Holiday Stringing Stars

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Create beautiful holiday ornaments with stringing stars and glitter chenille stems!

Age: 4+

Duration: 5-10 minutes (plus drying time)

Learning Outcomes: Practice pattern following. Exercise fine motor skills. Create a beautiful, take-home holiday craft.

You’ll Need:


To begin this craft, each child will need a stringing star. We used yellow liquid watercolor in a Junior Paint Spritzer to color one side of the star. This step can be done by a teacher or parent beforehand, but if students are going to perform this step, we suggest covering a big section of floor in newspaper and laying the stars on the newspaper to spritz them. This can be fun for students, but be careful, it can get a little messy!

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Once the stars have dried, it’s time to string them! For this craft, students will want to use two glittery chenille stems. Overlap the ends slightly and twist to secure them into one long strand before you start stringing.

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There are many different patterns students can use to string their stars with. Here are some of our favorites:

  • A,3,B,4,C,5,D,6,E,7,F,8,G,1,H,2
  • 1,3,4,6,7,1,2,4,5,7,8,2,3,5,6,8,H,A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H
  • A,D,H,E,B,G,C,F,B,E,A,F,C,H,D,G
  • A,E,H,D,G,C,F,B
  • 1,5,2,6,3,7,4,8
  • 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,4,8,3,7,2,6,1,5
  • A,6,F,3,B,7,G,4,C,8,H,5,D,1,E,2

Students can also experiment with their own patterns.

Once the whole class has finished their stars, you can either send the stars home as holiday gifts and ornaments, or you can hang the stars from your classroom ceiling to create an indoor star field!

We created a video to demonstrate the basic process for using stringing stars!

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