Tutorial: Super Simple Paper Stars

Paper Stars
It’s Black Friday and time for my annual tradition: to stay home all day and avoid the stores.
After cleaning up the dishes from yesterday’s feast, here’s something simple to make in order to add a festive decoration to highlight the season. Who doesn’t like an easy to make paper star? As with all simple crafts, they usually look great in a cluster and this star is perfect for hanging with others of different sizes and colors. You likely have the material at home if you use recycled paper. And kids love to do them without much adult help. Here’s how to make your own:

Paper Stars Material

Materials:

- origami paper or other square paper (mine was approx. 6″)
- pencil
- scissors
- glue
- string to hang hem

How to:

Just follow the directions in the picture tutorial below.

Paper Stars 1
Turn the paper over and fold as in the picture below.
Paper Stars 2

Paper Stars 3

Paper Stars 4a
Mark with a pencil a little less from the border to the middle. Do it on all four sides.

Paper Star  5
Cut with scissors from the edge to your pencil mark on all four sides.
Paper Stars 6

Paper Stars 7
Glue every other side on the folded flaps.

Paper Stars 8
Pull the unglued side over the glued side.
Paper Stars 9

One side is ready, but you need one more to complete the star.
Repeat previous steps to make another star.

Paper Stars 10

Paper Stars 11
Glue as shown.

Paper Stars 12
The glue is missing in this image, but this is the way to attach the 2 stars together.

Paper Stars 13

And this is how it looks, when it’s complete. Isn’t that easy?
I like mine so much that I actually haven’t taken them down from last year. If you use cheerful paper, they look good all year round.

Variations:

Make stars of different colors and sizes. Cut one sheet of origami paper in four squares and make 2 small stars.
Make an enormous star as a focal point from just white paper.
Use printed paper from magazines or newspapers.
Make a star mobile using small stars, twigs and thread.
Use paint or glitter glue.

Enjoy and explore.

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  1. Amanda says:

    Thank you! What a wonderful idea! Lots of love, Amanda xxx

  2. Mary H says:

    I love this idea, and I have lots of origami paper on hand. Thanks!

  3. kampinga says:

    Great – I think I know what we'll be doing tomorrow morning! Thank you, for such a lovely tutorial.

    Jannette.

  4. Jille says:

    Thank you for sharing! This looks lovely and so easy!
    Jille x

  5. Singoalla says:

    Thank you very much !! I will try that tomorrow with my girls to get in an advent feeling.

    Greetings from Spain!!!

  6. Helmi says:

    I love the origami stars, thanks for the tutorial.
    Have a nice weekend.
    grt, Helmi

  7. Ruth says:

    Thank you for reminding me of those. I made them as a teenager of gold paper for the Christmas tree, and had forgotten all about them.

  8. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [27 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  9. deanna7trees says:

    thank you. i made one from newspaper. i double layered it since newspaper is so thin. it's already hanging under the mantle and i love it.

  10. Rowena says:

    These are wonderful. thanks.

  11. Katie Bee says:

    beautiful! definitely making this when I get home and get a hold of my scrapbook paper. I think I'll make them in a few different sizes and hang them in a window.

  12. Angel says:

    Wonderful! Easy to follow too- thanks for your simple inspiration, I really appreciate it. Hope your holiday weekend is spent creating lots of great things!

  13. Jaxx says:

    Great fun…but you forgot to say how addictive making these lovely creations is. Jackie

  14. O Arrow says:

    So awesome! I will definitely make some!

  15. Annette says:

    love it. will do.

  16. boatx2 says:

    super. easy!

    EVERY single person I know is getting one of these tied with tender loving care to their Christmas present. They have no choice. I have an obligation to give people awesome things.

    Thanks, Kathrin!

  17. Absolutely white says:

    This is just superb tutorial! I made couple of wonderful stars with different sizes yesterday…and today I am doing some more.

  18. Leve Hjem says:

    What a great idea to give for christmas present, made with love. You have a beautiful blog. I have just startet my own blog about interior, this was really a blog to look into. Thank you: )

  19. Shelley Noble says:

    Who are you?! All these marvelous ideas and recipes and things full of meaning!? Just terrific!

  20. Linda Thiltgen says:

    Thank you. I look forward to making some stars to hang from a branch in my living room during the holidays. Love the stars and the heart garland is fabulous. Thank you for sharing!

  21. marysworkshop says:

    Thank you for sharing such a simple and lovely way to make stars. You have so many great ideas and are always generous about sharing them!

  22. Hobibox says:

    Süpppperrr…

  23. Eva's House says:

    Love it!! I'll try it :)

  24. veryberryhandmade says:

    Fabulous – we are definitely going to try these. I've featured your excellent tutorial on my blog today.

