I crafted a set Q-tip shaped stars to hang on my cotton batting Christmas tree this year. I have photographed them on a fir in my backyard so that you may see how these would look on a live Christmas tree. These stars would also be lovely on a flocked tree as well.
|Finished Q-tip star ornaments for the Christmas tree.|
- cotton balls
- white glue
- masking tape
- wire for hanging the ornament
- tiny Christmas baubles with attached stems
- First you will need to wrap the Q-tips into star shapes. I have included a series of photos below that show a sequence for the process. Every time two tips cross, you will need to add a bit of glue and wrap the two with tape and/or cotton in order to hold each Q-tip in place. Don't worry about how messy this looks; you will be wrapping the entire star with cotton batting later.
- Each star shape is made from five Q-tips. Two sets are wrapped into "V" shapes and then the fifth Q-tip crosses the two "Vs" to complete the star shape.
- Leave a hole in the center of the star or make one with the tip of your scissors so that the small wired bauble may be twisted into place at the center of the star.
- Unwind the cotton balls, several at a time, so that these look like long narrow strips.
- Now add white glue to each Q-tip stem and cross piece that you will be wrapping with the strips of cotton batting. Do not wrap the tips of the Q-tips, these come covered with cotton already.
- While you wrap the star shapes; weave the cotton around the small bauble so that it remains shown at the front side of your star.
- Always end each final layer of cotton wrap with an additional coat of white glue.
- Wrap a thin wire with cotton batting and twist this into place around one side of your star in order to hang the ornament.
- Let your star dry over night.
|A set of photos showing how to arrange the Q-tips before twisting and gluing bits of cotton and masking tape around the tips of the crisscrossed stems.|