Looking for something a little bit different for your Christmas decor this year? Try this brilliant Christmas macrame star, created by Isabella Strambio for Simply Christmas magazine. It’s one of the great projects you’ll find in this festive magazine special, packed with all the joy the festive season can bring! Everything has been hand-picked to inspire and help you to have a memorable Christmas, from decorating and gift-buying, to crafting, cooking and baking. We’ve picked out the five top trends for décor this year and teamed up with BBC Good Food, celebrity chefs Tom Kerridge, James Martin and Kim-Joy and more with a host of tasty and celebratory dishes for everyone. We’ve got gifts ideas covered too, with over 150 picks for what to buy friends and family this year.
And when you do get the chance for a nice cup of glögg and a sit down, read our many fascinating features – go behind the scenes at Blenheim Palace at Christmas, try our 10 ways to use flowers in your home this winter, find out why the robin is a seasonal favourite, get some tips on picking the right tree for you, have a more sustainable Christmas and enjoy Radio Times’ pick of magical festive family films. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Your BONUS GIFT this year is a 5-piece cookie cutter set for making your own Gingerbread House, complete with cute embossed details and recipe and decoration ideas inside the magazine.
Get ready for a very Merry Christmas! Check out our basic macrame knots guide if you need a step by step guide to each knot.
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You Will Need
- Copper star wreath, from Hobbycraft or craft shop
- Single twist string (47m), from Greenfibres
- Masking tape
- Measuring Tape
- Pet brush or comb
Cut 146 lengths of string, 30cm each, and one 2.5m length. One by one, tie the shorter strings onto the wreath using the lark’s head knot – fold each piece in half, place under the frame and then thread the ends through the loop.
Take your long string, leave a tail of about 8-10 cm and fix it onto a flat surface with some masking tape near the top of the star.
Use the long string as a guide and tie your 146 strings on it using the double half hitch knot, going carefully around the bends.
Trim the strings at about 8cm. Comb out the string to make a fringe and trim so the ends are even.
If the fringe is quite long, you can use spray starch to hold it in place.