The straw ornament (made from recycled plastic purse 'straw') turned out well. It's style is...shall we say...rustic.
I had trouble getting the arms of the star to be the same length. For the next star, I'll try using a ruler. I won't be too accurate, because these should look handmade, and I think that a little imperfection looks attractive. But, some basic guidance would help. On this star, I had to add dots at the top and bottom of the central vertical arm to lengthen it to match the horizontal arm.
I've also been thinking of how to finish these ornaments. They look adorable on the front, but unless they're hung against a wall, we'll be able to see the messy backs! Wish me luck :)