Crocheted Stars

This year I decided to make a Christmas tree ornament for each child in my class. I decided on a star as it could be enjoyed by those children who are not Christian. In order to make these gifts, I dug into my drawer for the bits of leftover wool from previous projects. In my search on the internet, I found something that I liked. But, alas, there was no pattern. I thank my mom for figuring it out from the picture I had found.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
A star ornament. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Crocheted stars. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The pattern has three rows.  To begin, chain 5. Join the chains to close into a circle.

Row 1:  ch 3, 2 dc (this is the first group), ch 2, 3 dc (this is the second group). You are to make 5 groups all together.

Row 2: Slip stitch through 3 chains to get to first space. ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same space. Into the next space do *3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc*. Continue with * until row is complete.

Row 3: ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in first space. st into next space. **3 dc, ch3, 3dc, st** into next space. Continue **until row is complete.

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Getting ready to stiffen stars. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Once all the stars had been made, I decided to stiffen them and decorate them with glitter. Before stiffening, I tied a bow on each star and tied on some wool from which to hang the ornaments. To stiffen my work, I used the white craft glue that becomes transparent when it dries. I placed some glue in a yogurt cup and mixed it with water and brushed the glue onto each star with a firm paintbrush. Before the glue had a chance to dry, I sprinkled some glitter onto each piece. I chose to work with silver but there are other colours one could choose: gold, blue, green and even red.

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Ready to dry. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I left the ornaments to dry overnight. The next day, they were ready to be handed out. As I had a range of colours, I let the children choose which one they would like. I did not forget my own children, of course. Before taking the bulk of the stars to school to distribute, I gave them the opportunity to choose the ones they liked:

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Crocheted Christmas tree ornaments. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

These now grace our tree. I am thinking that next year I will try out another pattern to help decorate the tree.

Do you make ornaments for your Christmas tree?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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53 thoughts on “Crocheted Stars

  1. Oh Colline this is such a sweet idea. what a keepsake this will be – and the kids may not realize it now – but handmade gifts like these are rare these days – also- it has a bit of “you” woven right in. also love the choice elf a star to cater to all 🙂 ❤

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    1. had to quickly share this old ornament we got from my husband’s grandma – when she moved out of their family home – she sent me a bunch of holiday stuff to go through – in hindsight I see I should have kept more – but thankfully I grabbed a few treasures – and this is an example – I still have the matching male to go with this – but we only brought down 1/4 of our ornaments this year because we have a smaller tree (way TMI – lol)

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  2. What a wonderful idea! I can not knit nor croquet.
    When I was teaching (at university!) I gave out holiday-themed erasers passed around in a basket. Not as special as the wonderful stars you made!
    I haven’t had a Christmas tree in many years but I used to make ornaments for our and others trees. I would take a toilet paper tube, glue a circle of cardboard to the bottom. Then cover the tube with green or red felt, and ribbon or silver/gold bricabrac (probably no longer exists, lol) at the top and bottom of the roll. I made a hole on either side of the top, attached a ribbon handle with name(s) attached written on a small piece of thick construction paper (when there was thick construction paper. Then filled the ornament with candy (the special candies of Christmas), candy canes, small presents, ornaments if giving away, and candy canes and other stuff for home.
    I made other types of ornaments, but this was the one I made up (or perhaps I saw somewhere) when I was fairly young. I don’t think any survived the test of time and my leaving home, lol. And, as I usually, do — I’ve given away my age again.
    Have a great Christmas and all the best in the new year. May your stars remain a special part of your student’s memories.

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    1. Sounds like the gifts you made were from the heart. I enjoy gifts made by children as they spend so much time and creativity on it 🙂
      I wish you the best for the New Year and a wonderful Christmas too Phylor.

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  3. They’re beautiful! 🙂 It’s been a long time since I’ve made any kind of Christmas decorations. I’m not terribly talented when it comes to crafts and doing things with my hands. I’m dangerous with glue and scissors. lol!

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      1. I used spent Christmas Cards one year to cover a cardboard shipping box, then covered the whole shooting match with clear contact paper. I needed something sturdy enough to house a garden angel made of concrete. My sister like the box better than the contents. She still uses the box to store her Christmas goodies in, off season. Some kids never grow up. 🙂

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  4. Colline what a thoughtful thing to do…..and to make so many in the midst of all the Christmas chores is surely a labour of love. They are so pretty I’m sure all the children were surprised and delighted. I don’t make tree decorations any more…..but I often buy one or two when we are away on holiday. This tradition began on our honeymoon, many years ago, when I bought six wooden tropical fish decorations. Each year as I hang them, I remember buying them in heat and colour of Sri Lanka 🙂

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  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous! Our tree is decorated with all the handmade ornaments made over the years. There are salt dough ones, glitter covered polystyrene shapes, wrapped boxes, macaroni angels, etc, from when the boys were really little; to the ones I’ve made from felt, knitted, crocheted and fabric. Only the balls and a few stars are bought. We always used to decorate with homemade Christmas shaped biscuits, meringues and strung popcorn, and will have to bring that back next year. It was yummy!

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      1. oh and how the kids love it! Both the baking, of course decorating with icing in different colours and adding sprinkles and silver balls, then the eating!!!! Of course, if we make the tree early, it gets stripped bare regularly, meaning lots of “refills”.

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