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Simply starry

Craft with Resene, from the Australian Women's Weekly

This cleverly understated take on the Christmas star is created using humble wooden pegs.

These stars look perfect propped in a Christmas tree, or you can glue ribbon to the back and hang them.

Make starry decorations from wooden pegs

What you need:

  • Wooden clothes and craft pegs in various sizes
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Ribbon to hang (optional)
  • Small art brushes (to reach into small gaps)
  • Resene testpot paints. We used:


  1. Take the pegs apart, by twisting to pop the metal hinges out.

  2. Glue the flat sides of two peg halves together. Continue, until all the peg pairs are firmly glued together.

Pull the pegs apart
Paints used
Pic A - making star patterns
Pic A
Pic B - Layers of pegsPic B
  1. Plan how the stars will be assembled and layered. The simplest way is to start by attaching four pieces together at the thickest end to make a cross (see pic B). Place another four pieces into each corner. These could be the same size or smaller. Hot glue is best as it is strong and works fast. If you have a less adhesive glue, cut a small circle from thin card that can be glued to the centre back of the star to hold its shape.

  2. Experiment with snowflake shapes by gluing more layers or single peg pieces together. (See the different shapes we created in pic A). Paint either before or after gluing, depending on whether you want to include different colours in one star.

  3. Once the glue is set, finish painting, choosing from an array of beautiful Resene hues. Make sure you paint all the little corners and angles thoroughly. When the front is dry, turn over and paint the backs.

  4. If you choose to hang your stars with ribbon, attach with hot glue.

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Project by Marsha Smith, December 2019

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