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How to Make Paper 3D Stars

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Learn how to make paper 3D stars and then turn them into a burlap 4th of July wreath! If you loved this, you can also check out how to make a DIY paper roses wreath too. This post contains affiliate links.

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Paper as a craft material is so practical, and if you’re working with a more streamlined craft space, you totally get what I mean! But even if not, it’s still fun and versatile to craft with, and probably one of the first materials you played with.

Today, I’m sharing with you how to make paper 3D stars which you can then use to make a 4th of July wreath – or anything else, really!

The wreath these 3D stars were created to complete is a simple wrapped burlap base. It an be made in mini like this one. If you prefer to skip the rustic look, you can cover your wreath in paper, paint it, use felt or fabric, or whatever you’d like!

The best paper for making 3D paper stars

You can really use any paper for making these 3D paper stars. Thinner paper will make it easier to get crisp lines but may crease a little accidentally. Medium cardstock will allow you to keep things neat and clean, hold stiff, but might be harder to get crisp folds into.

Stiff cardstock will be hardest to work with but, of course, strongest.

And while I am teaching you today in red, white, and blue special for the 4th of July, you can make it any color! Craft this with gold stars for Christmas. Make these in any color and attach to a huge piece of wood or cardboard as a photo background for a party.

You can even string a few of these together between two skewers as a mini cake topper garland.

Whatever your reason for choosing to learn how to make paper 3D stars today, you’ll find that it’s one of those crafts that’s fun, relaxing, and even a little addictive. It’s a fun thing to do with your hands – kind of like a productive fidget.

It can even be a little meditative if you allow it to be!

What you need to make a paper star wreath

How to Make the Base Wreath

1. Prepare the wreath base; we’re using a round base for our wreath. You can use a store bought wreath base or prepare one from cardboard or thick craft foam. Use burlap ribbon (DIY or purchased) to wrap the wreath base to cover it.

2. Wrap the wreath base neatly and evenly to cover the wreath base surface.

3. Once the whole wreath base is covered, apply glue on the open end to secure the wrapping.

How to Make Paper 3D stars Step by Step

4. Use red, blue and white craft papers to make the 3d stars. Start with any color and cut it into a square.

5. Fold the square paper into half.

6. Bring the right (closed) corner down by aligning its short side with the open long side.

7. Unfold the fold you just made.

8. Now, bring the right (open) corner up by aligning its short side with the closed long side.

9. Unfold the last fold. Notice that the last 2 folds have created an X crease in the right half of your rectangle.

10. Bring the opposite right closed corner to the intersection of the X crease.

11. Fold the last folded part in half by aligning its open (inner) side with its closed (outer) side. You’re basically folding that same corner right back to the last fold.

12. Align the closed side of the square right half with the triangle that you just folded.

13. Now, fold the paper as-is in half.

14. Notice the triangle you formed in the bottom part of the paper. Use straight open side of the triangle as a tracing line. Cut off the extra parts using a good pair of scissors.

15. Unfold the whole pattern. You should now have a pentagon shape with mountain and valley folds.

16. Fold the longer creases upwards and push the shorter crease between the long ones downward. This will form a 3d star pattern.

17. Repeat to craft more 3d star pattern of 2 or 3 different sizes and colors (blue, red and white). 

18. Gather the crafted 3d stars, wreath base and craft glue.

19. Attach the 3d stars to the wreath base using craft glue.

20. You can either cover the whole wreath base with the 3d stars or leave spaces in between, as you wish.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make paper 3D stars and turn them into a fun burlap wreath for 4th of July! What will you be making with yours? Comment below!

How to Make Paper 3D Stars

How to Make Paper 3D Stars

Instructions

    1. Prepare the wreath base; we’re using a round base for our wreath. You can use a store bought wreath base or prepare one from cardboard or thick craft foam. Use burlap fabric strip or lace to wrap the wreath base to cover it.

    2. Wrap the wreath base neatly and evenly to cover the wreath base surface.

    3. Once the whole wreath base is covered, apply glue on the open end to secure the wrapping.

    4. Select red, blue and white craft papers to make the 3d stars. Take any one of the selected papers and shape it into a square.

    5. Fold the square paper into half.

    6. Bring the right (closed) corner down by aligning its short side with the open long side of the current paper.

    7. Unfold the last fold.

    8. Now, bring the right (open) corner up by aligning its short side with the closed long side.

    9. Unfold the last fold. Notice that the last 2 folds have created an X crease.

    10. Bring the opposite right closed corner and join it with the intersected point of the X crease.

    11. Fold the last folded part in half by aligning its open (inner) side with its closed (outer) side.

    12. Align the closed side of the square part (of the current pattern) with the triangle part inside.

    13. Now, fold the current pattern in half.

    14. Notice the straight open side of the triangle part; use it as a tracing line. Cut off the extra parts using a pair of scissors.

    15. Unfold the whole pattern.

    16. Fold the longer creases upwards and push the shorter crease between the long ones but downwards. This will form a 3d star pattern.

    17. Similarly, craft more 3d star pattern of 2 or 3 different sizes and colors (blue, red and white). 

    18. Gather the crafted 3d stars, wreath base and craft glue.

    19. Attach the 3d papercraft stars to the wreath base using craft glue.

    20. You can either cover the whole wreath base with the 3d stars or leave spaces in between, as you wish.

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