Published on July 25th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Christmas in July! Tin Christmas Star Ornaments
What the what, did I just say Christmas? You mean, gulp, it’s coming and coming faster then I expect. Yeppers. That Christmas. The holiday of joy, when extra time would be the greatest gift given. Time to create memories, do more crafts with the kiddos and time to enjoy yourself. One of my most annoying habits is to prepare for Christmas long before it gets here. (I want no hassle shopping. Much of mine is done through online shopping.) Remember to shop handmade this year! There are several websites that help you buy from small businesses. I also love to be able to take the time to do crafts and baking with my minions. They are already growing up so quickly. I want those memories to tide them along during the holidays. So, here are my tin christmas star ornaments. (They are actually aluminum, but let’s pretend they are tin, shall we?)
At Christmas, I cherish handmade and homemade so much more. It’s the season of giving with your heart, even if that gift is yourself and your undivided time creating something with the ones you hold most deeply in your heart.
I wanted to bring you this easy and affordable way to add pretty ornaments to your trees. I would consider this a tween/teen craft. The tin can be sharp and gives a nasty paper cut if handled incorrectly. Otherwise it’s a pretty easy craft that you can have fun with the kids making.
First, you need a tin baking pan. I found these for $.97 at my local Walmart. They came in a two pack. I used one and got over 10 stars with it. Super cheap – hey could do with a group of kids as a quick craft too!
Cut off the rolled rim around the pan. Then cut down each corner, so that you can open the tin all the way flat. I used a bone folder for this- but a plastic ruler would be perfect as well.
I found an old template that had a nice star on it. I used a pen to trace the shapes all over the tin. I didn’t worry too much about some of the ridges left in the foil.
Cut out all your stars first. I simply stayed on the traced line and made sure I had sharp points.
Next, if you have a line embosser device, you can continue using this method. Don’t go anywhere if you don’t, I’m going to show you how to after this with a mouse pad and pen and ruler.
Use the pen and ruler, and trace a line down from each point to the center point between two big points. Keep turning the star and trace a line down each point until you have 5 lines.
Use your line embosser to trace down each point on the star, only to the center point. Do this on one side of the star.
Turn the star over and trace over the small lines still left. This gives you a dimensional look to the star.
At this point, you are almost finished. You just need to add a hole to one point- I used a large needle then added some thin brown thread to hang them.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LINE EMBOSSER, you can use an old mouse pad, and a pen and ruler.
Trace the lines that you first drew a second time. But again, only trace down from the point to the middle of the star. Flip the star over and trace the small lines again.
Obviously, as you can see, the star on the left is line embosser, the star on the right mouse pad. You can use a tool- pencil/pen etc.. to scratch or add texture to your stars, they end up a little more light catching.
You can make a lot of these for very little cost. They are a weency bit sharp on the edges, but so very light, and they shine very prettily in the glow of the Christmas lights.