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How to make a Christmas tree star

''If you haven't managed to shake off the minimal vibe at home, that's no bad thing,'' says Danielle, ''It's a great backdrop for metallic, leather or wool stars. These are superbly simple to make so do a stack at a time. They will look stunning with DIY snowflakes, plain matt baubles or as a starburst for the top of your tree.''

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How to make a Christmas tree star

You will need:

  • Star-shaped cookie cutter
  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Metalllic paper
  • Fabric - leather or wool looks great
  • Fine paintbrush
  • A selection of glitters, sequins and crystals
  • Medium weight garden wire (available from garden centres or stores such as Homebase)
  • Craft knife

Step 1: Cut five or six star shapes in card using a template - a star-shaped cookie cutter works well. Spread each star thinly with glue and stick it onto metallic paper, fabric or offcuts of leather (which looks especially good) then trim it down.

Step 2: Add dots of glue on top with a fine paintbrush and sprinkle with glitter, crystals and sequins. Leave for 20 minutes, or until the glue is dry and then shake off the excess glitter.

Step 3: To create a starburst at the top of your tree (why have one, when you can have an entire Milky Way?), cut a little hole in the top of each star with a craft knife and attach a 20cm piece of medium weight garden wire.

Step 4: Once you have five or six, cluster them together and join all the 'stems' by winding garden wire tightly around them, 5cm from the bottom. Continue to the bottom but wind slightly less tightly, so there is a small gap for the top of the Christmas tree to fit into. Attach the starburst to the top of your tree using more wire if necessary.