07 December 2010

Paper Star Tutorial

When I saw Basic Grey's adorable Eskimo Kisses line, I couldn't resist making a holiday decoration that I could enjoy all season! Using just a few simple supplies, these stars are a cinch to whip up, and look really cute whether hanging from a window or resting on the mantle!
Materials: Patterned paper (I used 6x6 sheets), wet adhesive (like Zip-dry), ruler or straight edge, bone folder, your computer and printer, an embellishment for the center (I used the BG brads, but these would look cute too), and thread (optional).Step 1: Copy the above image and print it onto the back of your patterned paper. I resized it to fit the 6x6 paper, but you can experiment to make your stars either bigger or smaller. Mine came out about 10 inches across. For each star you'll need 6 of these templates printed out.

Step 2: Cut out the template--using my guillotine trimmer, I was able to cut 3 at a time.
Step 3: Score the template using a ruler and your bone folder. I did two at a time, making sure all the edges stayed aligned. Note that I made the little cut between the two angled flaps, as shown in the picture above, using my scissors and not the trimmer.
Then fold along the score lines, again using the bone folder for crisp folds.
Step 4: Apply the wet adhesive to the patterned side of the longer flap, and glue it to the opposite edge, holding in place with your fingers for a few seconds to assure everything stays lined up. Let this point dry while you score, fold and glue your next point.

Step 5: The above picture shows the two smaller flaps, which you'll use to glue one point to the next. I assembled all of my points first before gluing them together, or you may want to build the star as you go.
Here are all of the points ready to be glued together...
Apply your glue to both of the smaller flaps, then tuck these under the edges of the next point and hold in place for a few seconds
Here you can see where the two points are glued together...
Another view.
Step 6: Apply the glue to add the third point.
Before adding the third point, I added a loop of thread to hang the star from, making sure that when I adhered this point to the others, the thread remained on the outside (see below).

Step 7: Before gluing your star together completely, add the brad to the center.
Note: Other directions call for just five points, but this is what I got when only using five--I couldn't close the gap! So I highly recommend going with six, unless you want this wide opening to add a light inside.

Thanks for stopping by--if you decide to give them a shot, be sure to link up your pics so I can see! Let me know if you've got any questions!


12 comments:

heather said...

fantastic project Judean. Thanks so much for the template!

rachaelwood said...

ohhhhhhhh, i could so do these! tfs!

MandyKay said...

those are awesome! i love how they look hanging together!!

Jamie Dougherty (jaylynn) said...

I love these!!! I am so going to make some for my tree this year TFS!!!! Congrats on the babies :)

piradee talvanna said...

wow.. starring in awe!!
love this but not sure where to start lol

Krystina said...

This is awesome!

Cassie said...

I love me some stars!!!
This is such a great project...thanks for the tutorial sista!
=)

Judy Bagwell said...

Oh my stars!! These are awesome. Thanks for the tutorial!! Putting these on my list of things to make...one day. :-)

trish.chamberlain said...

These STARS rock! This is going on my list to make one day too!

kim c said...

dude...excellent tutorial. great photos and instructions, very much appreciated. rock stah.

Tam said...

these are saweet! great tut, thanks for sharing!!!!

patti west said...

very beautiful paper stars & thank you for the tutorial! :)