I grew up with most of our holiday decorations being homemade. Dough ornaments for Christmas, hand-painted eggs for Easter, Fasching (carnival) costumes sewn by my mom. This focus on making things ourselves is what got me into crafting in the first place and, now that I have kids of my own, I love it more than ever! This year I’ve added a lot of handmade touches to our holiday decor. I’ll share all of these in the upcoming days but I wanted to start off with this simple + beautiful wall hanging.
I was inspired by this wall hanging I found on Pinterest. But instead of white stars (since my walls are already white), I decided to go with black. The stars are also made of clay which I didn’t want to attempt myself. I considered making salt dough stars but I honestly didn’t want to spend that much time baking and then painting the stars, so instead I grabbed some leftover black poster board I had lying around. I love how they turned out! The lightweight poster board also means that my stars are also moving ever so slightly which adds a little magical touch, if I do say so myself.
Here’s how to create your own wall hanging if you’re interested in adding a little modern, Scandinavian touch to your Christmas decor this year!
- a branch about 45cm wide (I used birch)
- black poster board
- jute twine (60cm long or approx. 1.5 times the length of your branch)
- white thread
- 2 x small hooks
- star cookie cutter
[ Step 1 ] Trace your cookie cutter onto the black cardboard and cut them out to create your star shapes. For my wall hanging, I’m using 13 stars but you can adjust depending on the size of your cookie cutter and the length of your branch.
[ Step 2 ] Screw your hooks into your branch on either end. Attach your piece of twine from one hook to the other and knot securely.
Note: Make sure the hook opening is facing outwards so the twine doesn’t accidentally slip off the hook when you hang it on the wall.
[ Step 3 ] Use something small to poke a hole in the top of each star (I used a metal skewer) and thread a piece of thread through your hole. Tie a secure knot and cut off the (short) ends.
[ Step 4 ] Attach your stars to your branch at different scattered lengths. I found it easiest to hang my branch on the wall already as I was attaching my stars. I then tied each star on loosely with a single knot so I could undo and adjust as needed. After I had every star on there at the length I wanted, I double knotted and cut off the ends.
That’s it! Love the modern, Scandinavian vibe it gives off. The wall hanging fits perfectly with the rest of my neutral Christmas decor.
Note: The Advent Calendar on the fireplace mantle is another DIY – you can find the tutorial for that here.