Paper Stars

I promised Dawn that I'd send her the instructions for these paper star ornaments. I figured if I was going to type it up and provide photos, I'd just post it here and maybe someone else could use it as well.

Sorry the picture quality isn't better - I was in a bit of a hurry.


  • 6x6 double-sided, patterned paper. You can use paper with a white back if you prefer; the inside/back of the star will just be white. Mine were made with 12x12" patterned paper, cut into fourths.

  • Scissors

  • Stapler

  • Gold or silver thread

  • Needle

  • Mini glue dots or adhesive

1. Score at one inch intervals (5 score lines total) across one side. You can use a scoring blade in a paper cutter or a stylus or bone folder with a ruler.

2. Accordian fold so that you have three folds on the "top" and two folds with the ends on the "bottom." The top is the side that will be the front of your star.

These are the three folds on top.

These are the two folds and the ends

3. Mark the center (3") and staple here. Don't worry about fun things like colored staples, because the staple won't show when you're done.

4. Cut from about 1/2" outside the staple down towards the opposite corner to form the tips of the stars. Because my paper was thick, the tips didn't always turn out the same length, so I made sure I went back to trim them to be even. Be sure you do this on both sides of the staple.

5. Fold in half, both ways, at the staple, just so you have a crease at the center.

6. Push your finger up into the part of the point nearest the staple.

7. Press the point down and press & crease up to at point at the staple. Repeat with all six points

8. Attach a mini glue dot in between each pair of star points (or you can use adhesive).

9. Using a needle and gold or silver thread, run it through about 1/2" from the tip of a star point and tie at the top so that you can hang your star.

If you're feeling extra sparkly, you could also add glitter (or, better yet, used glitter paper!) to your stars.

If you make any, send me pictures. I'd love to see them.


Gina said...

You make this look so easy! When things slow down on Monday, I think I'll give this a whirl with some scrap paper first. Who knows what uncrafty me might end up with!?

zakkalife said...

great tutorial, love the paper you choose for the stars

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

I bet you can do this, Gina! I believe in you. :D

Thanks, KC. I'm excited to check out all the great crafts at your place.

Thanks for dropping by.

Dawn said...

Thanks so much!!! I bought my paper today. I bought some tacky glue, but now I think I want to go get some of the glue dots (I'm so non-crafty I'm not sure I've ever heard of them before now!). I'm so glad I have some of your stars here "in person" to look at!

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

I'm sure that will help, Dawn, having the real deal in front of you - should make even more sense. If you have any questions, give me a holler. :D

Amy said...

What a GREAT project Dianne! I am definitely going to make some of these.

Dawn said...

The Christmas party is tomorrow night! I bought one of those paper cutters with the scoring blade, and some of the glue dots. Now I just need to practice and make some ahead of time...

Anonymous said...

How cool is that?!

My kids have an ornament gift exchange next week and I've been trying to come up with something relatively easy and nice looking.

This looks like a great project, thanks!

Sheri said...

Great tutorial.

Thanks for sharing.

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

Thanks for dropping by, Sheri. Also for linking to the post. :D

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