One ornament to Celebrate Four Holidays! Hanukkah! Santa Lucia! Feast of Guadalupe! Advent!


The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the beginning of Hanukkah, and Santa Lucia Day all fall on the same weekend this year! 

I love this cheerful little ornament that can be adapted for any one or all of them!

Santa Lucia Day, December 13th.  Use red and white yarns to reflect the colors used in Scandinavian winter holiday decorations.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12th.  Use bright, saturated colors used in beautiful Mexican weavings.


Hanukkah begins at sundown, December 11th.  White and shades of blue make star ornaments that would be beautiful hanging in windows or from chandeliers. I have been playing around with a 6 pointed star, but am still working out the weaving pattern.  But I believe it can be done!

12/1/2010 update!  It can be done!  And here it is!

A big, big weekend!  And on top of all of the above celebrations, Sunday the 13th is the third Sunday of Advent. 

Since the third candle in my Advent Wreath represents protecting and respecting the earth and the environment, I have created a totally recycled ornament.  The pretty center is a reused gift tag! I reused old, slightly bent sewing pins, shipping boxes, and yarn saved and untangled from a failed God's Eye project.

And this little beauty is Diane's very first star!  We got together for a "crafty day" in early fall and since she wanted to learn how to make these, I gave her a "private" lesson!  I love the colors she choose for her star.


Having seen several versions of these in magazines and craft books published in the 70's and 80's, I was determined to figure out how to make them. 

They are not difficult, but teaching them can be a bit tricky!  But because they are so much fun once you get the hang of how they are made, I decided right here in the big middle of all this Christmas chaos, to post a tutorial showing step by step how to construct an eight sided star! 

The tutorial is mostly just photos of each step.  If you will simply assemble your materials and then make one as you follow me step by step, I promise, when you reach the end of the post you will have a beautiful little star in your hands!

And as you will see, you have everything you need at home already!  Nothing to buy!  And most of it makes use of recycled materials!

So!  Let's begin!

You will need:

-   Cardboard shipping boxes cut into squares 2x2, or 3x3.  Feel free to make them smaller or larger as you wish.

-   Glue stick or Mod Podge used as a glue

-   straight pins used in sewing  (eight per star)

-   yarn - 4-ply is best to begin

-   scissors

-   embroidery needle with an eye large enough for 4-ply yarn

- scraps of aluminum  foil or foil paper or even wrapping paper

- optional:  fabric, holiday cards or gift tags, small photos, stickers

- optional:  Glass or plastic drilled beads for stringing.

- optional: Aileen's Tacky Glue

Got everything together?  Let's make a star!

Cut 4 squares of foil or paper the same size as your cardboard squares. Glue the foil to both sides of your cardboard squares.

Allow the glue to dry and then glue the two foil covered squares together as shown.

Place one end of your OUTSIDE yarn in the center of one side of the star and glue in place covering with a sticker or a piece of fabric, or an image cut from a card. Be sure it is centered.  (For my demonstration star, I have cut a cat from a scrap left over from a project using fabric by my favorite designer, Laurel Burch.)

While the center is drying, place straight pins into every point leaving about 3/8" exposed.

If you wish, you could place a decorative bead on the pin before inserting into the cardboard.  I think this would be a beautiful addition.  I am making a star in shades of white with crystal beads at the tips.

If you prefer, you can actually glue the end of your yarn between the cardboard squares.  This method works well if you are not planning to glue anything in the center.

The other side for reference

To make your star easier to handle, let it dry thoroughly.  If your yarn is glued between the squares, you can use bull dog clips to apply a bit of pressure to hold it all in place while it dries.

The green optic paper is something I found at the Dollar Store several years ago.  It was designed to be a removable book cover.  Didn't work all that well - too removable!  But it is perfect for my stars!

You are now ready to begin winding your yarn around the cardboard squares!   Make sure that your star looks exactly like mine in each step.

Place your yarn to the left of the pin at the top of your star and then carry it to the back. I have never found it necessary to take the yarn all around the pin before going to the back.  Just lay the yarn to the left of the top pin and carry it to the back.

