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Project

Ribbon Star Ornaments

Up the elegance of this year's Christmas tree with beautiful celestial ornaments like these hand-tied ribbon stars.

Introduction

The secret to making these simple stars: tie all the knots in the same direction.

Materials

  • Ribbon and silver trim (ours were 1/2 inch by 18 inches, 5/8 inch by 22 inches, 1 inch by 32 inches)
  • Glue

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a length of ribbon (ours were 1/2 inch by 18 inches, 5/8 inch by 22 inches, 1 inch by 32 inches). Holding 1 end of ribbon in left hand, between index finger and thumb, with remainder of ribbon pointing at a 45-degree angle toward index finger's tip, wrap ribbon over and around index finger, creating an X-shaped loop.

  2. Step 2

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    Slide out finger, holding loop securely. Tuck opposite end of ribbon through loop, pulling to create a flat knot.

  3. Step 3

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    Repeat 5 times, adjusting each new knot so its bottom left touches the bottom right of the previous. Trim ribbon ends, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch at each side.

  4. Step 4

    Tuck each ribbon end into knot at opposite end to complete star, pulling gently to adjust; use a dab of glue to secure.

  5. Step 5

    Once your ribbon stars are completed, hang them from the tree.

Reviews (1)

  • chiarabeth 13 Dec, 2013

    Easy, quick, non-breakable ornament that can really liven up a tree without emptying your wallet! Make sure to use a stiff, sturdy ribbon. Satin ribbons can be too soft and won't form well-defined corners. Also a great way to use up leftover ribbon scraps from special occasions: I've made stars from the same ribbons I used to make our ring-pillow and our wedding favors. Better than any of those "our first Christmas" balls any day!