How to make a Christmas star decoration

How to make a Christmas star decoration

Follow our guide to creating a beautiful Christmas star decoration, using fresh holly and ivy from the garden.

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Festive Christmas decorations are a great way to cheer up a hall, porch or patio. And you can save money by creating your own homemade decorations using plants from the garden.

Holly and ivy have been used to make this traditional door wreath with a modern twist. Here, we’ve created a star-shaped decoration, but you could also create a square, circle, heart or even a Christmas tree. The arrangement takes a little care to assemble – the key to success is creating a defined outline and keeping the shape in mind as you gradually build the wreath. Take time to step back and check the decoration from a distance every now and then, and substitute sprigs or trim to fit the shape, if necessary, making sure all the foam is covered.

Don’t worry if you don’t grow any holly or ivy, as you can also create a Christmas mistletoe and box ball, birch and pine wreath, or miscanthus wreath.

Give your home some festive cheer, by creating our holly and ivy Christmas star decoration.

Save money by creating your own homemade decorations using plants from the garden.
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You Will Need

  • Floral foam sphere
  • Cotton or fishing line
  • Holly stems with berries attached
  • Flowering ivy
  • Pencil
  • Knife
  • Garden twine
  • Secateurs

Total time:

Step 1

Use a pencil to draw a template of a five-pointed star in the floral foam, and then use your knife to cut out the design. Soak the star in water for 30 minutes.

How to make a Christmas star decoration - cutting the star shape
How to make a Christmas star decoration – cutting the star shape

Step 2

Tie garden twine around the centre of the star to make a loop to hang it from. Hold the star up by the twine to check the angle the star will hang from, and rearrange if necessary.

How to make a Christmas star decoration - making a loop
How to make a Christmas star decoration – making a loop

Step 3

Push the holly into the foam, taking care to maintain the shape of the star, as just one sprig in the wrong place will distort it.

How to make a Christmas star decoration - adding the holly
How to make a Christmas star decoration – adding the holly

Step 4

Add the ivy flowers at regular intervals. Tie a length of fishing line to the twine at the back to hang the decoration from your door.

How to make a Christmas star decoration - adding the ivy
How to make a Christmas star decoration – adding the ivy
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