3D Paper Star

Turn any paper star into a three-dimensional one with just a few folds. Create several of these 3D stars to use as Christmas ornaments, 4th of July decorations, or accents for wreaths, mobiles, garlands, and other craft projects.
3D paper star craft

Materials

  • Paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Scotch tape
  • White glue
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Scoring tool (e.g. blunt plastic knife,
    spent ballpoint pen)

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.

Steps

Step 1a 3D Paper Star craft 1.

Make a paper star.

Make a symmetrical 5-pointed star following either of these methods:

a.) Fold-and-cut star - with a few folds and a cut, you can quickly create a star out of paper. See our Folding Paper Stars for craft instructions.
Step 1b 3D Paper Star craft   b.) Printable template - print out any of these 3D star templates on A4 or US Letter size paper or card stock. Cut out the stars. Trim off the five tabs on each star unless you want to make a double-sided or back-to-back 3D star.
Step 1c 3D Paper Star craft   For a double-sided star, you need to keep the tabs on so that the pair of stars can be glued together.

*When printing on patterned cardstock, make sure to print on the blank side of the paper.
Step 2a 3D Paper Star craft Ask for an adult's help.2.

Score along the lines.

This step is only necessary if you printed out the stars on cardstock or thick paper. Scoring along the lines makes folding a lot easier. Find a scoring tool such as a blunt plastic knife or a spent ballpoint pen. Place the edge of a ruler on one line. With the ruler to guide the tool, score along the entire line. Remember not to score too hard as this may tear the paper. Score all the five lines on the star.
Step 2b 3D Paper Star craft Score along the tabs as well.
Step 3a 3D Paper Star craft 3.

Fold along the lines.

Position the star template with the printed side up. Fold the star in half along one line. Crease firmly.
Step 3b 3D Paper Star craft   Instead of lines, your fold-and-cut star has creases to guide you in folding. Fold the star in half following one crease.
Step 3c 3D Paper Star craft   Continue folding the star in half at each point until you get five creases.
Step 4 3D Paper Star craft 4.

Fold the tabs.

For a double-sided 3D star, fold in all five tabs.
Step 5a 3D Paper Star craft 5.

Pinch the arms together.

To turn the star into a 3D shape, the arms need to be pinched together by pairs. To illustrate this process more clearly, we've labeled each arm with the letters A to E.

Pinch arms A and B. Bring them towards each other.
Step 5b 3D Paper Star craft While holding arms A and B together, crease firmly. This emphasizes the outward crease on each arm and creates the inward crease in between the arms.
Step 5c 3D Paper Star craft Release to see the 3D or puffed-up effect. Repeat the process with arms B and C, C and D, D and E, E and A.
Step 6 3D Paper Star craft 6.

Attach a string.

Tape a string at the back to complete your 3D paper star. Hang it up as a Christmas ornament or use it to decorate wreaths, picture frames, hats, costumes, and other craft projects.

If you wish to make a double-sided or back-to-back 3D star, continue with the next step.
Step 7a 3D Paper Star craft 7.

Glue a pair of 3D stars together.

To make a double-sided star, make sure that you've made a pair of identical 3D stars following the steps above. One star should have a string taped at the back.

Put glue on one tab on each star. Position the pair of stars back-to-back so that the tabs on each star will get tucked under the other star's tabless edge.
Step 7b 3D Paper Star craft Place the tab with glue under the opposite star's tabless edge. Press on the seams for at least 30 seconds to allow the glue to set.

Glue the tabs by pairs until you've sealed all the seams. We find it more manageable and less messy to work on the tabs by pairs compared to putting glue on all the tabs all at once.
Step 7c 3D Paper Star craft Double-sided 3D stars make great holiday ornaments and are perfect for use in three-dimensional craft projects such as wands, mobiles, and garlands.

More Ideas

Gold and silver 3D paper stars Paint your 3D paper stars with gold or silver to make them into Christmas star ornaments. You can paint the entire star or just paint streaks so that the original color shows through.

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