Do-It-Yourself Christmas Ornaments

These "do it yourself" Christmas ornaments, made of sticks and yarn, can be a fun project for the whole family.

| November/December 1978

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    Add a unique touch to your "do it yourself" Christmas ornaments by using multiple yarn colors.
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  • Cross two sticks and wire them together, as in Fig 1. Wrap two or three turns of yarn around the intersection and tie them off, as in Fig 2. Weave the yarn onto the frame, as in Fig 3. If you want a figure with six sections, cross and wire three sticks together as in Fig 4 and then tie and weave your yarn.
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How would you like to decorate your Yuletide tree with lovely do-it-yourself Christmas ornaments this year? There's nothing to it. Just gather the family together, get some yarn and sticks (anything from pieces of dowel to small twigs will do), and make a party out of the project.

Cross two of your sticks (cut to whatever length you want), and wire or tie them perpendicular to each other. Then hold the struts between your thumb and forefinger and—leaving a loose end three inches long—wrap three or four turns of yarn around the cross's intersection. Knot off these "anchor" strands, and start to weave the yarn onto the frame, making a loop around each stick as you go.

When your decoration is as large as you want it to be, tie a knot (so the weave won't unravel) and fasten a "hanger" loop—made from a 10-inch-long piece of yarn—to the last wrapped strand.

You can vary the designs of your ornaments in several ways. For instance, weave clockwise for a while, and then tie the yarn off and cut it. Now, start again from the same stick that you stopped on and weave counterclockwise. (This technique will produce an especially pretty decoration if you just use a different color of yarn every time you change directions.)



Or, you can make a six-pointed shape. Fasten three sticks together with pliable wire (yarn won't hold this "triple cross" securely enough). Then, wrap it with yarn as you did the four-sided ornaments.

If you'd like a little "sparkle" in your holiday, why not paint designs on the finished ornaments with glue, and sprinkle glitter onto the sticky patterns? (You can buy the shiny flecks, in kits that include glue tubes with "writing" tips, at most dime stores.)





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