It’s almost ‘pruning time’. Save your twigs!!!

Three big bundles of these twigs came into our possession courtesy of a thoughtful customer who brought them to the store for us last spring “because she KNEW we could do something with them”.

With falling behind on EVERYTHING last spring after being down with pneumonia for so long, I didn’t get around to using some of  the twigs until just before the fall shows this year.  I made them into very simple stars. 

The step by step pictures may, or may not, help you figure out how to to them.  It’s quite simple really.  Just visualize the way you line draw a star, and do the same thing, twig by twig; tying off each connection securely with string.  I used jute twine.

To make the process go faster, I cut a big pile of my lengths of twine before I started making the stars so they were ready to just GRAB each time I needed one, instead of having to stop and cut twine every step along the way.

Tie you twine securely around your first connection.  I always double knot.

Then flip your star over and bring your twine through the OPPOSITE openings of your connection, and double knot it on that side.  (so you now tied it in a X shape) Flip and tie once more for good measure and trim off the excess twine.  And move on to adding the next twig.

And follow the same steps with the twine for each twig you add.

Once you have all your ends tied up, go back and tie off all the center places where the twigs cross over each other.  This stabilizes your star so it keeps it’s shape.  If you ONLY tie the ends your star will be kind of floppy/sloppy.

Each star has it’s own unique shape and personality.

You can see a few of the finished ones here in our space at one of the fall shows.  I tied some rusty jingle bells or red berry sprigs to some of them.  But most I left just plain and the plain ones sold the best. 

Stars seem to be popular for decorating with is so many different decor styles and seasons.  I’ll be making some more for the store soon.

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Quick and easy repainted resin crosses

I liked the detail on these resin crosses, but not the color.

I spray painted them a flat brown.

Then lightly sponged on some black (craft paint) to highlight the detail.

Now they look great with the Paris apartment decor in our booth at the antique mall!

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