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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2011



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


  • 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


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

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

  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. Hot-glue the cut greenery to the sticks.

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