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How to make DIY Paper Stars

by | Dec 18, 2020 | DIY, Interior Design, Lifestyle, Seasonal

This is a very easy DIY project to create paper stars that you can use to decorate at Christmas or any time of the year and for very little effort the results are impressive.

You can use them to decorate your Christmas tree, your staircase or to decorate you wrapped presents.

It is environmentally friendly as you are just using paper so they are recyclable when you are finished with them. For other sustainable ways to enjoy Christmas you can read my blog post. I plan to store them carefully and reuse them every year.

DIY Paper stars , wallpaper, string and scissors

What you will need

You can make the stars as big or as small as you like. You can cut patterns into them or leave them plain depending on what you want to do with them. Just make sure you have a strong scissors to cut through the layers of paper.

What you will need:

  • Paper (wallpaper, craft paper, wrapping paper, newspaper)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/pencil (or you can wing it)
  • String
  • Glue

Cut out your paper

Lay out your paper and cut a piece about twice as long as it is wide. Around 30cm by 15cm works well for a medium sized star.

paper, pencil and ruler to draw out your paper stars

Fold the paper into a fan

Fold the paper over to make a fan. You can make the folds as thick as you like but 1.5 – 2cm is a good size.

folding the paper to make a fan

Keep folding it over and back until you have made your fan.

folded fan for paper stars

Tie the fan in the middle

When you have finished and you have folded all the paper pinch the middle of the fan.

Folded paper for paper stars

Tie string around the middle, maybe two or three times around and knot it at the back.

Folded paper and tied in the middle with string

Cut the edges of your fan

Cut the edges so that the star will have pointy edges. This is where having a sharp scissors comes in useful.

Cut the ends of the folded paper for the paper stars

Cut both edges so that they are matching.

Paper cut on both edges

Glue the fan together on both sides

Glue one side of the fan and stick the other side to it.

glue on one edge

Hold the sides together until the glue has stuck.

Two sides of paper stars are glued together

Do the same on the other side. You can stick the string along the middle of paper so that it sits out at the top of the star.

Glue the other edge with the string on it

Now you have a beautiful paper star to hang

DIY Christmas paper star
Lots of paper stars on the table

Other options for the DIY Paper Stars

If you want to make patterns in your stars you can cut out shapes on both sides of the string before you glue it together.

Cut out shapes to add patterns on you paper star

Depending on what you make the DIY paper stars out of they are lightweight enough to hang from lights or around a mirror.

paper stars around mirror in kitchen
paper stars and wooden beaded garlands hanging on a staircase
paper stars hanging from banisters
Christmas table with paper stars hanging from lights

I hope you enjoy making these stars. Be sure to comment below and share this with anyone you think might find it useful.

For other crafting projects check out these blog posts:

pinterest pin for paper stars
pinterest pin for paper stars made in Canva
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