I thought today I’d share with you how I made all the gold 3D stars you saw throughout my Christmas tour last week (click HERE if you missed it). I’m sure this has been done over and over already in blogland but I’ll write about it anyways. It’s definitely not mind-blowingly new but they are one of my favorite accessories I added to my tour this year.
I have always liked stars and they are perfect for Christmas.
I had a large amount of poster board stashed in the basement. You can buy several sheets at our grocery store for very very cheap (I think 8 sheets for $2.50) and some of the stars were even made from cereal boxes I had in our recycling bin.
Now I’m lucky enough to have a silhouette cameo ( you do not need a cutter and can use the template to cut stars by hand) at home who cuts and perforates all the lines for me but it is totally doable without the silhouette machine and all you need is a star shape to trace (HERE is a printable version to download), crafting knife and cutting board. I tried it and it works to. It’s just a little more time consuming that way because you lightly have to score the areas you want to fold with the crafting knife.
Click HERE to download my 3D star silhouette file so you can make your own (let me know if the link is working for you).
Back to the silhouette instructions: Make sure that you set the thickness and blade appropriate for cardboard before sending the poster board through the machine. And you obviously have to cut the poster board to the size of the cutting mat before being able to feed it through the silhouette cameo.
No cutter? No Problem!
If you don’t have a silhouette, I included some printable cheat sheets below for you to download. Just print them, cut them out and trace the shape onto the poster board. Perforate the center score lines lightly with a craft knife but make sure not to cut the poster board all the way through. (click on the image which opens another browser with the 8.5 x 11 printable file that you can save to your desktop)
All I had left to do is peel the stars off the silhouette cutting mat, fold the perforated lines and spray paint them with gold spray paint ( I used Rust-Oleum gold spray paint). I actually wanted to use copper first but decided on gold last minute since I had already painted some Christmas balls copper. I wanted to mix more metallics.
Here they are in our home. They make such a big statement for a small amount of money.
And the gold stars match perfectly with the gold Ikea star tree topper. They are totally made for each other.
Also see them in my 2015 Christmas tree (click HERE to see entire post):
lime green ornaments HERE and HERE | pink and blush ornaments HERE, HERE and HERE | gold ornaments HERE | my foldable stars HERE, tree topper HERE | my curtain tutorial HERE and fabric HERE | wall decals in my shop HERE
I feel like it was so easy and they make such a big difference. None of the trees would look the same without the stars, don’t you agree?
I hope you like the stars as much as I do.
See more of my Christmas ornament DIYs: