The traditional Christmas star becomes a shimmering beacon when coated with silver glitter and outlined with wired tinsel roping.
- Star template
- 14-gauge galvanized utility wire
- Dowel or broom handle
- Wire cutters
- Dark, neutral corrugated paper
- Utility knife
- Heavy tissue or newspaper
- Spray adhesive
- Coarse glitter in blue topaz
- Hot-glue gun
- Wide lametta tinsel wired roping
Beginning 8 inches from the end of a piece of the utility wire, make a coil 3 1/2 to 4 inches long around the dowel; the dowel's diameter should be approximately that of the vertical branch at the top of your tree. Snip wire at end of coils with wire cutters. Remove wire from dowel.
Using the template, cut two star shapes out of the corrugated paper. On the smooth side of one piece, locate the center by connecting the opposite points of the star with five pencil-drawn lines, using a ruler as a guide; make a pinhole where lines intersect. Beginning at center pinhole and using the ruler as a guide, score lines by lightly cutting to just beneath the smooth surface of paper along the long lines (bold lines on template) with the utility knife. Turn star over, and, again beginning at pinhole and using the ruler as a guide, score along the short lines (thin lines on template) to just beneath the corrugated surface. With the smooth side facing up again, push down on the short scored lines and up (from beneath) on the long scored lines. The shape will now be three-dimensional.
Repeat previous step on other star shape. Crumple pieces of heavy tissue, and place in center of one of the star halves. Run the straight end of the coiled wire through the crumpled paper. Place small pieces of tape along all five points of star, and tape two halves together.
Coat both sides of star with spray adhesive, and sprinkle with heavy, coarse glitter. Using a hot-glue gun, attach wired tinsel roping to all sides of star.