Saturday, 6 October 2012

Christmas Paper Star Tutorial


Christmas at Chez Anne has begun!  I have started gathering supplies to make some Christmas Decorations and I am posting my very first ever tutorial with this gorgeous paper star.  I've seen plenty of these but they look too intricate and complicated to have a go at making.  However, I am suffering with a frozen shoulder at the moment but my creative juices are going wild so I decided to have a bash and see how tricky it is.  Well, the good news is that not only is it the most simple thing in the world to make, it's also very, very quick!.  Here's my tutorial - hope you like it.

Begin by cutting 6 squares of paper all the same size.  It doesn't matter what the size they are, that's up to you.  I used 8 x 8 for my test star.  I also used cheap printer paper to make the one above, just in case it didn't work - I didn't want to waste any of my designer papers!!  Fold the square diagonally, and then fold again like this:
 
Next make cuts on both sides, up to the centre but not touching the centre crease, like this:
 
You can make as many cuts as you like - here I made 6 cuts on each side but in the main photo, I only made 5 cuts on each side.
 
Open up the square, and taking the smallest cuts at the centre, using a good tacky glue join the edges together as such:
 
Flip it over and do the same with the next smallest cuts like this:




Repeat the process, flipping and sticking:

Very quickly you will end up with something like this, once all the edges have been joined:


Repeat another 5 times until you have 6 points.  Begin assembling your star by laying them side by side and glueing the edges together in the centre and at the bottom like this:
 


And there you have it, a beautiful, effective hanging decoration in next to no time.  My first attempt took less than 45 minutes.  Try it using different numbers of cuts and papers and square sizes.  By the way, the 8 x 8 one that I made is absolutely HUGE when fully assembled.  Having accomplished my paper star, I tried a smaller one using these Papermania Christmas papers in 6 x 6:
Hope you find this useful.   Please leave me your link if you make one, I'd love to see them!  Thanks for stopping by!  xxx

5 comments:

  1. Oh dear, frozen shoulder huh? My hubby has that. Have you had a steroid injection for it hun, works wonders for a few months at a time. xx
    Loving the new star dec. might have to get the kids on that one! xx

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  2. Gorgeous hun will have a go sorry to hear about your shoulder I am suffering with a severe lower back pain and it radiates to my legs so stuck indoors for now so may have a go at this xxx Hugs Pascale

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  3. So beautiful Anne.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  4. Anne, this is GORGEOUS!! I've seen these before but never had any idea how to make them. Thank you!!!

    I wanted to stop by and thank you too for becoming a follower and joining in on my birthday giveaway! Yay! When I got here, I saw so many beautiful creations, I just had to become a follower of yours too!

    Amy E.
    scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

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  5. Love it
    worked wonders..thank you sooo much for this

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