  25. Susana Tavares says:

    Hi !
    I love your idea is wonderful!!!!
    I have make my own stars and share on my blog :)
    I hope you like it!

  26. Staci says:

    Clever, Clever, Clever!

  27. Eva says:

    Thank you, and very very nice. :)
    I made three. There are pictures on my blog, with a link to your tutorial.

  28. stephanie says:

    I made some with pictures on my blog and a link back here. I also thought of stacking the individual sides to make a tree. I took pictures of that as well.

  29. Emma says:

    I really love these stars. I made little ones and sewed them onto hair clips and a pin, so now I can take them with me everywhere. Thank you for sharing!

  30. Jutta says:

    Thank you for this great tutorial! I might have to give it a try!

  31. Barbapires says:

    Hello Anne!
    I loved the step by step this star …
    genial, was time I needed to do one and I could not do, and put on the blog. ok?
    Hugs dear … Fatima Helena – Brazil.

  32. upa says:

    That´s a good idea!

  33. Dymphie says:

    thanks! i'm linking back in tomorrow's post at deze is ook leuk
    kind regards, Dymphie

  34. Anonymous says:

    hört sich gut an, ich war auf der suche nach guten ideen für weihnachten und da habe ich sie hier gefunden, 1000 dank!

  35. Isabel Freire says:

    Hello! I love the star, and it so easy to make. Thanks for sharing with us.

  36. Adam Russell Stephens says:

    Making them for the Teen Room at my job (the public library)! Was really cool, and super easy! Even for a non-crafty guy like myself. Thanks loads for the tutorial!

  37. Gözlem Ulrich says:

    so nice!! i want also try :) thanks for sharing!!

  38. Tricia M. Ward says:

    This is lovely! The stars are very pretty, and your tutorial is perfect: crisp, clear pictures and straightforward instructions. Thank you for posting it!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Ive already made some as a trial run and am thinking about making some as decorations for the entry way at my wedding! They're perfect :)

  40. Nancy Ward says:

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog.

    Nancy Ward
    PaperFriendly
    http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

  41. Nancy Ward says:

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial yesterday on my blog.

    Nancy Ward
    PaperFriendly
    http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

  42. Carolyn says:

    The stars look fantastic.

  43. Christine @ Pure Joy Events says:

    Love this tutorial. Link it up to our Party Tutorial Contest for a chance to win some fabulous prizes: http://www.purejoyeventsblog.com/2011/09/party-tutorial-contest-3.html

  44. Kyra says:

    I made them and now they are hanging in our nursery! Thank you for sharing these!

  45. Handmade and Heritage says:

    I used your tutorial to create my xmas wreath blogged here… http://fraggierocks.blogspot.com/2011/10/christmas-star-wreath.html

    I spotted your lovely tutorial over at http://www.crafteroo.co.uk in a post from last year. x

  46. Andreja says:

    Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

  47. BITOKA RUBRA ARTES says:

    ADOREI..PARABÉNS…OBRIGADA..BEIJOS.ETÉLIA.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Supre cute – thanks for posting! I've made a couple, but I'm having trouble getting the glue to stick the 2 halves together. Any tips or tricks for that part? Thanks!

  49. Nathaly says:

    J'adore!! I like que de patience !!! bravo!!

  50. Cajsas Faster says:

    They look great!!
    I´ll try to do some this weekend:)

    Marie (Sweden)

  51. guild-rez says:

    Thank you for the stars!!
    Just great!!
    - Cheers Gisela.

  52. Jessica B says:

    Thank You So Much For Posting This…
    This Is An Awesome Idea…

    Jessica (Las Vegas)

  53. Susan in SC says:

    Thank you! I love this!!!

  54. Theresa says:

    Thank you! the kids and i will love doing this together! t.xoxo

  55. FCIVANO says:

    I just made them to decorate the door of my apartment!

  56. CaRrOt says:

    funny, i don't remember using scissors when gluing? but then i haven't been to kindergarten in decades. ;)

    thanks for reminding me to make 'em more 3-d!

  57. Larissa says:

    Wow, I love these. Simple but pretty! Thanks so much! I'm planning to make a few with my girls when we do some snowflakes.

  58. Melissa Aellos says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! Here's my attempt, and a shout out to you!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/melissaellos/6467716501/in/photostream/

  59. allison funkhouser says:

    Thank you so much for this idea. I used your directions and led a craft at our church Christmas Tea. I used last years Christmas season bulletins..They are so beautiful! Stain glass, candles, and the globe. Thank you again for the great idea and instructions!

  60. Christine says:

    I found your tutorial on Pinterest and I think these are just adorable. I’m having a problem with getting the two pieces to stick together. What am I doing wrong?

