To me Thanksgiving is such a nice primer to usher in the Holiday Season. Right away you get to start off your Christmas decorating with a clean house (if you hosted), and all the leftover pumpkin pie is yours to nibble on while you dig through your box of goodies.
I like to add at least one new decoration to my holiday collection every year. It is too expensive to buy it all at once! This year I made a Paper Star Garland and I’d love to share this cute little DIY decoration with you today.
First you’ll need the template! I cut these out with my Silhouette, but they could easily be cut out by hand.
Grab this template and scale it to the size you want. I used a 4″ star and a 2″ star. Cut along the solid lines and score along the dotted lines. Cut out 2 for each finished star and glue them together with the tabs. Once they’re glued you can push them together to get the 3-d shape. You should end up with a pile of stars like this.
I made 8 large stars and 4 smaller stars for a 6′ length of garland. Next measure the length of intended span and add a few inches for slack. For instance, my window is approximately 5′-6″ so I added another 6″ to allow for a bit of slack in my garland. Now cut out double that length for the rope or twine, I cut 12′ of twine. Tie the two loose ends together so you end up with a doubled over 6′ length of twine with a loop on each end. I hang mine by looping each end over a thumbtack, preferably the same color as your molding or clear to not draw attention to them.
Hang up your twine at this stage to make sure the length is right and make any adjustments necessary. Trust me you want to do this now before the stars are added. Now back to the stars! I cut out 6″ of twine for the larger stars and 18″ for the smaller ones, but make this your own, keeping 6″ as a minimum.
Once you have them all stung through (broaden the hole on the little stars if need be), tie them off where you would like them to meet the rope. Don’t tie them too close to the star because you want it to dangle. For the larger stars I tied them off roughly in the middle and for the smaller stars I tied them off closer to the loose ends so they would hang farther down.
Now take your long length of twine down and lay it out on a table or the floor. Take your stars and space them out along your twine.
Now keep an eye on your helper. They might steal one of your cute stars or try to run off with the string entirely. SO very helpful!
Now once your helper is wrangled, and your stars are arranged as you like them it’s time to tie them off!
Finish with a little bow or just a knot, it’s up to you! Once you’re done tying them all to the twine you can hang and enjoy your beautiful work!