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Easy Christmas Crafts: Folded Paper Squares Star


Some pretty paper cut into squares and folded just so become fun Folded Paper Squares Star decorations by adding some glue and a piece of yarn or ribbon. Fun and easy instructions included below.

First, let's look at some examples. The first one is a yellow 5-point star made with yellow 20-pound paper.

Folded Paper Squares Star yellow 5 point on display

The next one is a 6-point star made with blue 20-pound paper.

Folded Paper Squares Star blue 6 point on display

The third one is another 6-point made with silver wrapping paper decorated with snowflakes.

Folded Paper Squares Star silver 6-point on display

Easy Christmas Crafts: Folded Paper Squares Star Materials and Tools:

  • Decorative paper, but not heavy card stock
  • Scrap paper to make a template (I used poster board)
  • Yarn
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper clip or other pointed object
  • Scissors 

Note: a rotary cutter, self-healing mat and clear cutting ruler work too, and you won't need to make the template.

Folded Paper Squares Star materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Christmas Crafts: Folded Paper Squares Star:

The squares can be any size, they just all need to be the same size within one star.

I chose to make the stars using a 2-inch square template.

The finished stars were roughly 3 inches across.

Using a ruler and pencil, draw a 2-inch square and cut it out for the template.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 1 make template

Cut the number of squares for the star based on the number of points you want the star to have.

A 5-point star uses five squares, a 6-point star six squares and so on.

I like a 5-point star, so I cut five 2-inch squares from the decorative paper.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 2 cut squares

Begin folding the squares.

First, fold the square on the diagonal.

For this example, I'm using single sided decorative paper to make the folding process easier to see.

The inside of the folded diagonal will be the face of the star.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 3 fold square on the diagonal

Next, fold the square in half.

The face side that was inside the diagonal should be on the outside of the half-folded square. 

Folded Paper Squares Star step 4 fold square in half

Now, fold the square in half again perpendicular to the previous half fold with the face side of the paper on the outside. 

Folded Paper Squares Star step 5 fold opposite half

Using the folded lines in the square, fold the shape into a small square. 

Folded Paper Squares Star step 5 fold into small square

Here are the four folding steps for each square, left to right:

  • diagonally with face inside
  • in half vertically with the face on the outside
  • in half horizontally with the face on the outside
  • finally into a small square with the face on the outside. 

Folded Paper Squares Star step 7 folding sequence for squares

Fold each square the same way. 

Folded Paper Squares Star step 8 fold all of the squares

Put glue on the face of one of the small squares and glue a second small square on top of it making sure the points and edges match.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 9 begin gluing

Make sure the open ends are matched when gluing the shapes together. 

Folded Paper Squares Star step 10 two squares glued together

Continue gluing the small squares together to form a stack of small squares.

Let the glue set.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 11 glued stack of squares

Open the small squares into a fan.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 12 open folded shape

Add glue to the remaining two sides and pull together to form the star.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 13 glue last two sides

Using the end of a paper clip (or other sharp point), make a small hole in one of the glued together points.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 14 make hole for hanger

Cut a length of yarn 8-10 inches long.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 15 cut yarn

Using the end of the paper clip, push one end of the yarn through the small hole.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 16 thread yarn through hole

Bring the ends of the yarn together, tie a knot and trim the ends.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 17 make hanging loop

The Folded Paper Squares Star is finished and ready to display.

Folded Paper Squares Star step 18 finished hang to display

This fun technique works the same whether you make small stars or large stars. Though, where card stock is too heavy for smaller stars, it might hold the shape better for really large stars.

And, wouldn't this fun little star make a pretty garland to hang on a mantel or in a doorway - especially with alternating red and green stars, or maybe gold and silver stars.

Have fun!

People of all ages can enjoy the fun of the simple Folded Paper Squares Star project.


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