I have always been afraid to let my kids use glitter in their crafts. A tube of glitter in one of their hands would certainly turn our house into something fit for a unicorn. I just couldn’t emotionally handle that kind of mess.
But what about Christmas crafts? What kind of bland Christmas decorations don’t have sparkles? I’m in such a holiday mood I finally caved. I bought us a tube of glitter.
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The Star of Bethlehem
One of the most magical parts of the Christmas nativity story is the giant star that appeared in the sky. There’s something about the night sky that inspires awe and wonder in our hearts like nothing else does. I still remember the first time I saw a comet and the first time I saw the Milky Way. I cannot think of a better way to announce the birth of Jesus than a big, beautiful star.
Matthew 2:1-2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (ESV)
Wood Slice Star Ornaments
I put together these simple wood slice star ornaments to go along with Day 11 of our Bible study, “12 Days of Christmas Story Stones.” The Bible study uses story stones to follow the nativity story. Grab a copy on Amazon and follow along with us and other families in the Faithful Families Facebook group.
My two year old had a blast making these star ornaments with me. Naturally she went a little overboard with the glitter, but it was no disaster. You can watch us make them in the video on our Facebook Page>>
What You’ll Need:
- Blank, pre-drilled wood slices
- Black flat acrylic paint
- School glue
- Paper plates
- A paint brush
I found my wood slices on Amazon and I love them. They have several different sizes and the quality is excellent. You can find them here (affiliate):
- Paint the wood slices with black acrylic paint. I prefer flat acrylic paint because it soaks into the wood like stain and reveals the wood grain. The easiest way to paint the wood slices is to paint a circle around the edge and then fill in the center. Let them dry.
- Using school glue, draw a star on the ornament. Try to use very little glue, making thin lines.
- Sprinkle glitter onto the wet glue, covering the star. Pour off the excess glitter. Do this on a paper plate for easy clean up.
- Thread the ornament with ribbon and hang it on your tree!
I’m so glad I bought a pack of 50 wood slice ornaments. I can’t wait to cover my tree with these beauties. I love filling our home with beautiful reminders of our Savior, the light of the world.
John 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (ESV)