How to make a paper star

Follow our step-by-step guide to making a beautiful paper star for Christmas

These paper stars are easy to make and ideal decorations for Christmas parties. For more

You will need

  • Lightweight white paper card
  • Giftwrap in your chosen designs (our are from Paperchase)
  • Glue
  • Sewing thead

Begin with a square of paper or lightweight card and start folding. Michael A Hill

Step 1) Cut a square of lightweight card to your chosen size and fold in half. Lightly mark each corner with the letters as shown in the first illustration.

Step 2) Bring corner C over so that it sits a third of the way down from the top of the A/D edge (see illustration). Make a crisp fold.

Step 3) Fold corner D upwards and make a crisp fold that joins points C and F.

Carefully unfold to reveal your 3D five-point star. Michael A Hill

Step 4) Bring point E over to point C so that it covers the flap D and make a fold – G .

Step 5) Use scissors to make a cut from fold G over to the point E/C, keeping the cut edge and the trimmed G fold the same length. Keep the star (the lower section) and throw away the top half.

Step 6) Open out the paper card star shape.

Step 7) Flatten out the star and use it as a template to cut a second star in giftwrap paper. Set aside the giftwrap star for now.

Step 8) Carefully use a metal ruler and the blade of a pair of scissors to score all the folds on the star. You want the star to have a 3D appearance so score the five folds that run from the points of the star to the centre one way and the five shorter folds the other.

Step 9) Cover the front of the paper card star with glue and carefully position the giftwrap star on top, matching edges all round and smoothing out the giftwrap from the centre out to the points to avoid wrinkles or air bubbles. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Step 10) Use your fingers to carefully press all 10 folds again. Use a needle and thread to hang the stars at a window.

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