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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Star Tree Ornament

Updated!! Easier way to put this together!!

This is my new Star Tree Ornament! I used the Specialty Designer Series Paper, Christmas Cocoa Specialty(#116770) from the 2009-2010 Holiday Mini Catalog.

You will need:
5- 4"x4" pices of designer double sided paper
mini glue dots, sticky strip or tombow adhesive
paper snips
1 brad with crop-o-dile or way to set it and string to hang up

Here is how to make it:

Cut a 4"x4" paper out of designer series paper.(Mine is out of plain white paper so you can see the folds and cuts easier)

Fold it in half diagonally.

Then fold it in half again
You will cut into the side that has the red arrow in the picture above.
I cut in 3 times about 3/8" apart each time. If you want your star to have more loops you can make more cuts. You are going to cut into the folded side.
After you make your cuts open it up to see your square, the cuts should look like this.

Next you will start attaching the cuts. You will need a good glue or tape. Snail adhesive works OK but since the papers are going to stay in tension I would recommend the red sticky strip tape, glue dots, or tombow adhesive.

You will put the adhesive where the letters are in the picture on only one side, either lower left or upper right. Then adhere to the other side with the same letter making a loop.
A1 will attach to A1, and A2 to A2 on one side.
B1 will attach to B1 and B2 to B2 on the other side. Refer to the photos below.

This is what you need to do to all five pieces. If you have double sided paper try to make the loops of the same sizes showing the same sides for all 5.
That way when you put it all together it has more of a pinwheel look.

Once they are all together you will fold the ends where they will attach to each other. I have the fold mark drawn with a dashed black line to show. Fold all five in the same direction.

You will then put glue or a glue dot on one side of the triangle folded piece and stick it to the next one that looks the same. You will continue until all five are glued together to make the star. Remember to put all of the loops going in the same direction.

Notice in the photo below that that are all joined in the center.

Then all you have to do is put a brad in the top of one of the pieces and thread a string or ribbon through to hang it on your tree!

Try this same project with Printed Window Sheets for a great new look! You can find them in the 2009-2010 Holiday Mini Catalog on page 27(#116805). You will have to cut one at a time with a template because they are plastic.
Follow the directions above to make a template our of cardstock and use it as a guide to cut through the window sheets.


Gotadeagua said...

i'll try to do it! i think it's a nice star tree :)


Glad to see the tutorial helped you. Hugs Monica xx

Jennifer Jackson said...

This is really cool! I love your blog and can't wait to try some of your projects out for myself!

Jan said...

omigosh, this beautiful ornament is mind-boggling!!! I love what you did with it and thanks so very much for the photo tutorial directions! Not sure that I will ever tackle this project but at least I would know favorite is definitely the window pane sheets with stars!

I found your blog from the "blog of the day" post. Jan Hoyt

Anonymous said...

We make these snowflakes out of regular white paper every year in my classroom. Never thought of making them with DSP. They look awesome. Love them out of the window sheet paper too. Thanks for spreading such a great looking project around the web. Love It!

Dini said...

This is lovely... i taught this to my cousins too.... they also made these :)

Cheryl said...

We made these for the last couple of years in just plain white paper with our 4th graders. They try to make them smaller and smaller but any size is really beautiful. I never thought of using DSP but they look wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial. I can never remember how to make them nad have to play with it every year.

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