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Tinsel Star Ornaments

These sparkly ornaments are easy to make and sure to stand out on any tree.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1999/2000


These eight-pointed stars are made from glass beads and an old-fashioned type of tinsel called lametta. A flexible wire covered in shiny tufts, lametta is easy to work with -- and since it is silver-plated, it tarnishes from a bright shine to a soft glow. The result: tinsel ornaments that look like you've had them for ages.


  • Lametta

  • Glass beads

  • Hot-glue gun

  • Needle-nosed pliers

  • Scissors

  • 28-gauge nickel wire


  1. Bend lametta seven times at 1 1/2-inch intervals.

  2. Bring the points into a star shape, and join ends with a dab of hot glue. Repeat to make a second star.

  3. Sandwich the stars together, then turn the top one slightly so the two four-pointed stars form one eight-pointed star. Glue centers together.

    Technique: To add a bead in the center, thread the end of a piece of wire through one of the star's interior points. Bring the wire's ends together, and thread them through the bead. Secure wire ends to the opposite interior point, and snip excess wire.

  4. Thread a piece of wire through a space in the ornament, such as the point of this star; bend ends together, then twist.

  5. Wrap the twisted wire around a pencil for a round hook, and trim ends.

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