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DIY Little Women Inspired Star of Anise Wreath

The winter season is upon us, and what better way to infuse your home with warmth and old fashioned charm than by crafting your own star of anise wreath? This delightful DIY project not only adds a touch of natural elegance to your décor but also fills your space with the rich, spicy aroma of anise. These simple touches add a rustic and homespun feeling to any room.

Materials Needed:

  1. Craft Wire, wire Hanger, or thin grapevine wreath base: Choose a size that fits your desired dimensions for the wreath. I used craft wire for mine and you can shape this into whatever size or thickness you desire.

  2. Star anise: Purchase enough to cover the wreath base. The quantity depends on the wreath's size and your preferred density.

  3. Hot glue gun and glue sticks: Ensure a sturdy bond for attaching the star anise to the wreath.

  4. Ribbon or twine: For hanging the wreath and adding a decorative touch. My preference for this is velvet ribbon.

  5. Optional: Cinnamon sticks, dried cranberries, juniper berries, dried citrus slices, or pinecones: Enhance the wreath's visual appeal with complementary elements. It can be as plain or as ornate as you prefer.


  1. Prepare Your Workspace: Set up a clean and well-lit area for crafting. Lay out all your materials to ensure easy access. Protect your surface from potential glue remnants.

  2. Decide on your Wreath Base: These wreaths can be small ornaments, large single wreaths, layered, or singular. There are many options and varieties to experiement with. Begin to shape your craft wire until you get the shape and thickness you are looking for. I wrapped my craft wire around my circle shape to give it some added security and added bulk for attatching the star of anise to. Once you have your shape wrap your end and secure it.

  3. Attach the Star Anise: Using the hot glue gun, carefully attach each star anise to the grapevine wreath base. Begin on the outer edge and work your way around, ensuring even spacing. You can put the anise one next to another as I did, or you can space it out and make a sporadic pattern. If you can interweaving other elements like cinnamon sticks, pinecones or cranberries, you can place those in whatever pattern suits your fancy. Just be sure you have enough base and glue for those elements to stick.

  4. Secure Loose Ends: Wrap your craft wire around the end or add extra glue where needed, especially if you've incorporated additional elements.

  5. Attach a Hanging Ribbon or Twine: Flip the wreath over and securely attach a ribbon or twine to the back. This will serve as the hanger for your finished creation. I used velvet ribbon and made a bow and then attatched another piece for hanging.

  6. Let It Set: Allow the wreath to dry completely before hanging it. This ensures a strong and stable hold for all the components.

  7. Hang and Enjoy.

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