Today, I'm sharing how to make 3D paper stars. Have you ever wondered how to make a 3D star from paper? You might also know these stars as 3D origami paper stars. Papers stars are simple to make DIY Christmas decorations. You can make paper stars in different sizes and hang them on the tree, in the window or tuck them in amongst your Christmas décor on a shelf.
I'm sure you've seen paper stars in every shape and form all over Pinterest and Instagram. If you're searching for DIY Christmas decorations, you're bound to have come across beautiful homes filled with 3D paper stars.
Why make DIY 3D paper stars?
Why not just buy them? I hear you say. Well, for one thing, have you seen the price of shop-bought 3D paper stars? Let's face it - paper stars are created out of a piece of PAPER! Paper stars are also very simple to make! You could have stacks of paper star Christmas decorations made in just one evening.
Paper stars for every season
Another reason to learn how to make DIY 3D paper stars is, that once you know how to make them, you can make them again, for every season. Paper stars are not just for Christmas! You could make some with pretty scrapbook paper for birthdays, summer garden parties or any celebration.
Are origami paper stars hard to make?
You might think origami paper stars are hard to make. However, you'd be wrong, the 3D paper stars I'm sharing today are simple to make.
Once you've gone through this step-by-step paper star tutorial, you'll get hooked on making paper star decorations to hang up all over your home. Don't say I didn't warn you!
More DIY Christmas ornaments
If you like these 3D paper stars you may also like these DIY Christmas ornaments:
You'll find inks to the corresponding YouTube videos in each post.
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- Why make DIY 3D paper stars?
- Are origami paper stars hard to make?
- More DIY Christmas ornaments
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- How do you make a 3D eight pointed star?
- Instructions for adding a hanger
- Completing your 3D star
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How do you make a 3D eight pointed star?
The 3D paper stars we are making today are also known as eight-point stars. Below, you will find the supplies needed to make them.
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- Craft paper or card in a selection of colours
- Mini hot glue gun
- Glue sticks for mini hot glue gun
- Twine or ribbon for hanging
- Paper creaser
Step one: To make these DIY 3D paper stars, you need to start by cutting out two squares of paper or card stock. The craft paper I'm using is 21cm/8inches square.
I am giving you instructions for folding one piece of paper that will make up one side of the 3D star. Repeat these steps to make the second side of the star.
Step two: Fold the paper in half and make a crease (If you have a ruler with a rounded creasing edge you can use that to make the crease nice and sharp).
Step three: Fold the paper in half again and make another crease.
Step four: Open up the paper then, fold it diagonally and make a crease.
Step five: Turn the paper and make another fold on the opposite diagonal.
Open up the paper and lay it flat.
Step six: On each of the four crease lines running through the centre of the paper (in a cross shape), make a cut with scissors halfway to the centre of the square.
Step seven: take each of the cut sides of the paper and fold them into the middle towards each other forming a triangle. Make the creases sharp with a paper creaser. Repeat around all four squares within the larger square.
Photo eight: This shows how the star should look after folding.
Step nine: Add some hot glue to one side of one of the triangle shapes. Fold the second triangle over the top of the first triangle and press down for a few seconds until the glue has set. Repeat with the three remaining triangles.
Step ten: Once all four triangles are glued together, you have the first side of your 3D star. Repeat the above process to make the second side of the star.
Instructions for adding a hanger
If you are going to be hanging your 3D stars, you will need to make a hanger. I used brown string for my hangers although, you could also use a transparent nylon fishing line if you don't want the hangers to be visible.
Step eleven: To make the hangers, add two small dabs of glue to one of the star points and press the string into it. Hold down the string with your hands for a few seconds until the glue has set.
Completing your 3D star
Step twelve: To complete your 3D star, add some glue to the innermost part of the star points and gently press the second star down onto the glue. Wait for a few seconds until the glue on the stars has set.
You now have a DIY 3D Star!
Repeat as many times as you like. Make paper stars in many different sizes by making the paper square larger or smaller.
I hope you enjoyed my step-by-step tutorial showing you how to make a 3D paper star.
Watch it on YouTube
If you'd like to watch the video showing how I made this 3D paper star you can see it on YouTube here:
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