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trim the tree – paper stars

November 25, 2012

I’ve created a few new paper Christmas tree decorations this year and just now these cute and easy stars are my favorite!

These are 12-point stars, but it’s just as easy to make 10-point and 8-point stars.    To draw a 12-point star from scratch, start with a 6-point star (two triangles), then layer another 6-point star over the top at a 45-degree angle.

Step 1 – cut the star from cardboard (cereal box cardboard)


Step 2 – glue plain brown paper to the printed side of the star.  Grocery sacks are perfect.


Step 3 – Trim the paper around the star edges then apply the paint color of your choice to both sides.


Step 4 – Punch a small hole in each point.


Step 5 – cut a 72″ length of hemp, heavy embroidery thread or crochet thread and pull the strand halfway through the top hole (12 o’clock position).   Collect the bottom half of the strand in a bundle for now and begin working with the top half of the strand.  Thread it downward through the hole at the 5 o’clock point, then up through the 10 o’clock point.


Step 6- Pull the string tight after each stitch and continue moving around the star at 5-point intervals.  When you return through the 12 o’clock point you’re half finished.


Step 7 – Repeat the process using the other half of the strand.  Start by threading the end up through the 5 o’clock point, down at the 10 o’clock point and so on until you return to 12 o’clock.  Then knot the two ends at the 12 o’clock point once near the point then again 2-3 inches away to make a hanging loop.


Step 8 – Add a pretty embellishment at the bottom (six o’clock point) and admire!


I’ll be using lots of these to adorn the tops of packages or accompany greeting cards this season.

Thank you so much for dropping by ~ wishing you holiday inspiration!




sharing with fine craft guild


20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2012 6:28 am

    I can’t decide! I like ’em natural and I like ’em with glittery paint!
    I think that just means I like ’em! LOL

  2. November 27, 2012 6:49 am

    Really pretty! Thanks for sharing the whole process.

  3. November 27, 2012 11:22 am

    So simple and pretty – thanks!

  4. November 27, 2012 2:41 pm

    Very cute! Great idea!

  5. December 2, 2012 6:38 am

    love it!!! thank you for sharing!!
    xxx Alessandra

  6. Dale permalink
    October 12, 2013 6:12 pm

    I just followed the link from the Berkeley Recycle Depot to your cute star ornaments. Love them and will definitely be making some!
    I think you could save a step if you glue a sheet of paper bag onto the printed side of the cereal box cardboard *before* cutting out the shapes?
    Also, this idea could be used for weatherproof outdoor decorations by using the plastic lids from food containers, which come in various sizes and colors.

  7. Angel T permalink
    December 14, 2013 8:17 am

    I used a double layer of orange construction paper and black yarn.. It came out sooo pretty! I love mandalas, so this was perfect for me and our Charlie Brown tree…!


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