How to make a D.I.Y. star tree

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How to make a D.I.Y. star tree

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Create an alternative to the traditional Christmas wreath with your very own star tree. All you need are some basic D.I.Y. materials and tools.

Tools and materials

Batteries for lights (check the packet)

2.5mm Blue Dowell Balsa Wood x4

3m / 10ft Tape Measure

12 Piece Carpenters Pencil With Sharpener

500mm Hand Saw

75m Jute Twine

Warm White Battery Operated Bud Lights - 100 Pack

Heavy Duty Stubby Scissors

Tools laid out on table

Forget the traditional wreath, this year we’re all about a star tree! This easy D.I.Y. project is the perfect way to bring some festive cheer to your home and can be hung on a stair rail, on the front door, on your mantle or even act as a sustainable alternative to a Christmas tree.


With the addition of fairy lights, it can become a sparkling centrepiece, or simply brighten up any room for the month of December.


All you’ll need to build this star tree is some balsa wood, a few D.I.Y. tools and fairy lights.

1. Measure your dowel

The first thing to do is measure the dowel with the tape measure and mark halfway with a pencil.

Hand marking timber

2. Cut the wood

Using the handsaw, cut the lengths of dowel in half, keeping five pieces and discarding one. You could also use sticks from your garden if you can find them!

Saw cutting wood

3. Create the star

The next step is to arrange your star into your desired position. Arrange the pieces on a flat surface, positioning and layering them into a five-pointed star shape.

Hand picking up wooden pieces.

4. Tie each join

Once you’ve created the frame, cut a length of twine using the scissors and tie it around one join of the star. Repeat this until all the outer joins are tied. Once a knot is tied on each join, snip any excess twine off the end.

In the middle of the star, there will a number of sticks crossed over. Secure them in place with a piece of twine and a knot at each point. Once you’ve tied the knot, snip the ends of the twine to keep it neat.

String tying around wooden star

5. Wrap the fairy lights

You should now have a star frame secured with twine at all the joins, so it’s time to get decorating! Start by wrapping the fairy lights tightly against the sticks, covering every part of the frame. You can either stop there, or continue with other decorations, such as ribbon, tinsel or greenery. This will also make it easier to cover the battery pack from the fairy lights.

Lights draped around wooden star

6. Put in place

If you’re using your new star as a tree, place it in your desired spot and then get decorating! Surround with presents, tinsel or other ornaments to create a truly festive feel.

At the end of the season, you can re-purpose your star as a wall hanging it’s a great option for the kids’ walls as the fairy lights can also act as a night light.

Make your own

Take a look at our range of dowel and fairy lights to make your own star tree. 

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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