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December is here, have you decked your halls? This project will help! I’m throwing an ornament exchange party for a small group of friends at my studio next week, so I dressed it up and made it look festive for the event. I created this Scandinavian paper star garland out of metallic craft paper and I love how it turned out!
These silver and gold paper stars are made with scrapbook paper purchased at Michaels, I used a combination of glitter and matte foil papers to create these. You can use them alone as decorations, hang them in windows or string them together to display around the house. They also make great oversized ornaments for your tree!
Supplies you’ll need to make 8 stars: 2 sheets gold glitter scrapbook paper, 2 sheets matte gold scrapbook paper, 2 sheets silver glitter scrapbook paper, 2 sheets matte silver scrapbook paper; glue stick, adhesive spray; ruler or measuring tape; hot glue gun; scissors.
The first step is to secure the matte sheets to the glitter sheets so your final strips of paper are two tone, glitter on one side, matte metallic on the other. Use spray adhesive to attach your sheets together and allow for 1/3” over lap on each side (you’ll see why below).
Next, mark the strips at every inch with a pen or with a clip of the scissors. Cut twelve 12” strips. Each star is made up of six strips of paper, so each double sided set of scrapbook paper makes two stars.
With a measuring tape or ruler, crease the strips every 3 inches.
Fold the strips into a rectangular (or slightly diamond) shape. Use the glue stick to secure the overlapping edges as shown, this method creates a flat surface.
*I gave up on the glue stick after the first star and used hot glue for this part, but either works for this stage of assembly.
Once the strips are assembled, use the hot glue gun to attach the strips together. I found it easiest to secure three together at a time, then once the glue dried, I attached those trios to each other to form the six section star shape.
Once the glue is dry, a star is born!
Each star has a glittery exterior and matte metallic interior.
The double sided craft paper provides enough stability for them to be freestanding so you can layer them around your house wherever you like.
I secured the five stars together with invisible tape and used the same to attach it to the mantel.
This space is almost ready to eat, drink, and be merry!