Each year we add a few more DIY ornaments to the tree. And while I believe that pretty much everything goes together on a Christmas tree, making things that won’t completely clash with everything else on the tree is pretty satisfying!
Black and white together is classic and easily goes with any colour, including the all-important bronze, gold or silver (because you’ve always got to have at least one shiny, bling it up colour at Christmas!)
I’ve found that one of the easiest ways to mix up your decorations while keeping them cohesive is playing with texture. There’s often a lot of shiny, hard ornaments on the tree so switch things up a little with these soft, felted stars. And really you don’t have to stick to black and white. The best thing about making your own decorations is that you can do absolutely anything you like with them. Pick your colour scheme (or don’t) and go all out!
1. Place the cookie cutter onto the sponge and fill the top half with white wool top. Using a single needle (this makes it easier to get into the corners) stab at the wool until it has a flat even surface.
2. Add the black wool to the bottom of the cutter slightly over lapping the white section and stab the wool again. Once the wool is flat and even pull it away from the sponge, then place the cookie cutter back onto the sponge, put the felted star back into the cutter and stab again. This time pay a lot of attention to the outer edges and the middle where the colours meet.
3. Gently pull the star off the sponge again and remove the cutter. Work around the edge with the needle to neaten up the shape. Watch your fingers!
4. Trim around the star with a sharp pair of scissors to get a really crisp edge.
5. Poke a hole through the top point of the star and thread through the cotton cord. Tie this into a loop and cut off the excess.