Want to learn how to make 3D paper stars the easy way?
As in no templates, no weird cuttings, and no hassle with gluing or taping? Then yes, you’ve just landed in exactly the right place.
You’ll need paper squares
DIY 3D paper star GIF
Here’s a DIY 3D paper star gif I made myself so you can easily see it come to life!
#1) Start with a piece of square paper
You have to start with a piece of square paper or you won’t get the star look you want. To make sure a standard sized piece of paper is quare, just line up a corner of it to the other side and fold.
Then just cut off the excess paper and you’ve got yourself a square piece of paper without needing to measure anything (because we are going for easy here, remember?)
#2) Fold it in half like so
Fold it in half, simple.
I think they call this fold hot dog style?
#3) Then fold in lower left corner with the open flap of the first fold facing you
Then you want to fold in the lower left hand corner and line it up nicely. This gets a bit harder if you’re using card stock for sturdier stars.
#4) Then fold upper left corner down
Then fold in the upper left corner down and align with the bottom of the square.
#5) When you open it up it should look like this
Now this is what you should end up with. It’s slowly coming together…
#6) Fold your upper right hand corner into the mid point of the folds on the left
Then you want to fold in the right side of your square like this.
#7) Then take the corner you lined up with your mid point and fold it over onto itself like so
And then you want to take that same corner and fold it into itself. If this part is confusing watching the GIF above a few times might help (I made it just for that!)
#8) Then fold in the left side and line it up with the right side
Fold in and align the left corner like so…
#9) Then fold your whole page in half from where the two corners meet
Then fold your paper in half so the left corner ends up behind the right corner. Again watch the GIF for more clarification if you need it.
#9) Use a scissor to cut along the area shown in image below
This is important. Use your scissors to cut straight across your paper like I’ve pictured it below. Remember though, the deeper in your cut, as in if I moved the scissors a little more to the left and cut there, the pointier your stars will be.
The more I tilt the scissors to the right, as in a wider cut, the fatter and more shapeless your stars will be.
#10) Unwrap your paper and fold it’s sides properly
Once you unfold your stars you’ll end up with something like this. All you have to do is crease all the fold the same way and then shape your star.
#11) Voila! You have your 3D paper stars!
And here you have it! Your very own 3D paper stars the easy way.
Did you enjoy this tutorial?
I have a ton more DIY ideas. Lots with free printable templates!