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.
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.
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.
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:
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