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DESIGNER SERIES PAPER STAR ORNAMENT TUTORIAL

December 21, 2014

Do you have some unused Designer Series Paper in your stash?  Are you wondering what to do with some of it?  Here’s a fun way to use some of it up:  Star Ornaments.  This photo is from several years ago and you can find my original post here.  I thought it was definitely time to bring this project back so I could use up some of this year’s Christmas Designer Series Papers.

Designer Series Paper star ornament

What year are these Designer Series Papers from???

Supplies:

  • Five (5) 4″ x 4″ squares of Designer Series Papers
  • Two (2) 2″ x 2″ square of coordinating card stock
  • 20″ of coordinating ribbon
  • coordinating button
  • Red Sticky Tape
  • Snail Adhesive

Fold all five squares of Designer Series Paper (DSP) in half in one direction, then turn 90 degrees and fold in the other direction.  Use a bone folder to create a strong crease.

Star component pieces: Designer Series Paper, ribbon, button

Star component pieces: Designer Series Paper, ribbon, button

  • Make one fold on the diagonal.  Use a Bone Folder to create a strong crease.
  • Refold these pieces as necessary so that the diagonal fold is a VALLEY and the ‘square’ folds are MOUNTAINS.
  • Squish layers together to form a 2″ square.
  • Place Red Sticky Tape on all four edges (one side only) of your folded 4″ x 4″ pieces.  Burnish (rub firmly) with your Bone Folder.
Folded star pieces with Red Sticky Tape on all four edges

Do not overlap the sides of sticky tape. Simply butt each piece up to the next piece

TIP:  Red Sticky Tape can be annoying to work with!  I put my roll on my wrist, like a bracelet, pull the tape from that position and then cut.  It makes it much easier for me.  You can see a visual of this tip here, 6th photo.

  • Layer the five folded pieces of Designer Series Paper, ensuring that they are always positioned identically.  I.e. there is one ‘closed’ corner.  That ‘corner’ must be in the same position for each layer.
LAYER THE 5 FOLDED PIECES

Layer the 5 folded pieces of Designer Series Paper ensuring that the closed corner always be in the same position.

  • Place a piece of Red Sticky Tape on the diagonal of each of the ‘end’ pieces of the stack, ensuring that one end of this piece of Sticky Tape is pointing toward the ‘closed corner’.
Place a diagonal piece of Red Sticky Tape on the diagonal of each of the 'end' pieces of the stack

Place a piece of Red Sticky Tape on the diagonal of each of the ‘end’ pieces of the stack ensuring that one end of this piece of Sticky Tape is pointing toward the ‘closed corner’.

  • Cut one end of your ribbon into a very sharp angled point.  Thread ribbon through the button in both directions, making a loop.  Don’t worry that the pointed end of the ribbon is frayed.  It will be covered with the 2″ square piece of coordinating card stock.
Attach button to ribbon

Thread ribbon through button.

  • Attach one end of the ribbon to the ‘stack of folded pieces’, ensuring that the end of the ribbon is pointed toward the closed corner!
Position ribbon over diagonal Sticky Tape ensuring that the end is pointed toward the closed corner

Make sure the ribbon end is pointing toward the closed corner.

  • Attach other end of ribbon to the other side of the stack ensuring that the ribbon end is pointing toward that closed corner!

Remove protective cover from sticky tape and attach coordinating card stock piece

  • Remove sticky strip from one end and attach the 2″ square piece of card stock.  Repeat for the other sides.
Attach solid card stock

Remove Sticky Strip and attach 2″ square coordinating card stock.

  • Slide button toward stack of pieces to close the star.

Slide button along ribbon to close star

  • Pull button toward loop end and turn star ‘inside out’.
Slide button away from star, turn star inside out, re-slide button to hold in place

Slide button toward loop end.

  • Voila!  Your finished star.  Note the position of the button  which will securely hold the star in the open position.
Finished star

Note the position of the button to hold star securely opened.  Hang from tree.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this somewhat tedious project.  The finished result is totally worth the effort though!  I love my stars.  And contrary to what my original 2008 tutorial suggesting that the Designer Series Paper all be that same design, I really like the look of various papers.  It’s so much more colorful!

I’d love to see what you create!  Send me a photo on a email or post it on my FaceBook page here.  Please be sure to LIKE my page while you’re there.  I’m still working hard to achieve that magic 100 ‘likes’.

Have a great day.  I hope you’re close to finishing up your holiday preparations so you can sit back and enjoy yourself.  My last job:  wrapping!  And then shopping for some fun appetizers I’ll be making for Christmas entertaining.  If they look as good in reality as they do in my mind, I’ll share them!

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