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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas...

My name is Alice,
And I have these obsessions...

Welcome to my 12 Days of Christmas!

Here is the third DIY of my 2015 Twelve Days of Christmas. I didn't actually find this one on Pinterest, thought it up all on my own (with Mum and Heidi's help of course because three brains are better than one). You can hang this on a bare looking wall and it is sure to add some kind of Christmas flare.

You will need:
- Dowel rod of preferred length
- Fishing line or a thin thread
- Hot glue gun or if you are patient and have a lot of time on your hands you can use normal glue
- Cardboard (colour of your choice) for the stars
- Glitter (colour of your choice) for the stars
- Glue stick
- Star shaped hole punch or a star template
- Black permanent marker or a good eye
- Ribbon (colour of your choice) for hanging

There are quite a few steps in this DIY although it doesn't take that long.

For the stars:
1. Either cut out the stars using the hole punch or your stencil. The amount of stars you'll need will depend on how long your fishing line is. I cut out 50 stars to make 5 columns with 5 double sided stars on each (Note: they have to be double sided, so two star cut outs make one star on the final product). 
2. Then take to your stars with the glue stick and glitter to make them look beautiful. I used white and silver glitter on some and also left some plain white. 
3. Leave to dry.
To begin:
1. Tie the end of the fishing line to the piece of dowel. BEFORE CUTTING IT, measure the length of the fishing line so that all your stars will fit. After tying, my lengths of fishing line were 70 cm long. 
2. Repeat step 1 until desired number of columns is reached. I used 5 lengths of fishing line in total.
You have to work pretty quickly with this next part if you plan on using a hot glue gun.

To attach the stars:
1. First you have to mark out where you want your stars to sit with the marker, along the fishing line. It is all by eye so whatever looks good to you. You could make them all even or alternate the stars to give more of a falling effect. 
2. Next take one of your stars and place a small amount of glue on the back of it, place the mark on the fishing line in the glue and sandwich another star on top. 
3. Repeat step 2 until you are finished.
To hang:
1. Measure a piece of ribbon to a length and a half of your dowel (so if your dowel is 10cm long your ribbon will be 15cm long). 
2. Tie each end of the ribbon to each end of your dowel and hang on a wall.

I actually really love this DIY. It is so easy and simple but adds something very amazing to your home/room.

Stay Excited, Be Joyful and Merry Christmas.

My name is Alice,
And I have these obsessions...