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Paper 3-D star atop tree. Star is stamped red and white with glitter.

3D Paper Star

Learn how to make a 3D star out of paper. Perfect for Christmas, kids' crafts, or 4th of July, this project takes less than 15 minutes with folded heavy cardstock.
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 star
Author Rachel
Cost $5


  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


  • Heavy Cardstock
  • Decorating Materials Stamps, paint, glitter, etc.
  • Dry Adhesive Double sided tape or glue dots
  • Tissue Paper for added rigidity
  • Paper Stiffener optional


  • Cut out the templates. For a double-sided full front star, you will need two templates, and for a single arm star, you will need 5 arms. To preserve paper, you can trace lightly with a pencil over heavy weight paper.
    Tracing a star template on a sheet of paper.
  • Decorate template. Paint has the possibility of cracking, so I suggest folding before spray painting or adding dimensional elements.
  • Fold both the center lines and tabs as directed. To get straight folds, gently score the lines using a craft knife and a ruler.
    2 kinds of 3-D star templates with examples and links to template
  • Add adhesive to all tabs. If using the individual arm template, shape the arm and stick the tabs to the appropriate side firmly so that each individual arm is shaped before assembling the full star.
    Woman holding glue dots to prepare to use them to adhere paper tabs.
  • Attach tabs to other pieces. Stuff the arms with tissue paper to increase strength.
    Woman holding 3d star template showing where to put the adhesive on the tabs.
  • Spray with a paper stiffener or aerosol starch, if desired.
    Stamped 3D Star from paper.