Boring old dead sticks are good for nothing but firewood right? Not true at all. As can be seen below you can use them to produce a quite beautiful things.
If you’d like to make your own
Step 1: Go out and find your materials. To make this Christmas Star, we need one stick wide enough for the points and another with a diameter large enough for the central. Of course you can use the same stick for both but in this example I use separate sticks for each job.
Step 2: Use a saw to cut two 4mm rounds from the end of a branch and then length ways into 4mm slices.
Step 3: Use a belt sander to Smooth out the cut surfaces and make sure that all pieces are the same width.
Step 4: Draw out a tear drop shape on a piece of paper and cut it out to use as a template. Use the template to mark out the start point shapes on the just sanded wood slices.
Step 5: Cut out the shapes with a band saw.
Step 6: Sand the rough cut points to refine the shape using a small drum sander attached to a rotary tool such as a Dremel. Use the same tool to round off the corners from one side of the two round pieces as well.
Finish off by using finer sandpaper to go over all the pieces and get them ready for assembly.
Step 7: Begin by laying out the five points on a flat surface ensuring that all angles line up correctly and that the star shape is even.
Step 8: When happy with the shape, place a drop of glue on the base of each start point and carefully position the first round on top. If using super glue, be very careful as you won’t be able to move the pieces once they come into contact.
Step 9: Once the glue is set, flip the star over and repeat the process to affix the second round to the other side.
Step 10: With all the glue dried, it is now time to drill a 1mm hole through one of the points to enable us to hang the star on a Christmas tree.
Step 11: With the assembly complete, all that remains is to give the star a couple of coats of clear varnish with a light sand between them.
With the varnish dry, thread a length of 1mm leather cord through the hole, tie it off and hang the star.
Once you have the basic techniques down, you can then move on to more complex designs.