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Star-Shaped Ornaments

This tabletop tree is laden with decorations inspired by Martha’s Polish heritage. Straw ornaments, here burnished with mica powder, symbolize hope for good things in the new year. This star-shaped ornament is joined on this pruned and clipped spruce tree by straw wreaths, braided wreaths, wheat bunches, wheat stars, gilded eggs, and golden glass balls.

Source: Martha Stewart

materials

  • Triticum or arrow wheat

  • Scissors

  • Iron

  • Craft glue

  • Thin gold cord

  • Hot glue

steps

  1. Cut four equal-length stems of triticum or arrow wheat. Soak in water overnight, then iron flat, using steam setting.

  2. Affix pairs of stems in X shapes using craft glue; stack X shapes, alternating stems, and glue.

  3. Wrap thin gold cord once around stems, weaving over and under; glue in place.

  4. Cut stem tips into points or V shapes; hot-glue a loop of thin gold cord inside the tip of one stem to hang.

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