  61. kathrin says:

    It’s a bit tricky to stick them together, but using a lot of glue and pressing the two parts together usually make the star stick! When nothing else helps, tape is a last resort. ;o)

  62. Liz says:

    So cool! I’ve never seen this done before and have always admired the (expensive) store bought version. Using your instructions, I just made the most gorgeous decorations using scrapbooking cardstock pre-cut in 12 x 12 inch squares (purchased from TJ Maxx for a steal)…. wish I had gotten around to this sooner but oh well, like you said, if the paper is not holiday specific, these lovely stars can stick around a while.
    Thank you for sharing this brilliant idea and for the easy-to-follow instructions.

  63. Mally says:

    I’ll make these from old sheet music for my daughter’s studio———-hang them with fishing wire, from an old branch, or whatever she chooses. The stars are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  64. Whatsername says:

    Super cool ~ really well presented ~ I feel like I can (and will) make these w/ no problems or confusion at all. Thanks very much for taking the time to share!

  65. dawn says:

    I printed out music notes and text based on our church music dept. on to plain white paper. used that to make a wreath for our music director for christmas

  66. iyana says:

    Gracias por el tutorial,hice la estrella y me quedo´muy bonita!!!

  67. Jane says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I made some for my daughter’s fourth birthday decorations. http://buzzmills.typepad.com/blog/2012/02/a-fancy-fancy-nancy-party.html.
    And I agree they are so pretty … We will likely keep ours up for a looooong time!! I love stars!

  68. Ursula Wheeler says:

    wonderful easy instructions and a great finished product

  69. Keren Moura says:

    Hello! Those stars are just beautiful! And just as you said “they look good all year round” :)

    I made a version of your tutorial in portuguese on my blog… you can check it out on http://www.amorascrafts.blogspot.com.br/2012/04/mais-penduricalhos.html.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  70. Rhonda says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!!
    I’m gonna running out this evening to pick up graduation scrapbook paper and the school colors to make these for my son’s graduation open house! These will be perfect!!!

  71. nee says:

    I could see doing these with old sheet music, kids’ artwork, brightly colored catalogue pages…..fun!!

  72. Anelise says:

    very very nice!!!! thanks for sharing!!!!

  73. Anelise says:

    wow!!!! very very cute nice!!! thks

  74. Robin Plante says:

    I just love these!!!! I plan on making several and hanging them in my son’s room. What a great idea!!!

  75. KC says:

    Just found your post via another blogger Bird and Little Bird. Thank for this tutorial. It is so easy to understand. I can’t wait to make stars for our holiday decorations!

  76. Sandhya says:

    The instructions were very clear and i made it with ease. This Christmas my school will be glowing with these stars, thank you.

  77. Anne-Sophie says:

    J’adore ! merci pour les explications :-)

  78. J.A says:

    Thanks for sharing this idea. Simple yet useful especially for the kids to learn in making paper stars.

  79. Crea says:

    I absolutely love your idea and your website.I am in 5 th grade and my mother loves them!

    From
    Crea in the UK

  80. Tiffany Spicer says:

    I am now gonna be running to Hobby Lobby for some paper!! Thanks for this craft idea!! Me and my kids will definitely make them!! :-)

  81. sharon mcparks says:

    is it possible to use tape instead? will it be as neat if i do?

  82. Kendra says:

    Great tutorial, thanks! Here are mine: http://craftingknowledge.blogspot.com/2012/12/star-challenge-day-three-hanging-eight.html, part of an advent challenge of all paper stars.

  83. Heidi says:

    Great tutorial! My daughters and I made these yesterday – they turned out so lovely! I posted pics and a link to your blog today. Thank you for the tutorial!

  84. Amy says:

    Soooo excited to try this! We will decorate the kitchen for Christmas! Thank you so much for the tutorial:-)

  85. We have a link to this page on our site. We just spent the whole day making them in different sizes and with different papers. They are hanging all over the house. Thanks. Great project.

  86. bob says:

    i smell like poo

  87. Amy says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. My daughter and enjoyed adding these to our Christmas ornament collection. Super easy too, my daughter is eight and had no problem making them.

  88. Jane Louis says:

    Brilliant! Thank you so much xxxxx

  89. Petriina says:

    Thanks for the simple instructions ! I’m going to try to make some stars, maybe today.

  90. momai says:

    thank you for the wonderful idea..keep it coming!

  91. Anca says:

    Thank you very much. It looks great! Best wishes :)

  92. e says:

    Wahooooooo Merci !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Happy New year ;D

  93. Niza Brindavan says:

    Thank you very much ,really it’s simple & super paper stars,ur way of Tutorial was very nice and easy 4 everyone,thanks .

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