Notice carefully the two pins I am pointing to and the placement of the yarn. Skip the two pins to the right of the top pin and bring the yarn back to the front on the right side of the third pin.

Note: This is the only time you will "skip two pins".

From the right side of the third pin, carry the yarn along the cardboard edge (to the right of the pin) as shown and then carry it to the back from the left side of the pin at the end of the edge as shown.

Follow the next few photos, making sure your star looks exactly like mine.
As you do this, you will come to understand the weaving pattern.

Basically, you will move around the star clockwise, one pin at a time, bringing the yarn from the back to the front on the right side of the pin. Then follow the edge with the yarn until you reach the point and place the yarn on the left side of the pin to carry it to the back.

Continue winding your yarn in the same pattern - from the back, around the right side of the next pin counterclockwise, then carry the yarn along the edge of the square to the pin at the other end of the edge and around the left side of the pin to the back.

Once you have completed the circle, your star will look like this - one yarn lying along each edge of the stacked squares.

The back!  Notice that once this first wind is in place, if you get lost while winding, you can follow the yarn on the back to the next pin!

Continue winding around the star in the same pattern, but be sure you place your second yarn to the left of the first.  You are always working toward the center.

Sometimes your first row of yarn will slip down along the edge of the square instead of lying on the top.  Don't worry about it.  You will be surprised how many imperfections disappear when you have completed the star! I threw three of them in the trash before I finally just stuck it out and finished the star.   I kept thinking I was doing it wrong.

Be patient and stick with it.  Once you get that first row of yarn wound completely around the star the rest is easy!

Second row completed

Third row completed

Four rows of yarn completed.  At this point we will change colors. 

Because I am using regular 4-ply yarn, there is only room for about 4 rows of each of three colors. But you can vary the number of rows you use for any color.

Notice, in the finished star below, how the outside yarn practically disappears once winding is completed. Keep this in mind when selecting your yarns.

The back looks like this!

Bring your yarn to the back and tie on your new color using a knot.  Don't worry about hiding it - it will disappear all by itself!

Continue weaving as before. At this point, you can simply follow the yarn pattern around the star!

Two yarns completed

The back.  Wow!  To me it looks a lot better in the photo than in person!  You can see how you can follow the yarns on the back to your next pin.

You may weave a couple more rows before tying on a new color or tie on a new color now. 

Continue weaving until you have a center opening about 1'" to 1 1/4" across. For this piece I have used 4 rows of purple, 2 of gold and 4 of pink.

Finished back!

Cut your yarn leaving about 4".  Thread the yarn through the needle

Place the needle under several layers and pull the yarn through. Make sure you are working parallel to the yarns. Do not pull too tight - just snug.

Make a second stitch pulling the yarn through.  Clip the yarn and hide the end.

Push the pins into the cardboard but leave them flush with the edge.  Do not push them beyond the edge of the cardboard. If using standard dressmakers pins, a tiny drop of glue at each tip wouldn't hurt - but I have yet to have one come loose.  If you use beads or glass head pins, then the glue is totally not necessary.

To make a hanging loop:

Select a piece of yarn the same color as the yarn used on the outside edge of your star.  Cut it about 4 - 5 inches long.  Double it in half and thread the loop through the needle as shown.

Tie the loose ends into a slip knot.  Slip the needle under several layers of yarn on the back at the top of your star.

Pull the yarn through allowing the knot to catch in the yarn layers.  Remove the needle and tuck the knot into the yarn if it hasn't completely disappeared.

Your ornament is ready to hang!  I glued a photo of Joey, my grandson, into the center of this one! 

Make a set for grandmother!  She will love it! 

Happy mid-December Winter Holidays!


Now that you have mastered making yarn stars - make a heritage Christmas garland, or make a bunch in red, white and blue to decorate for July 4th.  

Woven stars are even pretty when woven with raffia! Perfect for fall!

And if you love playing with yarn, you might also enjoy making God's Eyes! You will find the basic how-to here.  And learn how to add beads here, and reverse weave here.



Oh, these are definitely okay

Oh, these are definitely okay for coasters! I'm going to try it out.

Also, I love seeing the marshmallow men on your sidebar!

