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Holiday Craft: Wrapping Paper Stars

Wrapping Paper Stars

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

These stellar but surprisingly easy party decorations (they come together with just a few cuts and twists) are made from all those odds and ends of holiday wrap you'd otherwise toss in the trash. Hang one or dozens to brighten up the house come party time.


  • Heavy wrapping paper or origami paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Hole Punch


1. Cut eight 5- by 5-inch squares from heavy wrapping paper (you can also use precut origami paper).

2. For each square: fold in half to form a triangle, pretty side out; fold in half again.

Wrapping Paper Stars - Step 3

3. With scissors, cut into the first fold (now folded in half) about 3/4 inch down from the top, stopping about 1/4 inch from the end. Make a similar cut about 3/4 inch down from the first, as shown.

Wrapping Paper Stars - Step 4

4. Open the square completely, plain side up, and bring up the 2 inside points to form a roll. Tape the points together with double-sided tape.

Wrapping Paper Stars - Step 5

5. Flip the square over and tape together the middle points. Flip the square over again and tape the outer points.

Wrapping Paper Stars - Step 6

6. Tape each of the 8 sections together, middle ring of one to outer ring of the next, to form a chain; tape the first and last sections together to form the star.

7. To secure the star, tape the tips together in the center. Punch a hole at the top of one of the points and pass a string through to hang.