Origami Type Craft: Show Your Kids How to Make a Christmas Star From Paper

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I know what you’re thinking, here’s just another Christmas craft, but it’s really not! This activity can be done all year round. With a few simple steps, you will have a three-dimensional star that your kiddos can decorate as they see fit! This decorative craft doesn’t require many materials, you can use what you have at home to color in or paint your star. A nice easy craft that doesn’t require much preparation and clean-up! All the better for you! Christmas star-making can be great if you are in the holiday spirit, but can also work for any random craft day.

We’ll show you how to make Christmas stars! It truly isn’t too hard. If you’re a beginner when it comes to the craft department, follow our step-by-step process for your own ease. Start by going around the house and collecting craft supplies to decorate with!

how to make a paper Christmas star

If you would like to make it even easier on yourself, you can also download a printable template! Here are our Christmas decoration templates. Just click the link, and print it out onto cardstock for a sturdier result. You can pick up cardstock at any Staples or stationery store near you.

There are many Christmas star decorations to make, we’ll show you the basics to get started! Remember you can follow our pattern and then decorate at your own will. Go bananas!

Now that you’ve finally come to terms with the fact that homemade decorations are way better than buying! Here’s how to make a paper Christmas star!

What you will need

Christmas star decorations to make
  • Printable template (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Crafts to decorate (markers, paint, glue, sparkles, etc.)
  • String (yarn or twine will do)
  • Tape (glue will also work if you don’t have any around the house)
  • Cardstock

How to make your paper star

  1. Begin by printing out your templates onto cardstock, light cardboard, or regular paper if you don’t have one. If you’re out of luck and don’t have any of these at home, you can print them onto regular paper and then trace them onto cardboard. Make sure that whatever you put into your printer fits!
  2. If you’re skipping the template step, make sure you have an eight-pointed star, a seven-pointed star, and a five-pointed star.
  3. Now it’s time to cut out your different stars. I like to cut around the star leaving a big border. That way I can decorate like crazy all I want, and then trim the excess paper when I’m done.
  4. Next is decorating time! You can go all out and paint your stars if you like, or if you’re not into a big clean up today, go ahead and use pencil crayons or markers. My favorite is to use Elmer’s glue in funky designs and then sprinkle sparkles on top. Use whichever decorating process you like, and wait until dry.
  5. Now, once your stars have dried, cut off any excess paper for a beautiful finished result. Make sure you also cut a slit into each one of the stars as well.
  6. Next, put your stars together by fitting them together with the slits
  7. Attach your yarn or twine onto the back of the star with regular tape, or a hot glue gun if you don’t have it around the house.
  8. For a more permanent look on your tree, you can add beads to the yarn.
  9. Place beads onto your string, tie a knot when you’ve finished to ensure they don’t fall off. Bring the tail of your string to the back of your star and secure it in place with tape. This will make a loop, for dangling on your Christmas tree.
Christmas decoration templates

There are so many simple Christmas decorations to make, and they are so much more authentic than the ones you can buy in the store. Use what you have around the house this year instead of buying more and more! Have fun getting creative with the materials you use, and of course please reuse and recycle when you can. Whether you’re decorating at Christmas or just doing a rainy day craft, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty to get creative!

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