2 (or more) sheets of 12” x 12” colored or printed cardstock
String or ribbon
1.| To create the strips of paper, line a ruler against one edge of a piece of cardstock, and then trace along it with a pencil, creating a shape about 1” wide and 12” long.
2.| Use scissors (or a craft knife) to cut the strip off the paper.
3.| Repeat the first two steps on the desired colors and patterns of paper until there are 15 strips, each measuring about 1” wide by 12” long.
4.| Cut 3 of the strips in half, creating six 6” strips.
5.| Fold the 12” strips into triangles one–at-a-time by laying the ruler 4” in on one side and folding the strip over the end of the ruler. Spin the strip around and measure and fold in 4” on the other end.
6.| Use fingers to crease the folds and perfect the triangle shape; secure the open ends together with clear tape.
7.| Now, to make small triangles out of the six 6” strips, measure and fold 2” in on both sides of each strip. Crease and tape them together.
8.| Next, use double-sided tape to adhere six of the large triangles together to form a hexagon (the center of the star).
9.| Then, use double-sided tape to adhere the six smaller triangles inside the large ones as shown here.
10.| Also use double–sided tape to adhere the last six large triangles to the outside of the hexagon to create the points of the star.
11.| To hang the star, use a sharp pencil to carefully poke a small hole in the center of one point of the star, then thread one end of a length of string through the hole and tie a small knot to hold it in place.
• Use only solid-colored cardstock for a more serene version of the star.
• Hand-color or draw designs on sheets of white cardstock to use for this project.
• Double-sided scrapbooking paper is perfect for this project. Look for sheets with Hanukkah prints.
• For a “greener” version of the project, and a totally different look, use recycled cereal and food boxes instead of cardstock.
• Hang many stars on different lengths of string from the ceiling to decorate a whole wall or room.
• To make smaller versions of the star, use shorter strips of paper and then fold them in thirds to form triangles.
• Use little versions of the star as pretty additions to gift-wrapping.
• Use poster board to create giant stars.
• For a quicker project, eliminate the six smaller triangles.
• For a more advanced project, create several more consecutive sizes of triangles to add inside each large one.
• Add glue and glitter to the edges or sides of the cardstock for a sparkling star.
• Embellish the star with stickers, sequins or rhinestones.
• For even more detail, add beads or small stars to the hanging string.
• Use only white cardstock to craft snowflakes instead of stars.
• This project is a fun way to demonstrate and practice math skills such as measuring, fractions and basic geometry.
Pamela Maxwell is an artist, author and mother of two busy little boys. Her craft and scrapbooking projects have appeared in numerous books, magazines and on television programs. Photo by Pamela Maxwell.