I’m now at my parents’ place for the Christmas break.
For many years we’ve had a star to put on top of the Christmas tree. It was home made — from cardboard and alfoil and soft, flexible wire (for attaching it to a branch) — but after more than a quarter of a century, it is now looking rather worn.
Last year we tried buying a new star from a shop. This was a disaster, because the star turned out to be way too heavy to be supported by the flimsy uppermost branches of a pine tree, and also lacked a practical method for being attached (the metal coil underneath counts as an impractal method). I’ve never seen a star for sale in any shop, anywhere, that could actually be placed on the top of a real Christmas tree (as opposed to one of those plastic things that have never been anywhere near soil).
So this year I offered to make a new one the foil-and-cardboard way, because that works. Here are some images that show the new star in the process of construction; the first two show it from the back so that you can see the gardening wire used to attach it to a branch.
The old star was five-pointed, and can be seen on some of the photographs here. The design for the new one is my own.