Love these! I may have to

Love these! I may have to re-read your tutorial a few times before I'm ready to try them myself, though. Thanks!

Another good activity for my

Another good activity for my 4-H kids. Thanks again!

what a very creative idea.

what a very creative idea. never seen this before. but have to try this.

thanks for this tutorial.

i'm linking.


Thank you for the tutorial! I

Thank you for the tutorial! I made some yesterday with my children and posted them on They were easy to make and great to look at!

Did you ever figure out the

Did you ever figure out the star of David weaving pattern? I would like to make some that are the star of David.

I just stumbled upon your

I just stumbled upon your blog and these directions. These are sooo beautiful! I am doing my Christmas ornaments at the moment (I know it's July but if I don't start now they won't get done). I tried to do yarn stars that are wound around cardboard and then separated out into the star points and tied...blurgh...mine are a mess. These actually look easier because there is a precise order. I can't wait to get started. Thank you so much for posting the directions to these lovely ornaments. :-)

Hi Pam!!! What can I say???

Hi Pam!!! What can I say??? I can´t find the right words in english (I´m brazilian from Belo Horizonte) to tell you how much I love all your work. I discored your blog today and thanks God for found you and such wonderful work.

Thanks a lot for sharing your talent and let us do such amazing projects.

Have a wonderful week!!!

Love and hugs


I made two of these. Check

I made two of these. Check them out on my link.
Thank you Pam.

These are definitely easier

These are definitely easier than my 36" Ojo de dios Mandalas.
Going to make some for Dia de los Muertos craft table and teach my granddaughters to make them during our "One Month Summer Stay with Gramma" when we do arts and crafts, tea parties, movies, summer reading lists, etc....
We have a huge binder full of craft ideas, recipes, science experiments, etc....
Fun for all.

Thank you, thank you, thank

Thank you, thank you, thank you! My grandma had these on her Christmas tree back in the very early 1960s. Hers were wrapped with crochet thread, not yarn, had a cardboard backing and were hung with a satin ribbon, and she had a picture of each grandchild in the center of them. I have searched high and low for years, trying to find directions to make these. I tried to figure it out myself, but never could get it quite right. I never even found anyone else who even remembered them, until a message board friend searched and found you for me. I can't begin to tell you how much this means to me. I have tears in my eyes. Thank you so much!

I am thrilled to know that I

I am thrilled to know that I was able to help!  I fell in love with them the first time I saw them!

If you have any questions, please be sure to write and I will do my best to help.

Hi Pam! Look here

I LOVE THESE! They are going

I LOVE THESE! They are going in my "make next year" box because there's no way I'm getting to them this year. They'll be perfect for my students to make!

Thank you so much for the

Thank you so much for the fabulous tutorial! I am going to make these as gifts for my coworkers!

My heavens. I'm doing this.

My heavens. I'm doing this. And I'm sharing it with 40 or 50 other people, and I don't even know that many.

You're fabulous!

It's a gorgeous project. I'm

It's a gorgeous project. I'm going to feature it on my blog post tomorrow. Thanks for posting it!

Why oh, why can't you live

Why oh, why can't you live next door - I would love crafty days with you too! These are so clever Pam. I'll have to try them out when the kids break up from school for Christmas break. J x

Pam, the colors here are

Pam, the colors here are great. What a wonderful way to dress up a tired tree or any spot in your house that needs a little infusion of Christmas spirit. The bright colors make me happy.

 I love this project so much!

 I love this project so much! And I'm here to tell you, they're easy and addictive to make. Pam taught me over the Summer, and it was so much fun! Just remember - if your ornament is looking a little messy at the beginning, keep going. By the end, all flaws magically disappear!

Wow, great tutorial! Think

Wow, great tutorial! Think I'll try this with my students next week. If I do, I'll send you photos.

These are so pretty! Hurray

These are so pretty! Hurray for the holidays!

These are fabulous! I was

These are fabulous! I was skimming through my RSS feeds, then noticed the sharp, clear photography and thought, "These have to be Pam's photos." I scrolled up and saw I was right. This is a keeper!

I have never seen anything

I have never seen anything like this before and your directions are awesome as always. It's wonderful.