27.7.15

Folded Star Tutorial

Folded Star Decoration 
         Hi friends sharing a super simple yet glamorous paper decoration tutorial .Had made these folded paper stars as part of my daughter's Frozen theme birthday party decorations [ you can read about it by clicking the link]
DIY Frozen party Decorations
We had a blue- white color theme and so made white stars with blue  foam star tips and  snowflake centers 
Folded Star Decoration
Since I used white ivory card stock to make the body of the paper stars added a bit of glamour using glitter foam snowflakes and stars
Paper Star Decoration
Paper Star tutorial 
I made these Paper stars initially by following a tutorial by Alix but though it is a super simple project I did run into a few hiccups hence sharing a detailed tutorial with tips.

Materials Required

  • Thick Card Stock- For Indian readers I recommend Ivory Card stock available in Stationary shops otherwise you can use the  thickest card stock you get. Good quality double sided pattern paper would look especially cool.Avoid thin paper as it will make your stars floppy!
  • Adhesive : Double sided Tacky tape [Read more here: 12 Tacky Tape projects]makes your job quicker otherwise use regular white glue [ Fevicol MR]
  • Stapler- drastically cuts down your time!
  • Paper Cutter- If you have a guillotine cutter [read more here : Paper Cutting Tools] making a large number of paper stars is quick and easy!
Folded Star Tutorial 
Cut card stock into 10 x 1 inch , 8 x 1 inch and 6 x 1 inch strips.

Folded Star Tutorial 
 Fold all the paper strips in half
Folded Star Tutorial 
 Line up the ends of the paper strips- it is important to line them up perfectly to get a perfect star at the end!
Folded Star Tutorial 
 Glue or staple the ends together
Folded Star Tutorial 
 Staple the other end of the folded strips
Folded Star Tutorial 
You have made one unit of your folded star. You need to make 7 or more such units. I found that stars made of 7 or 8 units looks the best.
Folded Star Tutorial 
So to make one folded star you need to cut 7  each of 10, 8 and 6 inch wide strips and staple them together.
Folded Star Tutorial 
Once you have made 7 folded units, apply double sided  tape or white glue to the outer side of the unit and stick to another unit as shown
Folded Star Tutorial 
If you are using white glue give enough time for the glue to dry. I found tacky tape the easiest and fastest adhesive option in this step. You can also use a stapler but it can be tricky to staple through several layers of thick card stock!
Folded Star Tutorial 
Keep on sticking more folded units
Folded Star Tutorial 
If you wish to add a ribbon you can add it to the adhesive strip before sticking together your 1st and 7th folded unit!
Folded Star Tutorial 
And here is how the folded star looks --super easy to make but a word of warning its not for little hands as my daughter [ she is 9 yrs] declared it was tricky to align the paper strips properly!
Folded Star Tutorial 
Since these stars are dimensional I added punched out glitter foam stars and die cut snowflakes to both sides of the folded star.
Folded Star Decoration
The blue one you see below was made from thinner chart paper and did not turn out as sturdy or as beautiful as the others when hung!
Folded Star Decoration
I hope this easy star tutorial will come in handy for making easy party decorations or Christmas decorations.
Folded Star Decoration

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