Twinkle, Twinkle, Cardboard Star

These little ornaments will add sparkle and glimmer to your Christmas tree! Paint them silver or gold or cover them with glitter, and they will be real eye-catchers on your Christmas evergreen. And, trust me, you will be surprised at how snazzy cardboard looks once it is painted metallic.

Supplies & Tools:

  • Printable template (download here)
  • Cutting mat
  • X-Acto*
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Pin
  • Hot glue gun & glue (optional)
  • Cardboard, plus extra to protect painting surface
  • Gold spray paint
  • Fishing line (or other clear string)

*You may need extra X-Acto blades.


  1. Print the template and cut out the star.
  2. Trace the star onto cardboard twice.
  3. Place cutting mat on a flat surface.
  4. Using ruler and X-Acto, cut out the stars. First I cut the outline, and then cut out the niche.
  5. On ONE star (yes, only one of them) poke a small hole about 0.25″ from the edge with the pin. Use the template as a reference, if you like. Set pin aside.
  6. Take stars, large piece of scrap cardboard (or newspaper), gold spray paint and go to a well-ventilated area.
  7. Spray stars with paint, allow to them dry, flip them over, and then paint the reverse side. As you paint, try to paint the edges as well.
  8. Once the stars are completely dry, cut a piece of fishing line about 8″ long. Pull the string through the hole that you made in step 5, and tie a knot.
  9. Interlock the pieces together and hang on your tree!
    Note: If the pieces are loose, you can use a little bit of hot glue to stick them together. (After all, a little bit of hot glue is a girl’s best friend! :) )
  10. Now you star ornament is done.

Elfy Hints:

  • To make sure I don’t cut into the star, I always cut away from the star’s center.
    Cut away from the center of the star.
  • If your edges are hairy, you might need to use a new blade on your X-Acto.

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5 comments on “Twinkle, Twinkle, Cardboard Star

  • Eric said:

    I did alot of these

  • kiana said:

    really like the look of that stary star star

  • Emily said:

    These are really cute and easy to make and I will DEFINITELY talk to my mom about these!

  • alberto said:

    this is a good craft, and it is partally recycling

  • Christos said:

    πολύ καλή δουλειά!! ΠΜΡΑΒΟ!!

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