Polish Star

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This traditional Polish decoration -- also known as a porcupine ball for its spikiness -- adds a sparkling touch to trees and presents.

What you'll need

  • Ruler or compass
  • Scissors
  • Thin cardboard
  • Foil paper
  • Glue stick
  • Heavy thread and needle

How to make it

  1. Polish Star

    Cut out a 4-inch cardboard circle. Using the cardboard as a template, trace and cut out 14 foil-paper circles. Fold one circle in half, in half again and in half once more. Unfold the circle and place it on a stack of as many circles as you can cut through. Cut along the fold lines, stopping about 1/2 inch from the center. Repeat until all the circles are cut.

  2. Form the eight segments of each circle into points by wrapping each one around the sharpened end of a pencil, as shown, and securing it with a dab of glue.

  3. Thread a needle with an 18-inch length of thread, and knot one end. Insert it through the centers of the circles -- from the foil side of the first seven and the wrong side of the rest. Gently pull on the thread, bunching the circles into a ball. Tie a knot, then form a hanging loop from the extra thread.

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