How to make: Shabby chic 3D cardboard stars

I came across a tutorial for these cardboard stars on the fantastic grey luster girl's blog and instantly knew the house needed to be decorated in an array of them! While I have only made white ones today, I am in the process of making a lot more for the mantel piece this Christmas! I'm thinking cranberry garland, fairy lights and silver stars!


You'll need:
  • Empty cereal box
  • Paint (Any colour you fancy!)
  • A felt tip pen in dark blue or black
  • Star templates 
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

Start by opening out your cereal box and then either print out or free hand draw a 5 pointed star in the size you require. I've used a star template I found {here} which I have cut out and then traced around onto my card.

Next you need to draw a line from the middle of each tip of each star across to the other side as show in the above photo. Open your scissor out and use the pointed end to score along the lines you have just drawn on.
Next, fold along your score lines to give the star it's 3D effect. A tip for this is to fold the line down the center of the point into a hill fold (outwards) and the lines either side of the middle line into a valley fold (inwards) this will make sense when you start to crease your lines.

Paint your stars in your desired colour and leave to dry. Don't worry if you can see the pen through the white paint, you want this to happen as it gives them a shabby chic feel! Afterwards I even went back over the lines with an old felt tip just to add even more definition. Once fully dry the card will become stiff and you are ready to place anywhere you like! Make a garland, add on a ribbon and I would love to see what you do with these if you make them! 

Have a great Friday, and don't forget you only have 2 days left to enter my washi tape giveaway!


46 comments:

  1. Aw these are so cute! Il tweet u when I try this!x

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  2. Yes please do! Would love to see!! :-) X

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  3. I tried to make some of these but my 5 pointed star doesn't look nearly as good. But I did make a 4 point or compass star that looks awesome! Try those too, they are nice to mix in with the others.

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    1. how did you make the 4-point stars

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    2. Really? Exactly the same way..

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  4. What is the best way to hang these? With the metal stars you use a hook and a nail, but you can't do that with cardboard!

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    1. glue dots stick on the points just kinda fold the excess over

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    2. You could make a small hole in the end and use a paper clip

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    3. you could also use a pop can top !!

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    4. pop can top is a excellent idea :)

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    5. pop can top works really good

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  5. THanks for sharing... I just made a post in France too with your credits!! hope I'll go through it too!
    Let's see
    L A U

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  6. These are amazing and so easy to do. I have people asking me to make them some so I keep telling them to save their cereal boxes lol

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  7. My 9 yr old & I made an afternoon with this craft! THANK YOU!

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  8. I just figured out what to do with old ceiling tin tiles! Thx

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  9. Hello! Great tutorial. I wanted to let you know I linked to this post in my 12 Projects of Christmas Tree Topper post.

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  10. Thank you so much for posting this. It is what I have been searching for!

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  11. This is an excellent idea! I love these stars and can never find them...or they are generally a bit pricey for what they are. How very cute...who would know they weren't expensive, right? A very nice share!

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  12. AWESOME IDEA THX FOR SHARING

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  13. I just made one of these and it was super easy and super cute. I suggest finding or making a bigger template than the one provided in the link, it was a little dainty for me. But I still loved it and had fun making it!!!!

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  14. I cannot make them semetrial for the life of me! Ahh. I will have to find a pattern too and print it out.

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  16. This is fantastic!!!! I can't wait to make these! Not to mention they are perfect for renters who can't put wholes in their walls, because they are so light a little sticky putty will hold it in place. THANK YOU!!!

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  17. How big do they end up being? I would love to make a rather large one!

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  18. Angel Bondar3 April 2013 20:06

    Im so in love with stars! Im definitely trying this out!

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  19. I love this!! Definitely going to try this. I love stars

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  20. