Make Hanging Christmas Stars. - The Magic Onions

Make Hanging Christmas Stars.

Our house is starting to look a lot like Christmas! It’s SUCH fun! I just LOVE the holidays!!!
To add to the holiday ambiance in our home, we made these gorgeous hanging stars… they bring such magic!
They look so pretty hanging all around! They also look complicated to make, don’t they? The amazing thing is that they are really easy to make… all that you need to make one is two pieces of square paper, a few folds and some glue and, in minutes, you’ll have your own pretty stars to hang where ever you please.
What you’ll need;
Square paper or card (any size will do… if your paper is not square, cut it into a square before you start.)
Glue (I find glue dots work the best as there’s no drying time)

Start by folding your square paper in half, making a rectangle…
Fold this rectangle in half again, making a square…
Open your folded square up…
Now fold you big square diagonally (corner to corner), making a triangle…
Fold your big triangle in half again, along the middle, making a smaller triangle…
When you open your paper, this is what your folds look like…
Use your scissors to cut along the 4 folds on the straight sides of your paper. Cut a little less than half way up the fold…
Lie your paper flat, upside down. Fold cut paper back, along the diagonals folds (as in photo) making points at the corners of the paper.
These points will be the points of your star.
Fold all cuts into points.
Now for the gluing… put a dab of glue (or a glue dot) onto one side of each point of the star…
Pull the other side of the point over the side with the glue and stick… this makes your 3D star point.
Repeat for each point…
One side of your star is ready.
Repeat all folding, cutting and sticking steps with your second piece of square paper… you will now have the two sides of your square.
Position them, one on top of the other, with the middle points facing outwards and stick them together using a few dabs of glue or glue dots and…
Glue your hanging ribbon onto your star.
Your star is ready for hanging!
They really do look lovely anywhere… so bright and colorful!We have some in our window, some hanging from our beams and even more decorating our cabinets.
And they really are easy to make, I promise! Once you make one and get the hang of the folding and cutting, you will be able to churn these pretty stars out in a matter of minutes. They make very sweet holiday gifts for friends and neighbors too… go on, have a go, make some stars!
Blessings and magic!


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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. Oh, my gosh! those are GORGEOUS!!! They look store bought-so perfect! Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

  2. They’re beautiful!
    We made some different ones last year to hang outside… but I think I like these better! :)
    We’ll put it on our list today… we already have paper and glitter out this morning….

  3. they are brilliant will definately have to give them a go thanks x

  4. These are pretty! I’m going to have to give them a try. Thanks for the fun craft! :)

  5. just when i think i can’t add one more craft to our days….you share this lovely tutorial! these are gorgeous! thanks for all you share in this space. so many wonderful projects and inspiration. :)

  6. These look awesome. Definitly an afternoon activity for today!

  7. These are beautiful. I think I’ll charge my hubby with this craft as he’s the folding, cutting tinkerer.

  8. I’ll have to do this with the children I babysit for. They are so nice looking.

  9. Wow, those are really cool! Thanks so much for the instructions, I’ll be linking.

  10. These are beautiful! Will be having a go at these this week. Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. I am going to try these tomorrow!!
    Thanks it looks so easy !!!

  12. This is a beautiful tutorial. What kind of paper do you recommend? Beth

  13. Thankyou, they are really lovely- I will have to keep my eye out for your glue dots, we will be making these as well.

  14. These are stunning Donni, what a lovely tutorial, thank you:)

  15. I love your tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I will have to make these…now where to fit them in…hmmm.

  16. Just found my way over from OLM. These are great! Must give them a go!

  17. Oh, I want to try right now!

  18. Well, we made them today and I linked over here for credit and instructions.
    What fun!

  19. Oh these are wonderful. so easy, just the kind I like! I am going to make these this weekend!!!!

  20. Those are fantastic! Thank you!

  21. Wow – I just made one and it’s fabulous. I am definitely going to make lots and lots more!
    I didn’t have any glue dots, but a little piece of double sided tape worked fine.

  22. Hope you guys have had fun making stars.
    Beth, any paper works as the folding and cutting and gluing make them really strong… I love the gorgeously colorful scrapbook paper.
    Shazronnie, thanks for the idea of double sided tape! Clever. And glue works fine too if you use paperclips to hold the glued paper in place for drying. Have fun and thanks for all the lovely comments… Blessings and magic.

  23. These stars are amamzing & pretty easy to do! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  24. These are so pretty! Thank you for sharing … got to make these!

  25. How sweet are these, thank you for sharing. I hope you and your family have a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  26. I LOVE these…just put them in my folder for next year! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Love these – I need to make some! Thanks for the tutorial! Happy Holidays!

