Christmas crafting :: stars

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I enjoy a little crafting at any time of year, but it’s in the run up to Christmas that I really get making. I’m a particular fan of homemade decorations, with past favourites including crochet snowflakes, rag wreathes, orange peel star garlands {there’s a tutorial for them here}, glittery pine cones and peg doll ornaments. The boys love to get involved too, and I try to include a range of crafty festive activities as part of their advent calendar.

This year, we were lucky enough to receive some craft kits from gorgeous new online craft shop, Conscious Craft, which is a veritable treasure trove of natural art and craft materials, particularly for children. We made two very different sorts of stars- straw stars, and needle-felted stars. I’d had a go at needle-felting before, when I made some pumpkins last Halloween. I hadn’t thought of trying it with the boys, but my eldest (aged 6), loved it, despite an inevitable pricked finger. He was delighted with the transformation from soft fleece to solid star, and it was surprisingly speedy (and oh-so-satisfying!). The felting kit came with everything that we needed to make a whole constellation of stars.

Perhaps the real star turn (sorry!), was the straw star kit. I’ve long had a fondness for straw stars, and we have a number in our decorations box (originally from Ikea, I think). It had never occurred to me that I could make them myself, let alone that the boys would be able to. Included in the kit is a sweet story about a field mouse making stars from straw to hang in his home, a tale which delighted the four year old. With careful concentration, and just a little help from the instructions and I, the boys made delicate straw stars of their very own, with which they were justly delighted. Given that we all now feel the overwhelming urge to make ‘just one more star’, I fully anticipate that this year’s Christmas decorations will be very twinkly indeed!

{disclosure} Conscious Craft kindly sent us some craft kits to try out, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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