A Very Merry Christmas

You know how sometimes absolutely delightful things happen that you had no idea were about to happen? Well that happened a couple of days ago. Someone showed me how to make a Christmas star decoration from scratch and I just couldn’t wait to try it for myself. So I thought I would share the happiness around 🙂

What you’ll need: 6 sheets of A4 paper, scissors, glue stick, stapler, punch, ribbon or thread.

Step 1: Start with cutting away a square from each A4 paper. You should have 6 square sheets now.

Step 1: Cut a square
Cut a square

Step 2: Then, fold each square diagonally in half and then another half. You should have 6 small triangles now

Fold once to form a large triangle
Fold once to form a large triangle
Fold again to form a small triangle
Fold again to form a small triangle

Step 3: On one triangle, draw a line parallel to the folded edge. The line should be 2 cm away from the edge

Line parallel to the inner edge
Line parallel to the inner edge

Step 4: Next, draw 3 lines at 2 cm width apart that are parallel to the open end of the triangle. These lines should end at the earlier line parallel to the folded edge.

3 lines parallel to the outer edge
3 lines parallel to the outer edge

Step 5: Cut along the length of each of the 3 lines and stop at where they meet the line parallel to the folded edge. Repeat this for all 6 triangles

Cut along the lines
Cut along the lines

Step 6: Now comes the jaw dropping part. Open out the triangles so that they are back to squares. Lift up the centre flaps and curve them to meet in the centre. Use glue or stapler to secure them there.

Open back to square
Open back to square
Fold innermost flap
Fold innermost flap

Step 7: Turn the paper over and repeat the same action for the next flaps but on the other side. Repeat it for all four flaps. What you have now is one complete petal of the star

Turn and fold next second flap
Turn and fold next second flap
Turn and fold third flap
Turn and fold third flap
Turn and fold fourth flap
Turn and fold fourth flap

Step 8: Do this for all the six squares of paper

All 6 petals
All 6 petals

Step 9: Collect the ends of all six and staple them where they meet. It may be difficult to hold all 6 together, so staple together 3 at a time and then staple the 2 sets together. Lastly staple all the petals to each other at their middles to complete the star

Attach 3 together
Attach 3 together
Attach the 2 sets together
Attach the 2 sets together
Attach in the middle
Attach in the middle

Step 10: Punch a hole at the end of one of the petals to pass a ribbon or string through and then hang up your very own handmade Christmas star!

Hang it up!
Hang up you handmade Christmas star!
And another one!
And another one!
And yet another one!
And yet another one!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Cheers!

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