Monday, August 1, 2011

Make Hanging Christmas Stars -- Tutorial from The Magic Onions

Here is a wonderful tutorial I found on The Magic Onions that I think you will love.  These are so beautiful and easy to make.  I hope this year to make many of them to hang in the house as Christmas decorations. 
Please visit the original blog to see not only this tutorial, but also many other wonderful ideas.  Let me know if you make these and send me pictures.  My fingers are just itching to get started......

These are just so creative!  I can imagine having these stars everywhere, can't you?
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What you'll need;
Square paper or card (any size will do... if your paper is not square, cut it into a square before you start.)
Scissors
Glue (I find glue dots work the best as there's no drying time)
Ribbon

Start by folding your square paper in half, making a rectangle...
Fold this rectangle in half again, making a square...
Open your folded square up...
Now fold you big square diagonally (corner to corner), making a triangle...
Fold your big triangle in half again, along the middle, making a smaller triangle...
When you open your paper, this is what your folds look like...
Use your scissors to cut along the 4 folds on the straight sides of your paper. Cut a little less than half way up the fold...
Lie your paper flat, upside down. Fold cut paper back, along the diagonals folds (as in photo) making points at the corners of the paper.
These points will be the points of your star.
Fold all cuts into points.
Now for the gluing... put a dab of glue (or a glue dot) onto one side of each point of the star...
Pull the other side of the point over the side with the glue and stick... this makes your 3D star point.
Repeat for each point...
One side of your star is ready.
Repeat all folding, cutting and sticking steps with your second piece of square paper... you will now have the two sides of your square.
Position them, one on top of the other, with the middle points facing outwards and stick them together using a few dabs of glue or glue dots and...

Voila!
Glue your hanging ribbon onto your star.
Your star is ready for hanging!
They really do look lovely anywhere... so bright and colorful!We have some in our window, some hanging from our beams and even more decorating our cabinets.
And they really are easy to make, I promise! Once you make one and get the hang of the folding and cutting, you will be able to churn these pretty stars out in a matter of minutes. They make very sweet holiday gifts for friends and neighbors too... go on, have a go, make some stars!

Blessings and magic!
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