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Twine Star Decoration

Wrap jute around a frame made from wooden shims for a Christmas decoration with a natural, rustic look. You can make this project for less than $10.

 Twine star on red front door

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Wood glue
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


  • 8-in wood shims, pack of 14, #3969
  • 2 - 1/16-in natural twisted jute, #349245

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Step 1

  Glue shims to make star frame

Lay 10 wood shims on a flat surface in a star pattern. Arrange the shims so a thin end on one shim rests on the thick end of another. At each place where the shims overlap, apply wood glue and press the shims together. Use weights, such as quart cans, to press the wood pieces together for two hours.

Step 2

 Wrap shim frame with twine

Start at one point on the star and wrap twine around the frame until you reach the opposite side. Avoid putting too much tension on the twine. Keep the twine from slipping off by dabbing hot glue on strands at the back of the star. This also helps you work in stages.

Step 3

 Attach hanging loop to star

Cut a piece of twine about 8 inches long and tie a loop in the center. On the back of the star along one of the five points near the base, glue one loose end from the loop to each shim to hang the ornament.

Step 4

  Star on a red door

Check that the loop remains hidden behind the star when you hang it.