Straw Star Wreath
Gluing the stars to different-size clothespins (instead of directly to the wreath form) gives the wreath more dimension.
An old-world idea from Eastern Europe takes a modern turn in this keepsake wreath. Polish villagers, who would traditionally fashion Christmas decorations with materials they had on hand, bent and manipulated strands of straw into stars, or "gwiazdy." Clustered around a wire wreath frame, these store-bought stars have a sculptural, streamlined look.
Resources: Small straw star ornaments, ingebretsens.com. Straw star ornaments, polandbymail.com. Mini spring clothespins, 1 3/4 inches, createforless.com. Cavallini mini wooden clips, paper-source.com. Double rail wreath ring, 14 inches, mainewreathco.com.
- Hot-glue gun
- Straw star ornaments (about 5 dozen total)
- Mini wooden clothespins in two sizes (about 6 dozen total)
- Double-rail wreath form
Using glue gun, adhere 1 star to 1 clothespin. Repeat, making more points; glue some to the flat sides of the clothespins and some to the very ends.
Clip clothespins to wreath form. Continue until wreath form is covered. Glue some stars directly to the wreath form to fill holes as necessary.