Monday, May 6, 2013

Designer Crafts Connection - Primitive Star

Hi Crafters!

This month on the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop we're designing with the theme "Handmade Wishes".  When I think of wishing, I think of stars.  So, I thought I would design a star of some kind.  Which material to choose?  Wire was my first choice, but it wasn't working for me.  Then, I spotted the bundles of reed in a corner of my craft room purchased for some unknown previous project.  It was perfect for a primitive-style star to put out in the garden.

I used reed, which is easy to cut to length with scissors, and I used lengths of 18" here.  I used some 26-gauge brown craft wire to wrap the pieces together.  When you start wrapping the pieces together, leave a wire tail so that you'll have something to hold.  Wrap around one piece, then wrap around the other, then weave back and forth in any manner you please.  To keep them in place, tape the pieces down to your work surface with masking tape.  Wrap the outer points first, then wrap the inner points of the star to hold it all in place.  That's all there is to it! 

You could also use bamboo or any other tree branches you might have.  If you use heavier materials, you'll want to use heavier wire.  Raffia or string would look good with this star also.  Of course, you can make it in different sizes and lengths.

Have fun with it!  And, if you try it, I'd love to hear your comments!

Happy Crafting!


  1. Hi Terry,
    This is really cute! Perfect for indoors or outdoors. I think I might try one for my garden. "Wishing" you a wonderful day!

    Suzann Sladcik Wilson

  2. Ooh... I love this Terry! This is so pretty and now you've got my mind a whirlin' with ideas! I don't have any reeds around but I've got loads of chopsticks.... :)

  3. great idea! you could also coat it with glue and German glass glitter for a reflective decoration!

  4. OOH boy I am SOOOO doing this - probably TODAY! :0) Thanks for sharing -