Three-dimensional stars are a striking decor element for most any occasion! Birthday parties, holidays, baby showers, or just to liven up your kids’ rooms. Choose your color palette according to season and festivity! These stars make full use of Cardstock Warehouse’s Pearlescent line: Stardream Collection, and would no doubt also look amazing in Mirror and Sparkle cardstock.
- FREE Download: 3D Star .pdf
- I used Stardream Lagoon, Gold and Lapis Lazuli in my example, but use whatever color suits your fancy! Each 8.5"x11" sheet will make one 3-dimensional star.
- Paper cutting blade such as an X-Acto Knife (I use blade #11)
- Glue Dot Glue Lines*
- Scoring tool (I use a butter knife, non-cutting edge)
- Ruler and cutting mat
- 10” length of string for each star that you make (or choose a length suited to your needs)
*Trimmed Glue Dots may also be used, though Lines are better suited for this project. Double-sided tape is NOT strong enough. Glue such as Zig glue pen or Glue gun will work but is messier.
Consider your printer capabilities - my laserjet does not like 105# heavyweight Stardream paper, but my inkjet handles it just fine. A lighter weight cardstock such as 80# will also work just fine for this project.
Download the “3D Star” printable above and print on your paper of choice. You may want to do a practice run first, with less fancy cardstock before using specialty cardstock. Allow ink to dry.
Cut out your five shapes following the solid lines, using a ruler and blade.
Using your scoring tool, score along the printed dotted lines. Make sure your score lines go through to the corners.
Fold the five cutouts along the scored lines. The printed dot lines will be hidden inside the 3D star, so be sure to make your folds so that they enclose the printed lines.
Fold the string in half and tie a knot in the end.
Place glue lines along the long flap of one cut out.
Fold cut out in half so that it forms a kite shape, make sure the flap with adhesive is tucked in, and press together.
Make 4 more kite shape in the same manner as above, minus the string.
Press the kite shapes along the long edge, and flatten so that they are now arrow shapes. Do this with all five shapes.
Place glue dot strips along 2 short flaps.
Line up two arrow shapes and adhere pair of flaps of the first arrow to those of the second arrow. Once attached, the two cutouts should look like this.
Continue to place glue lines along the short flaps so that all 5 cutouts are attached together.
Holding the two outermost points, gently fan out the star. Add a final set of glue lines to the exposed flaps to close the hole.
Create as many stars as you like! To take this project steps further, cut out decorative holes in your star pieces, or perhaps use stamps to print a pattern on your start pieces before scoring.
Have fun with this very versatile star!
Have fun star-making and Happy Spring! - Jen (GinkgoMaker)