Cut + fold paper stars

This post is sponsored by The Loctite Repair Network

I love these stars. I wanted to do a cut-and-fold version of origami lucky stars. You can make them in different sizes and you can hang them on yours Christmas tree or make a garland from them. I also saw some similar stars being used as gift boxes.

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

They look great alongside all the other paper decorations I’ve been making lately.

Paper stars // MiniEco

If you fancy having a go you will find the templates and instructions at the foot of the post as usual.

Paper stars // MiniEco

I hope all your Christmas plans are coming along well. I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas (I start to panic when I think of all the things that need to be done in the next week).

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

Paper stars // MiniEco

YOU WILL NEED:
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+ Good quality A4 paper (in whatever colours you fancy)
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Loctite All Purpose Adhesive 20ml
+ Thread
+ Sticky tape

Paper stars // MiniEco

HOW TO
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1. Print out the templates (see section below). There is a large medium and small version. (Make sure you set your printing preferences to ‘photo’ or ‘text and image’). Cut around the outside of the template using a pair of scissors.

2. If you want to incorporate your stars into a string of LED lights then you will need to punch a hole in the star at this stage. If you want to hang them on your tree then attach a loop of cotton instead. If you just want to thread your stars onto some string then you can do that after making the stars so skip this stage entirely!

3. Now, score along all the lines using a ruler and pointy object (such as compass or needle).

4 & 5. Fold along each of the lines you have just scored.

6. Apply a small amount of Loctite All Purpose Adhesive to on of the tabs and stick together.

Handy hint: You can also use Loctite Power Easy as an alternative to the All Purpose glue. It is a Super Glue, so works quicker and is stronger but doesn’t stick for around 30 seconds, which gives you some time for re-positioning. It is also a gel formula, so won’t soak through your paper.

7. Continue for the remaining three tabs.

8. Job done – Yay!

TEMPLATES
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Small paper star (measures approximately 4.5cm in diameter)
Medium paper star (measures approximately 6.5cm in diameter)
Large paper star (measures approximately 8.5cm in diameter)

paper-craft kit // pastel & neon decorations

Hello lovely people! I have been putting together a paper-craft kit which is now for sale on ETSY…yay! The kit costs only £6.00 (approx. $9.60 USD) and makes 8 decorations which you can hang up.

The idea came about because I have always struggled to buy kits I actually like. And also because I hate having to buy a whole pack of paper when I only need a few sheets for a particular project.

I’m really hoping that this is the start of a range of craft kits that will be available through my shop…let’s see how it goes! (I actually feel quite nervous about pressing the ‘publish’ button on this post!).

paper-craft kit // pastel & neon decorations

OVERVIEW:
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MAKES: 8 decorations (+ additional model which you can practice on)
DIMENSION: Approx 5cm³ – 6cm³ (depending on model)
MAKE TIME: Approx 2.5 – 4 hours

paper-craft kit // pastel & neon decorations

paper-craft kit // pastel & neon decorations

KIT INCLUDES
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+ Materials to make 8 hanging decorations (+ materials to make an additional ‘practise’ decoration)
+ 9 sheets of pre-printed card (colour: pastel blue)
+ 9 pieces of pre-printed neon paper (colour: yellow, green, pink & orange)
+ 9 lengths of ‘DMC Light Effects’ neon embroidery thread. Each length is 15cm long (colour: yellow, green, pink & orange)
+ Full printed instructions

YOU WILL NEED:
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Scissors or craft knife
Ruler
Cutting mat
Needle (for scoring)
Double sided sticky tape (recommended)
Glue-stick or white glue

paper-craft kit // pastel & neon decorations

If you have any comments or ideas do leave a message ^_^

paper-craft kit // pastel & neon decorations

By the way the font in the top image is called Knewave and it’s free! Go to theleagueofmoveabletype.com. (Love every last font on that site!)

paper-craft kit // pastel & neon decorations