Give your Christmas tree western flair with this barbed wire star.
Don’t sweat it if you don’t have rusty wire. I love anything rusty, but I kinda think a newer galvanized finish would also be pretty great!
I have made these stars for years, but I have never written the tutorial until now. They will be a terrific addition to your holiday decor or your next craft show. I sell out every year.
Things You Will Need:
Needle nose pliers
Pine greenery and raffia (small amount)
Red acrylic paint
What To Do:
Using bolt cutters, cut five, 6″ pieces of barbed wire. These are the star legs.
Place two legs together to form a “V” shape. Overlap the touching points and tie with hemp string. DO NOT trim the hemp at this time. Repeat with two more legs.
Using the photo as a guide, overlap and weave the legs of the two “V” shapes. Not a lot of weaving needs to be done, but depending on the bends and/or spikes of the legs, each star may need to be woven differently. That said, some weaving needs to be done to prevent the legs from unfolding when hanging.
Tie the right leg of the right “V” to the left leg of the left “V”.
Lay the remaining leg across the star (weaving if possible). Overlap the two remaining “V” legs with the ends of the last leg and tie.
Lay the star flat. Apply a small dot of craft glue on each hemp knot and allow to dry. Trim the ends of the hemp to approximately 1/4″ to 1/2″ long.
Wrap a small bit of a wired pine branch around one inner intersection. Glue on a small raffia bow and three berries (peppercorns painted red).
Cut an 8″ length of baling twine. Tie the ends together and attach to a point of the star for the hanger.
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