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How to Make Polish Christmas Tree Ornaments

Poland is well known for blown glass Christmas ornaments. The delicate balls and other figures have come over to America largely in part to Christopher Radko, a Polish American who crafts glass Christmas ornaments. You can create your own Polish ornaments using paper and a few other household items. These ornaments can be created in about an hour; the more you make, the less time it will take. This 112-point star will be the talk of the tree; create them for yourself or to give to friends to enjoy.

Crafting the Stars

Lay your paper on the table and draw 12 to 14 circles. You can trace around an old CD if you wish. Be sure to trace the outside as well as the inner circle. Use all the same paper for a solid color star, or use coordinating colors, such as red and green.

Cut out the circles, but leave the inner circle intact.

Fold the circle in half, then in half again, and finally in half one more time. It should look like a tiny triangular shape now. Unfold the circle completely.

Cut along the fold line from the outside of the circle to where the smaller circle in the middle is. Do not cross the inner circle line. You should now have eight separate segments attached only by the small middle circular section.

Put a dot of glue on the right corner of one segment. Place a pencil in the middle of the segment with the point facing away from the center of the circle. The point should be just at the edge of the paper.

Roll the segment of paper around the pencil and secure with the dot of glue. Take the pencil out and repeat with the next segment. Continue around the circle until all eight segments are points.

Repeat the rolling and gluing process with all of the circles you cut out.

Assembly

Thread a sequin onto the string and place it in the middle.

Thread the two ends of the string through the eye of a large craft needle. Punch the needle through the center of one of the stars and slide it down the string until it meets the sequin. Make sure that the nice side of the star is facing the sequin.

Repeat with the other stars, sliding them down until they meet the one just below. For these stars, make sure the nice side is facing up.

Thread the needle through the second sequin once you have finished with the stars. Take the needle off the thread.

Pull the two thread strands apart. This brings the sequin down closer to the stars. Tighten the thread as much as you can and tie the two ends together in a simple knot. Tie a knot at the ends of the thread to make a large loop for hanging from a tree.

About the Author

Rebekah Martin is a freelance writer and tutor. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Mississippi College. Martin teaches her young children at home and also teaches Sunday School to preschoolers.