The Christmas Star has always inspired awe and wonder. I know Astronomers have many theories as to how it naturally occurred and I am filled with joy that it was a symbol to guide the Magi to the exact location of Jesus’ birth. The Bible says the star went ahead of the Magi and stopped over the place where the child was. It reminds me of the scripture verse John 12:46, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” NIV
My paper Christmas stars don’t hold a candle to the miraculous celestial occurrence 2,000 years ago, but they are a creative expression of my faith and hope.
2020 has been a year filled with many challenges, difficulties and darkness. May these paper stars bring you light and joy as you create them with friends and family this Christmas season.
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- Card-stock (65 lb.)
- Silhouette Cameo or Cricut
- Light Grip Cutting Mat (Cricut or Silhouette)
- Craft Knife (If no cutting machine.)
- Self-healing mat (If no cutting machine.)
How To Download The Free Paper Christmas Star SVG or PDF Templates
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How To Cut Your Paper Star Templates
A PDF instruction page for cutting the star files is available in the library. Open the file and follow the instructions for downloading and cutting the star templates on either a Cricut or Silhouette machine.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, download and open the PDF star templates and print them on card-stock (65 lb.) to cut with a craft knife.
After cutting your star templates, remove the extra card-stock from around the star and place the extra four triangles aside for later. To prevent the star from tearing, lift one point of the star at a time.
Most of your cut pieces will be left behind on the mat, but there may be a few left over pieces that need to be removed once you lift the star.
Use your scraper tool to remove the left overs from the mat for disposal.
You will need to cut two copies of the star to complete the 3D shape.
How To Fold The Patterned Paper Star
Fold the eight star points outward and the eight center “V” areas inward. The score lines on the star will guide your folds and the diagrams below clearly show the process.
To begin, fold the star in half vertically and then unfold it. Next, fold it in half horizontally and unfold it. Lastly, fold it along diagonal lines, one at a time and unfold them.
Now, flip the star over so you are folding it in the opposite direction along the green lines, like in the image below. Unfolding it before starting each new fold. Again, you are following the score lines that your cutting machine already placed.
This image is the back side of one panel after it has been folded.
This is the front side of the panel, once folded.
Create The Four Connector Pieces To Attach The Front And Back Star Panels
I created these connector pieces to combine your front and back panels for a 3D effect. You can see the pre-cut dashes that represent the score lines. Fold along the four score lines. All folds are in the same direction, creating a cone-like piece.
Unfold the cone to make it flat again. Add a generous amount of adhesive to the entire inside of the cone, concentrating on the long straight side of the triangle. This is where the cone connects and closes.
The image below shows the four completed connection points for your star.
At this point, you should have two folded star panels and four connection pieces.
How To Assemble The Vellum Star Pattern Pieces
If you are making the vellum star file, the process will be slightly different. Cut the star on your cutting machine and leave it on the cutting mat. Don’t remove the extra card-stock, as it works as a shield for your adhesive overflow. Add your adhesive all along the star frame.
Now remove the extra card-stock and leave the sticky star frame on your mat.
Line up your vellum with the star frame on the mat and run your fingers around the perimeter of the star frame to connect the two pieces.
Now carefully remove the star from your cutting mat. Lift one point of the star at a time finishing with the center area. The star should now look like the image below.
Follow the same folding instructions as in the previous section to create the 3D effect for your star panel.
How To Connect Your Paper Star Panels To Form A 3D Shape
Position the front and back star panels with the inside of the stars facing each other. Next, line the top points up with each other and press them flat. Now slide the top connection point (thin connector) over the tip of the star until it is all the way down. (Note: There is adhesive on the entire inside of the connector, so you may need to hold the star panels up off of the table between your thumb and index finger and slide the connector over them. Don’t squeeze the connector or it will stick closed on itself.)
Once the connector is all the way in place on the star tip, squeeze it closed, so it sticks to the tip of the star and holds the front and back star panels together. The image shows what it should look like. Repeat this process on the bottom star point.
The left and right points of the star are slightly wider. You will use the wider connectors for these points.
Now gently squeeze the sides of the connectors and star points to pop the star back into a 3D shape. Add some string through the top of the star to hang it.
How To Add An LED Candle
If you want to add an LED candle, thread a string through the top of the light. Measure the distance from the center of your star to the bottom of the top connector. Leave that much string (doubled to form a loop) from the top of the LED candle and tie a knot. Be sure to leave 2 – 4 extra inches of string for after the knot. Slip your LED candle inside of the star and feed one end of your extra string out the top left and the other string out the top right of the star. The knot you created will stop under the top connector leaving the candle to hang down in the center of the star. Now tie a knot at the two ends to close the loop for hanging.
Different Star Designs
I made several variations of the stars to give you some inspiration and show you how to customize them. This star is made from gold card-stock and has a vellum layer under it.
This star is made from white card-stock and silver paper.
This one is white card-stock and red paper.
The vellum star works nicely with our mantel decor and is my favorite.
It’s simple and classic to go with my Christmas decorations.
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What is your favorite holiday memory, tradition or activity? For me it was opening one gift on Christmas Eve, while my mom was busy making final preparations for Christmas dinner in the kitchen. Our home was filled with warmth and the love of family (all 8 of us). Those were special times! Thanks for stopping by and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!