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Project

Astronomical Accent

We used two 20-inch square papers to create a dramatic large star, but you can choose squares of any size to create smaller stars.

Materials

  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • 2 large pieces of watercolor paper
  • Bone folder
  • Kraft paper
  • Spray adhesive
  • Silver fine glitter
  • Silver glass glitter (optional)
  • Spray sealant, such as Rust-Oleum Gloss Clear spray
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Star support template

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Measure and cut the watercolor paper to make two 20-inch squares. Use a bone folder to fold 1 square as shown in this diagram; in the last step, measure four inches up from center and mark a line to each corner and cut along that line. Unfold shape; it will be a star. Repeat to create a second star.

  2. Step 2

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    Protect your work surface with kraft paper. Coat each star with spray adhesive, then replace kraft paper with a fresh sheet. Apply a coating of fine glitter; if desired, respray, and add a topping of glass glitter (changing kraft paper again) for added texture and sparkle.

  3. Step 3

    Spray each star with sealant. Let dry. Print templates for supports. Trace onto watercolor paper, and cut out; hot-glue supports into place as shown on the diagram on the template printout.

  4. Step 4

    Position 1 star on top of the other to create an 8-point star.

Reviews (4)

  • 23 Nov, 2013

    It's geometry. Not that hard to figure out... Fold your square corner to corner to make a triangle. From the bottom middle of your triangle, measure up 4 inches (if you're using that 20" piece of paper, otherwise adjust accordingly based on size). Draw your lines from that point out to the base corners and cut along the lines. Unfold paper...follow rest of the directions.

  • 9 Nov, 2013

    The link in Step 1 doesn't seem to be active, so no way of know how to fold and cut the star. It's a shame as I'd like to try this for Christmas.

  • 7 Dec, 2011

    I have to tell you, I made this and I'm so proud of how it looks (I just used 2 12x12 silver glitter scrapbook sheets, no measuring, perfect squares!) that I show it to everyone who walks into my house! I love all types of paper stars. Many years ago, Martha had a five pointed modular star in her magazine. I wish I could find those directions.

  • 27 Nov, 2011

    Wanted to try this but the link in the first step doesn't seem to be active. Also the directions for adding the supports don't seem to make sense.