  28. We loved making these stars, they are now dangling over many surfaces in my house – thanks for sharing!

  29. Great project. Thanks for the wonderful pictures and tutorial… even a klutzy crafter like me has hope with this project!

  30. Those are so pretty! What a fun decoration!

    (and I totally have that same green and white scrapbook paper…I covered some jar lids with it a few months back LOL) Thanks for sharing :)

  31. Anonymous says:

    My daughter and I made these this summer– two months later they’re still hanging on my curtains, and I have been informed that they will have to live there from now on. Such a fun craft, and one she can do most of herself (we used clear tape) Thank you :)

  32. iamawhale says:

    So beautiful stars~!
    Hi! I’m a student from South Korea. I was finding an art program for children whom I teach.
    I think I found it well!
    We can use your ‘gorgeous hanging stars’.
    To show to our children and teachers, I posted this data with our website.
    If you don’t want, contanct me.

  33. iamawhale says:

    And thank you so much!!

  34. GREAT IDEA – I linked it too mmy blog so I wont forget come Christmas! Thank you for the idea!

  35. Made these tonight with my daughters and LOVE them!

  36. I just made one of these–so pretty and simple (although it’s a little wonky because I had trouble gluing the two stars together!). It’s hanging over our dining room table. :) Thanks for the tutorial!

  37. We are going to LOVE making these for christmas… thank you so much for the tutorial!

  38. These are just what we were looking for! Simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for posting this!!!

  39. Thank you so very much! I just found your blog and am enjoying it immensely. Our boys are a bit older (teens who are not all that inclined to crafts any longer) but they loved these stars. We initially tried double stick tape but it didn’t hold as well so I invested in my first box of glue dots. Where have I been? Those things are great! The guys were asking what they could get me for Christmas and now I have it. Glue dots and squared off pictures from old magazines!!! The ultimate craft kit! Do you mind if I copy your instructions and include them in the kits? I know my niece and nephew will love making these… (sorry about the book!)

  40. What a wonderful blog! I don’t have young children at home anymore, but some of these ideas can be “translated” to adults. I LOVE this star, and your pics/instructions are great. I will start one this week.

  41. Anonymous says:

    When I was young, we had a family sell these beautiful stars door to door. My mother would always buy a few. They were dipped in wax with glitter sprinkled on the wax. I’ve always wanted to make some and now I know how. Thank so much.

  42. I have an infant classroom that I just renovated and I was looking for several stars to purchase to hang from the ceiling over the crib area. I came across this article and this would be perfect! If they ever fell down the babies wouldn’t get hurt and I can choose colors and patterns that match the room and that will catch the eyes of the babies! Plus it’s much more cost effective. Thanks so much! I can’t wait to make them!

  43. Thank you for the easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful photos!

  44. So beautiful! (And I don’t often say that!)

  45. Great post!Thank you for sharing this beautiful craft!Me and Miss M had fun making a huge one the other day. It looks lovely!

  46. Wanted to let you know we made these stars and loved them! I blogged about it and linked to you.

  47. love the stars, made them today. thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

  48. I love these and when I was trying them out, I couldn’t seem to get the two sides to stick together. For one, my stars didn’t seem to lay flat enough so I opened up the stuck together parts and made a less tight fold – that helped my stars lay more flat. There also seems to be very little surface left to stick to the other star (since there is a hole in the middle), so I’m thinking about putting an extra piece of paper there to cover the hole and provide more surface for the stick-together part! Otherwise, they are beautiful. I just wanted to mention it because no one else seemed to have this problem so I thought maybe I was doing something different than others. Thanks!

  49. As Lynn I had some little problems making them stick together, but as my man mentioned, I should have used a ruler to make it all straight and right.
    I am so glad I found this tuitorial since I have looked for one since I saw them hanging in a Waldorf classroom earlier this year. I made a link to the tuitorial from my blogg, hope you don’t mind.

    Have a lovely christmas :)

  50. great share thanks…

  51. Don’t know if you will see this comment-it’s almost Oct.2012. But I sure am happy to have found these stars on AllFreeChristmasCrafts!! Money is VERY tight this year & these will make awesome gifts for some family and neighbors. I have a marvelous stash of scrapbooking paper so I can make stars to match decors. Not everyone uses red and green at Holiday time. My deepest thanks and heartfelt wish to you for Happy Holidays and a filled with joy 2013! Peace.

  52. They are so beautiful… I enjoyed making them… Thanks for the tutorial..:)

  53. These are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing them. I have used them to decorate for a variety of occasions and will be making them for our Church Christmas party.

  54. So beautiful! Making these for a holiday craft day but I am having a very difficult time joining the two stars together. Any tips? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Jenni,
      I put the two halves together and make a pencil mark where they naturally touch. Then put the glue there and line the marks up.
      Hope this helps,



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