3D Paper Star Ornament With Template

Paper star ornament

The Spruce / Kate Pullen

Overview
  • Working Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 60 mins
  • Yield: 1 paper star ornament
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $5

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Bone folder or empty ballpoint pen
  • Glue or double-sided tape

Materials

  • Downloadable template
  • 5 sheets thick paper or lightweight cardstock
  • Rubber stamps and inks to decorate the paper (optional)

Instructions

Make this three-dimensional paper star using a downloadable template. Each point of the star is made separately, and when the points are joined, the star has a three-dimensional (3D) form and looks the same from both sides.

You can decorate the flat paper pieces with rubber stamps or add glitter and other decorative touches to the completed star. While the steps are simple and straightforward, it's a good idea to practice making one or two stars using scrap paper before using good paper.

  1. Print the Star Template

    Open a full-size version of the template. Download it onto your computer, then print it out full-size on five sheets of paper. Each shape on the star template forms one point of the star. You will need five points to make the star in this project.

  2. Decorate, Cut, and Score the Points

    Stamp and decorate the star points as desired. This is easiest to do while the paper is still flat and you haven't yet assembled the star. Allow the paper to dry fully after stamping and decorating before you begin folding it. You can add more decoration after the star is assembled, especially glitter or puffy elements that may fall off while you are folding.

    Cut out the five shapes along the solid cutting lines (not the dotted lines), using scissors.

    Score along the dotted fold lines, using a bone folder and a ruler. If you don't have a bone folder, you can use an empty ​ballpoint pen.

    Cut and Score
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  3. Fold the Star Points

    Fold along all of dotted the lines on each point piece. Form each point of the star by applying glue or double-sided tape along the long tab and adhering it to the mating edge. Let the glue dry. Repeat until all five points are formed.

    Fold Points
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  4. Begin the Star Assembly

    Start the assembly with two points: Apply glue or double-sided tape along one of the inverted "V" edges of the open part of the point and attach this to the next point as shown. The glued tab fits under the edge of the mating point. Repeat the same process to add three more points.

    Start to Assemble the Star
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  5. Attach the Final Point

    Attach the fifth point to complete the star after applying glue to the fourth point and the fifth point. This can be a little difficult to do, so it's best to attach one side of the fifth point before attaching the remaining side. Let the glue dry.

    Attach the Remaining Point
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  6. Finish the Star

    Decorate and display the completed star, as desired. Here are a few ideas:

    • Dot or trail some glitter glue up the sides of each star point to add a touch of sparkle.
    • Make multiple stars and join them with string to make swag or garland
    • Create colorful stars using different paper for each point.  
    Finished Star
    The Spruce / Kate Pullen