Monday, December 03, 2012

Starz...

 It's time to be making paper stars again.  This is a re-run of an old post, but with some updated photos.  This is a fun project to do with kids and the results are very impressive.

What you will need:

Star pattern
Card stock
pencil
scissors
exacto-knife or sharp knife
adhesive spray
clear crystal glitter

What to do:

You will want to begin this project by finding a good five-point star pattern to print and trace. I found three sizes here and a large star template here.  Just print stars onto card stock and cut them out or you can cut them out and trace several on a sheet of card stock.

Lay your star onto a cutting board. Take a heavy ruler and lay it across the star at each point and angle. Gently score with an exacto-knife or sharp paring knife, making nice, straight lines through the middle each time. Next, you will gently fold the star on each line and then lay it on the table to squinch up the star so that each point is folded upward and each angle is folded downward. You'll see what I mean when you start to play with your stars.


Now the fun begins! Take your folded stars, newspaper, adhesive spray, and glitter and go to the garage. The smell of the spray is a little strong so you want to do this in a well-ventilated area. Spray a light coat of adhesive onto each star and quickly sprinkle clear crystal glitter over each one. Shake them off and turn them over onto a dry sheet of newspaper to glitter the backside if you want to. Allow your stars to dry indoors especially if it's cold in the garage. Pour your excess glitter back into the bottle.

You can set up your stars on a mantel, shelf, or hang them by punching one tip of your star with a needle and thread. Hang in windows at varying lengths for a pretty effect. I have also hung stars on the Christmas tree. I think they'd be cute on a gift or tucked into a wreath. These are every bit as attractive as the tin stars that I have seen in gift shops.


I made a new tree topper today out of pages from an old hymnal and then glued a glitter star into the middle.  I was inspired by Dawn at 4:53.   I'm happy!  You too?

24 comments:

  1. Found your blog via the A Pause in Advent list. I love this idea and am going to be making some of these to hang in a window as you suggest. Thank you for the inspiration. Love your Christmas creche pics too interspersed with the lines from the carol. E x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Thomasina. I love stars and paper snowflakes hanging in windows. Enjoy.

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  2. I love, love, love your tree topper. So creative, and one I haven't seen before. Thanks for a great tutorial.

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    1. I was inspired by Dawn's star tree topper and just kinda winged it for my own. Thanks for your topper-love!

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  3. Gorgeous! Pages from a hymnal: BEST!
    Stars. I'm going to talk about stars today at school and see what the students think.
    I love you, Jody-friend!

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  4. Very cool, Gumbo, and the kids will have fun doing it.

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    1. It's a great craft for the kids.

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  5. Oooh, I remember these -- thanks for the great reminder Jody. I LOVE that tree topper!

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  6. You're all so wonderful! Thanks for your encouraging comments.

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    1. Your tree topper inspired mine! Thanks, Dawn, for always inspiring me.

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  8. Love the stars and the topper!

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  9. Love the stars! I'm a big star girl, so I may be filling my house up with these. Thanks, J!

    xofrances

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    1. I'm glad you like these. I do too.

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  10. Ditto LHH - because I already had on my shopping list to get some of these materials at the craft store in an effort to make glitter houses this month. The stars would be much easier and I could start with them and use them all over the house because I need some more decorations! Thanks, Jody!

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    1. These are easy to make and add a lot of "pretty" for very little time and $$. Have fun.

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  11. This looks like a wonderful craft -- simple and elegant. Thank you :)

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    1. Lynn, I'm glad you like it and I hope you'll try. Lotta bang for the buck (so to speak).

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  12. Very pretty!!!! I like your starz topper a lot. Isn't glitter the best? I've added glitter to a few things just because I like it so much, especially that sparkly clearish kind.

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    1. Yes, I like that clear glitter a lot.

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  13. Posted a photo of our star inspired by your star today!

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