Love, love, love paper crafting! These icosahedrons are fun to make and super cute. You can switch up the size of circles to make these cuties smaller or larger. Jumbo-size it and use them as ceiling decorations! Instead of buying new cardstock, try making these from old Christmas cards, gift bags or even gift boxes. When choosing paper, I recommend selecting 3 different colors/prints.
Supplies & Tools:
- Cut out 20 circles using the circle punch. I cut 6 dark blue, 7 medium blue, and 7 light blue circles.
- Print the triangle template and cut out.
- Using the triangle template, draw an equilateral triangle on the unprinted side of each circle. The corners of each triangle should touch the edge of the circle.
- Using a ruler and X-Acto on a cutting mat, score the lines of the triangle. This will make it easy to make a clean fold on the circle. Be careful to gently score the paper; you do not want to cut all the way through the paper.
- Fold along the score line, printed side facing in.
- Repeat steps 3–5 for each circle.
- Begin gluing the pieces together. Using the hot glue gun, put a small amount of glue on the unprinted side of tab of one circle, and immediately press the tab of another circle.
- Glue 5 circles together. Notice how the corners of each piece join together, making a star-like shape. Set aside.
- Glue another 5 circles together in a star-like shape.
- Glue one tab from each set together.
- Now add remaining circles so that there are 5 circles at any given “star.”
- Using the one-hole punch, make a hole in one of the tabs.
- Cut a piece of string or ribbon and use to hang the ornament.
- If you prefer not to use the ruler/X-Acto method to fold the circles, OR if you are using paper (not cardstock), you may choose to do the following:
- Cut out 20 circles using the circle punch.
- Place the triangle template on the right side of the circle.
- Using a bone folder, score the circle and fold the tabs inward.
- Follow steps 5–13 above.