Countdown to Christmas 3: Star of Wonder

This star (or snowflake) looks complicated but is really simple to put together. It takes just a few minutes, paper and a couple of tools.


What you’ll need

  • 6 pieces of paper, cut square
  • scissors
  • tape
  • stapler
  • string


1) Take one sheet of paper and fold diagonally.

2) Following the angle of the edge, cut three evenly-spaced lines from the left and three from the right to the center. Don’t cut all the way through. Unfolded, it will appear as concentric squares.

3) Starting from the center “square” curl the tips together and tape. Flip over and repeat with the next smallest square. Repeat for the remaining two squares, flipping each side.

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the remaining five pieces of paper to make the six points.

5) Line up each point with the biggest curl next to another point’s second biggest curl. In groups of three, staple the bottom of the points together. Then, join all six.

6) Staple the biggest curl to it’s adjacent second biggest curl, over where you would have taped earlier.

7) Add a string to the top and hang.

Stars can be hung in windows, on doors, off banisters or from the ceiling. You can make different sizes based on how big your cut the square pieces of paper. For the star shown at right, the squares were five and a half inches on each side, allowing two from a normal letter-sized sheet. Experiment making with seven or five points or with different colors of paper.

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