a bit of white glue and sprinkled glitter on the wet paint.

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We let the paint dry, then turned the stars over and repeated the paint and glitter treatment on the other side. 

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Finally, I hung our little glitter stars from the ceiling using thread tied around one corner. I tied the other end to some twine that I ran along the ceiling, but I could have tied it to the Christmas light string just as easily. Or taped up the other end.

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Here's the view of the glitter stars as you look into the dining area.

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And here's the view as you look toward the Christmas tree.

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I love them hanging from the ceiling like this, with the glitter reflecting the light from the Christmas lights! I think they would make pretty great Christmas tree ornaments, too.

What kinds of ornaments and decorations have you been making? (Or plan to make?)

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  1. rachel says

    totally doing this, this wkd!
    yesterday, joe and i made wrapping paper (using easel paper) with a star potato stamp… all inspired by you!

  2. Emily says

    I love these photos and the larger wooden stars :-) We’re not decorating this year because we’re traveling and my 2 yr old doesn’t know the difference but I’m stockpiling ideas for coming seasons and did enjoy your ebook.

  3. Dena says

    I love this idea………..especially because I can hang them and they won’t take up precious floor space. Thanks!

  4. Aileen says

    Thanks! We are making them today. I love when I have all the supplies on hand and can make what you post!

  5. Carly says

    That is so beautiful. I may have gasped just a little when saw them hung up with the Christmas lights. We may have to do this in a doorway!

  6. Laura says

    We made silver stars and hung them up for the holidays. Many comments from guests and we still enjoy seeing them displayed. We hung ours over our kitchen bar counter that separates the cooking area from the eat-in space. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Sarah says

    I love this idea but I’ll be honest – I’m scared of glitter. It just gets everywhere and never. goes. away. Any other suggestions – glitter glue? glitter paint? I definitely want to do this at our house. The kids will love doing it and seeing their work up as part of our decorations.

  8. says

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! The little one is home sick from school today, and this is what she is working on right now!!
    Thanks so much!