These DIY Scandinavian Stars Will Add a Touch of Charm to Any Home

DIY Scandinavian holiday paper stars
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Add minimalist charm to your home by hanging a cluster of Scandinavian paper stars. The three-dimensional form has a sculptural quality that is simple, yet very chic. We opted for a tonal color palette that mixes warm and cool grays, and we strung them up with leather cording for a modern spin. Don't worry — even if you're an origami novice, we've broken the process down into simple steps so you can fold your own beautiful stars. Make them in any size or color that jives with your decor. Whether you hang them in a window, over a hearth, or from the ceiling, you'll be amazed at how a humble object can add so much personality to your space.

Things You'll Need

  • 12-inch-by-12-inch cardstock, (seven or eight sheets per star)

  • Scissors

  • Double-sided tape or glue stick

  • Ruler

  • Hole punch

  • Leather cord, ribbon, or fishing line

  • Ceiling hooks

Note: You can use a different size cardstock if you'd like to make smaller or bigger stars. Just make sure that whatever size you use is square in dimension. Also, we recommend practicing first on scrap paper before using your nice cardstock.

DIY Christmas stars
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Step 1

Fold the top right corner down to the bottom left corner, forming a right-angled triangle.

Folding paper to make Christmas star
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Step 2

Open up the paper, and then fold the bottom left corner approximately two inches past the crease line you just made, until the bottom right corner is split in half and forms a point.

Folding paper to make Christmas star
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Step 3

Fold the top right corner down over the segment you just folded until the right edge is aligned with the bottom edge. The shape should somewhat resemble a scoop of ice cream on a cone.

Folding paper to make Christmas star
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Step 4

Cut along the straight line at the top of the ice cream "cone," essentially cutting off the "scoop" part of the ice cream shape. This should leave you with another right-angled triangle.

Cutting off part of paper to make Christmas star
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Step 5

Using either double-sided tape or a glue stick, glue the two flaps of the triangle together.

Taping paper together to make Christmas star
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Step 6

Now push on the sides of the triangle to puff it into a three-dimensional shape. It should resemble an ice cream cone shape again.

Puffing paper shape into three dimensional cone
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Step 7

Turn it so the top of the cone is facing up, and then flatten the paper into the ice cream cone shape. This will create two new side creases.

Flattening paper into cone shape
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Step 8

Measure two inches down on the right side of the ice cream "cone" part and mark it with a dot.

Marking 2 inches on paper
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Step 9

Starting at the dot you just made, cut a diagonal line straight through the ice cream "scoop" part.

Cutting off part of paper
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Step 10

Push on the sides to make the shape three-dimensional again — this time forming more of a lopsided ice cream cone — and then flatten it into this shape.

Folding paper to make Christmas star
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Step 11

Cut a slit in the center of the ice cream "scoop" and stop when you get to the ice cream "cone" part.

Cutting slit in center of cone shape
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Then trim off the excess part of the ice cream "scoop" until all that remains are 1/4-inch flaps at the top of the ice cream "cone."

Cutting off excess paper from cone shape
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Excess paper cut off cone shape
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Step 12

Turn the paper over, and fold back the 1/4-inch flaps.

Folding flaps on paper star
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Step 13

Repeat this process seven more times until you have eight star pieces.

Paper pieces to make Scandinavian Christmas star
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Step 14

Take one star piece, and place double-sided tape or glue on the 1/4-inch flaps, and then press another star piece (the side without flaps) on top of the flaps.

Taping star pieces together
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Continue until you have all eight pieces glued together in a stack.

Star pieces tape together
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Step 15

Fan out the star pieces accordion-style and place tape or glue on the flaps of the last piece.

Unfolding star pieces
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Then adhere the last piece to the first piece.

Taping Scandinavian Christmas star together
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Step 16

Use a hole punch to make a hole at the tip of one of the star points. Thread leather cord, ribbon, or fishing line through the hole and tie it to a ceiling hook.

Threading leather cord through Christmas star
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We just love how beautiful these stars look clustered over a table.

DIY Scandinavian Christmas paper star
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But they look equally stunning strung up in a window.

DIY Christmas paper star
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Trisha Sprouse

Trisha Sprouse

Trisha is a writer, video producer + maker with a knack for creating modern DIY content. When her hands aren't covered in paint, she's most likely holding a camera or power drill or both.