This Christmas card doubles as a Christmas tree decoration. Simply untie the star from the card and pop it on your tree.
Basic sewing techniques are used, but you could also make the star with paper and decorate with brads or decorative stickers and gems.
You will need
- white paper
- white and blue felt
- precious metal effect embroidery thread
- sewing thread
- embroidery thread in blue
- purple and gold ribbon
- white (PVA) glue
- purple decorative paper
- gold craft paper
- vellum paper
- You can buy most of these items from your local craft store.
Finished Christmas decoration card
You can use felt or paper to make the star and any colour paper you wish.
Detail of Christmas star decoration
Add sequins and ribbon to your star for that extra magic touch.
Make your star template
Fold a square sheet of white paper (9×9 cm/3.5×3.5 inches) in half and fold again into quarters. Fold diagonally to form a triangle. Cut two lines of equal length from the top of the triangle to form a dart-like shape.
Unfold the paper to reveal a star
Use the paper template to draw around and cut out one blue and one felt star.
Decorate the star
Use metallic effect embroidery thread and sequins to decorate the star. Stitch the two stars, using running stitch. Leave a gap. Stuff with wadding and sew up the gap. Attach a ribbon to the top.
Make your card blank
Cut the card 15×30 cm (6×12 inches ), score a line down the middle and fold to form a square card blank. Cut the decorative paper at least 2 cm (3/4 inch ) larger than the card all the way around.
Glue decorative paper to the card
Glue decorative paper to the front, fold over the edges and glue to the back. Cut gold paper 2 mm (1/8 inch) shorter than the card blank and glue to the inside. Glue a square of vellum to the right hand side for writing your greeting.
Attach the decoration to the card
Punch two holes at the front of the card blank with a bradawl. Thread your star onto gold ribbon and thread the ribbon through to the inside of the card. Tie a knot on the reverse.
Blue star decoration
You can make a paper version if you don’t want to sew.
White star decoration
Make the star in a contrasting colour to the background.