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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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 one end of the ribbon to the ‘stack of folded pieces’, ensuring that the end of the ribbon is pointed 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 sticky strip from one end and attach the 2″ square piece of card stock. Repeat for the other sides.
- Slide button toward stack of pieces to close the star.
- Pull button toward loop end and turn star ‘inside out’.
- Voila! Your finished star. Note the position of the button which will securely hold the star in the open position.
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!