As malleable as clay and as expressive as watercolor, paper is a remarkable medium. Transform metallic-colored craft paper into three-dimensional star ornaments with a pair of scissors and some strategic folding techniques.
Martha Stewart Living, December 1996
Start by folding a square or rectangle of paper into accordion pleats. The number of pleats determines the number of points on the ornament: Four pleats will equal eight points, for example.
Fold the accordion of paper in half to find the center; staple it once at the center. If your ornament is too long to be stapled, you can fashion a staple out of wire; insert the wire through two small holes in the center, and twist the back.
Make cuts in the folded paper; the corners you cut off (forming the points) should be the flaps of paper, not the folds. The more cuts you make, the more intricate the design; different angles will give entirely different looks. Experiment with plain paper before working with fancier stock.
Fan the sides out so they meet, and secure on the back with small pieces of tape. Remove this tape at the end of the holiday season, so you can store these ornaments flat.