Twig Stars and Teenagers


Because teenagers, especially male teenagers, like nothing better at holiday-time than making crafts, I got them to make one more finishing touch for our tree–twig stars.

At least this involved a hot glue gun.

That’s almost like a tool.

That’s right, making twig stars is a macho craft.

Ross made a giant star.

He said his star was the biggest because he is a star.

They each hung their star on the tree. Then I said, “Let’s make popcorn ball snowmen!” And they all ran away.

P.S. You can find my post on how to make twig stars here.


  1. texwisgirl says:

    I think Ross just wanted to get his crafting assignment over with so he made one huge star instead of three little ones… Glad your kids get these times with you and each other. They’ll cherish them forever (give ’em a few years…)

  2. Lisa says:

    Your tree is Beautiful !!

  3. Deb says:

    Yeah, I can just hear him when he gets back to the Navy. “What did you do on Christmas Vacation?” “I made twig stars and paper angels with my mom”. However, I think our kids do appreciate those “homey” touches after they’ve been gone, my college son surprises me when he comes home too.

  4. Carmen C. says:

    LOL, love the stars and the sailor with the pink glue gun, tee-hee!

  5. Jenny says:

    I hope you have some power tools for those boys to work with after all this crafting. Maybe they need to go build a bonfire outside. Burning stuff and using loud, dangerous power tools might bring back some smiles!

  6. Pat in Nebraska says:

    I don’t know, Ross, the tool is pink! Let out the feminine side, eh?

  7. Angela says:

    Hey Suzanne!

    Is your tv not working? 😆 😆 😆

    Merry Christmas!
    Angela :wave:

  8. bonita says:

    I’m with Pat, Jenny, and Carmen—pink glue gun + sailor tats ≠ compute. You must be a great mom, or have magnificent powers of persuasion, or a monstrous stash of cookies!!! OH wait, you have all three!

  9. Lindsay says:

    Merry Christmas Suzanne, Morgan, Ross, Weston, 52 & Georgia! (and all barnyard animals!)

    The tree looks amazing, and your kids look so happy! Thank you for sharing your lives with us; for now I get to live out my having-a-farm fantasy vicariously through you, and I love your blog!

  10. Jan says:

    Merry Christmas to you & your family Suzanne.

  11. Dawn says:

    A pink, mini glue gun is a power tool? Who knew!

  12. Yvonne says:

    These posts of Ross, Weston & Morgan have been priceless! Thank you (and them) for letting all of your readers enjoy such special moments of your holiday!

    P.S. We need to see a picture of you and 52 under the mistle toe!

  13. Ramona says:

    I tried to find the large grapevine star in the craft stores. They didn’t have them this year. Thanks to your wonderful instructions I made a large star myself from grapevine and put it on the top of my tree. I also have several smaller ones. I also did the gingerbread people. My tree is so cute. Thanks for all your ideas. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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