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A Guide To Making 3D Cardboard Stars

Christmas Dec 5, 2022

I’m happy to say that thanks to this project, your recycling bin might go hungry this Christmas!

Christmas is my favourite time of the year and the absolute best time to make something. This project is simple but an old favourite – cardboard stars to adorn the front door. I realised I had not done a recent rundown of this, and the last time I shared something similar was like 6years ago so I thought you might want an updated tutorial!


Materials You’ll Need

  • Cardboard (keep your boxes!)
  • Star Template (I usually just print mine out)
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Paint

How to make cardboard christmas stars


I start off by printing out a star shape from the internet to use as my template. If I want it to be bigger I’ll print out two half stars and tape them together. Once I have my template, I lay it down on a piece of cardboard and trace it out using a marker.


After that I simply cut out the star shape with a pair of scissors.


I have found the best way to get a clean fold is to score the underside with a pair of scissors. I do this by lining up my ruler from the tip of one point and then running a pair of closed scissors along it. This will score the cardboard but not cut it completely which will allow for a clean fold. Make five score lines starting from the tip of each point.


Next, I fold along these score lines to give the star a 3D effect. Fold the lines that are in the center of the points outwards, and fold the lines either side of this line inwards. To keep the stars shape, you may want to add some tape on the underside to hold it together.


After this I use tape to help the star keep its structure. Once the star is finished I like to paint them using a mix of Gyprock plaster and paint.

This is one of my favourite projects to make around the holidays, it’s just so easy but looks so good!

Here are a few more Christmas projects you could try this year.

Christmas Wreaths Using Cardboard

Wooden Christmas Village

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