DIY: yarn star ornaments

by Bar

DIY Star Ornaments - Holiday Craft - Hand Made with Yarn and Pom-poms

We made these this weekend and I love how they turned out. My vision of sitting with my girls by the fire, joyously wrapping pipe cleaners with yarn, was interrupted by reality. It snowed! So while the kids built sled ramps and threw snowballs at each other, I sat by the fire alone and made these guys. Alone by the fire…yes, it was heavenly! And the yarn wrapping was quite therapeutic. I highly recommend this activity for stress relief.

DIY yarn star ornaments ~ holiday craft | small for big

DIY yarn star ornaments ~ holiday craft | small for big


Pipe cleaners

Star cookie cutter



Pom-pom maker (optional)

DIY yarn star ornaments ~ holiday craft | small for big


Start by wrapping the pipe cleaner around the cookie cutter to make the shape. (This would work well with heart or tree cookie cutters, too!) Then tape the two end together.

Next, chose your yarn. Ombre yarn works great because it’s already multi-colored. But if you want to make up your own color combo, then just cut about a foot of each color and attach with a knot. Or go with a single color!

Now comes the fun part…wrapping the yarn around the shape! It’s easiest if you wind your yarn piece (about 4 feet) in a ball in order to pass it through the middle each time. This wrapping process will take about half an hour. When finished, tie a double knot.

Make your pom-pom…or don’t. I think it’s cute without and would look so sweet as a gift topper. But we did pom-poms and I love them! We used a pom-pom maker, but you can make them any way you like. Here is a good tutorial on using your fingers.

When trimming your pom-pom, leave one string long to tie onto your star. Triple knot everything. Add a loop at the top for hanging. And you’re done!

DIY yarn star ornaments ~ holiday craft | small for big

I can’t decide if I’m hanging these on our tree, or giving them away. They would make great hostess and teacher gifts. Either way, I loved making these and now I want to try different shapes. I hope you try these too, and are more successful recruiting the kids!

xo, Bar

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alessandra December 18, 2013 at 3:43 am

I love it!
Thank you for sharing, xxxxxx Ale


2 Bar December 30, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Ale, you are welcome! Hope you got to make some. Happy New Year! xo Bar


3 Ann December 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

I love these! Been dying to make pompoms – I’m going to try hearts for Valentine’s. Thanks so much for the idea!


4 Bar December 30, 2013 at 9:11 pm

yes, hearts for valentines! i’m tempted to do that myself. would be so cute. hope you try it. happy new year, ann! xo bar


5 Ann January 4, 2014 at 5:46 am

Happy New Year to you too Bar – made my heart pompoms. I love them! But I’m not finished with pompoms yet!!! :)


6 Georgina Davis October 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

Hi,I made a wreath and found the yarn winding a little boring,could you wind the yarn around the pipe cleaners first and then make in to star shape? I will have a go at these though they are quite charming! Best Regards G.


7 mari October 23, 2014 at 8:57 pm

I think that would work – you might see the pipe cleaner peeking through where you bend it, but I bet you could push the yarn around to cover it up. Good luck!


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