My Yule tree is decorated largely with natural objects such as shells and pinecones, and replicas of such things as moons, suns and stars.
Some of my favorite stars are rustic – made from twigs or, in this case, cinnamon sticks.
Find five cinnamon sticks that are approximately the same length and thickness. Twigs or wooden chopsticks would also work. While I used threads separated from burlap twine to bind them, yarn, ribbon, wire and hot glue will also work.
Place the pieces in the shape of a star so you can see the angle formed by each point. Begin tying the sticks together until you’ve worked your way around the star. If it is unstable, tie off where pieces cross one another.
Leaving extra string to form a loop will make it easy to hang not just on a tree, but anywhere you want a bit of nature any time of year.
They can be painted, decorated with flowers or feathers, or wrapped with yarn.
And merry meet again.