Student's weave a "basket mat" using a total of 10 pre-cut rough black ash splints. The square mat then has a woven boarder around its edges to keep the woven splints from shifting. A weaver is added diagonally across the square mat to create a decorative cross. The wooden "fringe" of the mat is then marked with a pencil and cut to resemble the shape of a star. This is where the name comes from - "it is a star made from a tree".
Different natural materials gathered from the woods, swamps, and fields of New Hampshire are included in the tree star kits for decoration. These materials include: “cattails" which are added as streamers to the bottom of the tree star, wooden sapling beads and shapely pieces of birch bark.
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