It’s time to put up the tree and make DIY Christmas decorations! Here’s a simple origami star tutorial for the whole family that you can whip up using paper scraps or last year’s Christmas gift wrap.
Easy to make and beautifully festive, these stars were designed for you by PaperShaker in celebration of their Christmas site mypaperwish.co.uk, inviting you to submit your Christmas wish and hopefully it’ll be granted by the PaperShaker team! Three winners will be announced in the lead-up to Christmas. So top up the mulled wine (warm milk for little ones – yay, more for us!) and get started on your origami stars. Don’t forget to make a wish…
You will need:
Christmassy paper cut into 21cm squares
Scissors or craft knife
Ribbon or twine
Top tip: Make squares out of your paper selections by folding diagonally in half and cutting away the surplus.
Fold each sheet of paper in half, then rotate 90 degrees and repeat the fold. Rotate the paper 45 degrees and fold the points together (your paper should look like a triangle, with the point up). Repeat again, so you have made a total of four creases on your paper square.
Using your ruler, measure out 4cm and make a mark with your pencil to create a boundary line up to which you will stop cutting on the four flat sides of your paper.
Cut with the scissors or craft knife up to this point on each crease.
Fold the paper on each side of the incision towards the corner forming a point. Repeat for the remaining corners. Your star is starting to take shape.
Apply glue to one side of the point and fold the other side over it. Press to stick together. Repeat for the other three points. Set it aside to dry.
Repeat the 5 steps to duplicate the star for double the impact and create your 3D 8-pointed star!
Glue together and attach some twine or ribbon to the top with glue or sticky tape and hang along your mantelpiece, tree or wall. Add some fairy lights for extra Christmas magic!
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