Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
This year, we finally bought a Christmas tree and I was able to hang all the 12 Christmas ornaments I made last year.
Even with other decorations and blinking lights in place, the tree looked kind of incomplete. So I decided to make a star topper to complete it. I collected some twigs when we visited the “Moomin Valley” at Akebono Kodomo-no-Mori Park (あけぼのこどもの森公園) last Sunday.
I am always paranoid about bugs residing in natural materials, so whenever I bring home any stuffs from the great outdoor, I’d annihilate the evil tiny hitchhikers the minute I reached home. Similar to how I prepared my pinecones for craft, I gave the twigs a good rinse and then baked them at 150°C for one and a half hour (a little overkill LOL).Actually, I have collected more twigs than I needed. For this project, I only needed five. :P
I got most of my materials from 100-Yen stores: a pruning shears, a glue gun, some glue sticks, “gold” colored aluminum flexible wire and a roll of linen thread. I also used some white glue, paper and pencil.
(1) By sketching a star on paper, I was able to gauge what size I wanted the star ornament to be. Then I used the sketch as my working pattern and cut the twigs accordingly. (2) These are the points I used the glue gun on. (3) Once the twigs were firmly attached to one another, I twined linen threads to their ends, using white glue to secured the threads to the wood. (4) I wound a few loops of flexible wire on the top branch just to make sure that the star will sit snugly on the tip of the tree. (5) I needed the wire to be the same length as the red indicator on the star, the part of which I’d attached linen thread on it. Then, I tucked in and glued the wire end to the star.For its final look, I made a few more twirls of linen threads round the star, so that it’d help to hold the LED lights snugly in place.