I love decorating for Christmas, but I also love making and crafting which makes these accordion folded paper stars using gift wrap the best of both worlds. A homemade seasonal decoration that is simple to make, so simple that I used to make them as a child.
I grew up in a large Victorian terrace house and we used to have paper decorations everywhere. Each year we used to make more to add to them and I don’t ever remember not making these simple paper stars. Sometimes we used gift wrap as I have here, other times tissue paper and even leftover wallpaper to make them.
There really is no right or wrong size to make them, but I do have some tips and tricks that will make it easier.
How to Make Accordion Folded Paper Stars using gift wrap
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- Gift wrap, paper, wallpaper scraps or butchers paper
- Small sharp scissors
- Metal ruler
- Craft knife
- Bone folder or ruler
- Florists wire
- Tacky Glue
I love that this simple craft is something you can add to year after year, espeically if you use a glue that undoes well, although this year I have used a tacky glue and I don’t think it will separate well. Growing up my parents always secured the with paper clips.
I used what I had which was sheets of wrapping paper, so the length and height was determined by that. I find that paper that is about twice as long as wide is perfect.
It is much easier to fold the larger pieces of paper as they need fewer folds and larger folds. The more you fold it, the more points your star
Make an accordion fold from short side to short side. Here you can either fold small or large folds. It’s a matter of taste and gives different character to the stars. I start b y folding in half and then half again and so on and on, until I get one fold the size I prefer and then add to it in a concertina style.
The fun comes cutting and making the patterns within the paper stars, I like to sharpen the edges and then make small triangular cuts in each blade.
Then fold the outer 3 or blades in half and nip at the bottom.
Fasten florists wire around the center of the paper and tighten by twisting.
Then spread out and glue the edges together (I like tacky glue for this) and hold in place with paper clasps or use double-sided tape to hold them together.
Don’t remove the clips until the glue is dry.
You can punch a hole in one of the star blades and hang.
Watch out though, they are addictive and I am not on the lookout for paper to make even more and I made 14 in an afternoon!
If you like these then check out our other Christmas Crafts.