For day two of my 12 days of blogmas I wanted to make some bookish star place holders that were inspired by these lovely thanksgiving pumpkins. A larger star would make a good photo holder.
What I really like about these is that you could make tiny versions to hang from the tree. They’d be good to make with older children as a STEAM craft activity as they’d have to work out the best way to rotate the shapes and how to coordinate the cut lines to create a 3D shape. Thicker card is best for this to ensure that the final star decoration keeps its shape and stands up independently.
Younger children will probably need a lot of help with this and an adult to do the cutting. When I made them, Phoebe decorated her own 2D shapes that I’d cut out ahead of time while I sat with her and made my 3D stars.
To make a 3D star place holder or ornament you will need:
- A star template if you don’t want to draw free hand (I used a biscuit cutter)
- Gold card
- Decorative paper (book pages in this instance)
- Scissors and/or craft knife
- Glue stick
- A needle
- Fine wire to mount a piece of card or string to hang
How to make a 3D star:
- Trace matching star shapes onto the wrong side of your gold card and cut out.
- Smear the wrong side of the card shape with glue and stick on your decorative paper so that the gold side of the card is facing up. Allow to dry.
- Cut around the stars on the decorative paper so you have a star that is gold on one side with decorative paper on the other.
- Take two stars and sing a scissors or craft knife, carefully cut a line half way through the star- one from the top to the centre of a star, and on the other star from the bottom to the middle.
- Slot the two stars together through these cuts so they stand up by themselves.
- Using the needle, carefully poke holes through the top of the star, then thread with wire or string.
- To make a place holder, curl the wire in a spiral and then flatten as in my picture so that the name for the placeholder can be slotted in between the wire.