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Project

Evergreen Stars

The instructions below are for a wreath about 36 inches across, but you can vary the technique for stars in different sizes and designs.

Introduction

Resources

Basswood strips, 1/4 inches by 1/2 inches by 24 inches, by Midwest Basswood, from createforless.com

Materials

  • 10 basswood strips (24 inches each) per 36-inch star
  • Craft knife or mini saw
  • Wood glue
  • Cut greens, such as rosemary, cedar, juniper, and boxwood
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Evergreen Wreath template

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut wood strips in half to create twenty 12-inch strips.

  2. Step 2

    Print the Evergreen Wreath template. Using template as a guide, create the base form: Cross 2 strips together and glue with wood glue. Cross and glue a second pair the same way, then glue the second pair to the first to form a base with 8 spokes. Let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Create the star points: Arrange a pair of strips into a V shape. Glue the star point ends together, then glue the opposite ends to the base tips (alternating the overlapping, as shown).

  4. Step 4

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    Continue gluing the wooden strip points around the base until you have 8 star points.

  5. Step 5

    Cut your greenery into pieces the same lengths as the sections of the wooden strips (or use shorter or longer pieces of greenery as necessary).

  6. Step 6

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    Hot-glue the cut greenery to the sticks.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2011