Monday, October 28, 2013

Paper Stars for Chanukah

Chanukah is five weeks away so it's not too early to start thinking about decking out your home in beautiful Chanukah decor. My first craft for Chanukah this year are these Star of David paper stars, which I strung in a garland.
All it takes to make these beautiful stars are a compass, ruler, scissors and heavy paper. Here's how:
1. Draw a circle with the compass, keeping in mind the size. (Mine are 8 inches.)
2. Take half of your circumference (mine was was 4 inches) and mark those points all around the circle. When you're done, you'll have 6 points.
3. With a ruler, draw lines to attach all points forming two triangles.
4. Cut out the star with scissors.

5. Fold the star three times--point to point.
6. Flip the star over--now fold three times again between each of the little triangles.

When you're done folding it should look like this:
These look so pretty in colored paper as well as silver and gold papers.

I strung mine in a garland but they'll also look beautiful tied onto gifts as a tag, or as place settings.
What will you use your paper stars for?
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  1. Great project Rita, or course I'll use a large dinner plate to trace my circle, or any other number of round things hanging around. Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, great to see you!

  2. Super idea. I was thinking of maybe hanging a bunch of smaller ones from my chandelier in the dining space. Thanks for the instuctions.

  3. Todah Rabah for sharing your stars.
    I love it and will make some for Chanukah this year.
    Thanks so much.

  4. These are lovely and would work for Christmas decor as well. So simple yet elegant.

    I was not clear on how you marked the four inches around the circle. How did you measure the distance from one point to the other as you went around? (A whiz at math or geometry, I am not :-) Many thanks.

    1. Mary, I opened my compass so that the circle was 8 inches in diameter. Next, I kept measuring all around the circle, marking off the 4 inch points. This created six points, which I then connected with a ruler to create two triangles--one right side up and the other upside down. Hope this helps!

    2. I think what was confusing was that you said "take half the circumference" when you meant them to take half of the diameter (which is also the radius). Half the circumference of an 8 inch circle would be 25.12 inches, so I guessed what you really meant.

  5. Rita -
    Where did you get the beautiful paper you used for this project? What type works best? I can't wait to make these for Chanukah! I've been looking for budget-friendly but tasteful Chanukah decorations and so glad I finally found something! Thank You!

    1. Hi Tamar,
      I found the papers at Michael's crafts, in the scrapbook section. I'll be posting lots more Chanukah decorations in the next few weeks so stay tuned!


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