Have you admired those beautiful straw stars that appear round about Christmas time? Itís never too early to start making some for yourself.
It will help if the straws are slightly damp
Place one bunch of tied straws on top of each other. Position them so that you can now join these two bunches together by weaving in and out, as in Step 1. Pull the thread in as closely to the centre as you can without breaking the straw. This will give you 16 ends. (see picture)
Take a bundle of three straws and cross the outside ones across the centre one, tying them together at the point where the three straws meet. (see picture). A clothes peg comes in handy to hold the straws in place while you are tying them. Make sure it is a secure knot (see Clove hitch).
Leave the next straw on its own.
Tie the next group of three straws together. Try to make sure your ties are all the same distance from the centre; it may help to mark the middle straw of the group of three with a pencil to mark where you will tie the others to it. The pencil will rub off easily afterwards.
Continue round the straw ends in this manner (3 tied, 1 single, 3 tied, 1 single, etc.) until youíve gone all round.
Tip: Try bending the straws at a shorter or a longer length, and see how you can make each star different.
These will all look lovely on a Christmas tree, or attached to a gift-wrapped parcel. Or perhaps you could make a mobile of different sizes and designs of stars. Experiment Ė and enjoy!
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