You only need 4 simple supplies to make this adorable little rustic yarn star Christmas tree ornament! It's a perfect addition to your holiday tree, super easy to make, and even a great project for kids to help out with. The best part is how versatile it is for decorating! Of course, it also fits the dollar store craft category meaning it is super cheap to make in bulk!
Yarn Star Christmas Tree Ornament
Sometimes you just need something super easy that also looks beautiful. If you've ever looked at your tree and thought it needed more ornaments but you didn't have a big budget - then this is a great solution. It can easily be made in minutes, can be practically free depending on what you use, and is ideal for customizing.
I love this rustic look with a brown yarn wrapped around it that gives it a bit of that farmhouse style everyone loves. You can turn this into an ornament, add to a wreath, put it on top of the tree, or use it as part of a holiday garland. So many great ideas!
If you like the star decor idea, you can also make a cute rustic cardboard Christmas star, a 3D paper star, or even this giant paper bag star to add to your holiday decorations. Tons of great ideas to add beauty to your home this holiday season.
What Should I Use for the Base of the Star?
I used a piece of styrofoam that had been cut down into a star shape. You can probably buy pre-cut styrofoam in star shapes in various sizes, but I grabbed what was on hand. Just trace a star shape on top of styrofoam and use a knife to cut to shape.
You can also use other base items and wrap the yarn around them if you prefer. Really, you can grab just about anything you have on hand and turn it into a base to wind your yarn around and create this star. Below are a few other ideas that I think would work great as a base for the ornament.
- Cardboard or cardboard box cut into a star shape.
- Plastic piece cut into a star.
- Pipe cleaners that are shaped into a star shape.
- Popsicle or craft sticks shaped into a star shape.
- Paper or plastic straws you have shaped into a star shape.
How Can I Customize My Star?
There are a lot of ways to change the way the star looks. One of the appeals of this style is not just that it is rustic and easy, but versatile. I love that you can make it look totally different with simple changes. Below are a few that work great to make the star totally different but still the same.
- Use different colors or textures of yarn.
- replace the yarn with ribbon in different colors or textures.
- Use twine or raffia instead of yarn.
- Add glitter or glitter spray so it sparkles.
- Glue on small beads, sequins, or similar holiday embellishments to add a unique look.
What Can I Use to Attach the Yarn?
When I made this star, I grabbed my trusty hot glue gun. It secures the yarn perfectly and is ultimately one of the most convenient and affordable options in my crafting tools. When not using hot glue, I prefer something like tacky glue or even Gorilla glue with a stronghold. E6000 is handy but can be pricey if you are using a lot over the surface of an item.
However, if you are working with children you will want to grab something that is safer for them. Reach for a non-toxic glue that has a stronghold. You can use Elmer's school glue, but know that it will need to dry longer and will probably not last as long.
How to Make a Yarn Star Ornament
Cut or purchase a star-shaped piece of styrofoam, cardboard, or plastic. This works best with a thicker piece to wrap the yarn around.
Attach the end of your yarn to the very center front of the star with glue.
Begin wrapping the yarn around each "point" of the star. Go around, under, and back around so it is in a back and forth with every other wrap above then the next below.
Wrap toward the center of the star so that it is fully covered in the middle before moving upward to the points. At the end of each star point, cut the yarn and tuck the end of the yarn piece in and secure it with glue to cover the edge.
Continue wrapping the yarn, moving toward the end of the points with each continual wrapping. Stop and add additional glue on occasion to keep the yarn in place.
Once the glue has dried, tie the end of a length of ribbon into a knot.
Glue the ribbon onto the backside of the star and hold it in place to secure it.
Now you can hang your star from the Christmas tree!
More Easy Christmas Ornaments
Are you excited to make even more great ornaments to hang on your tree this year? If so, let me share some of the favorites we have created over the years. Below are some great DIY ornament ideas that fit easily into any holiday theme. Make sure you bookmark the craft ideas, pin them to Pinterest, or print the tutorials to make soon!
- DIY Paper Straw Mini Christmas Tree Ornament
- Adorable Snowman Craft Stick Photo Ornament
- Cute Upcycled Light Bulb Snowman Ornament
- Charming Craft Stick Gingerbread House Ornament
- Shiny Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Ornament
- Cut or purchase a star-shaped piece of styrofoam, cardboard, or plastic. This works best with a thicker piece to wrap the yarn around.
- Attach the end of your yarn to the very center front of the star with glue.
- Begin wrapping the yarn around each "point" of the star. Go around, under, and back around so it is in a back and forth with every other wrap above then the next below.
- Wrap toward the center of the star so that it is fully covered in the middle before moving upward to the points.
- Continue wrapping the yarn, moving toward the end of the points with each continual wrapping. Stop and add additional glue on occasion to keep the yarn in place.
- At the end of each star point, tuck the end of the yarn piece in and secure it with glue to cover the edge.
- Once the glue has dried, tie the end of a length of ribbon into a knot.
- Glue the ribbon onto the backside of the star and hold it in place to secure it.
- Now you can hang your star from the Christmas tree!
Glue a pipe cleaner horizontally on the bag and use it as a napkin ring.
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Use different colors of yarn to make each star unique on your tree.
Another option would be a beaded ribbon that will naturally sparkle against the holiday lights.
You can even make a larger star in yellow or gold to go on top of the tree!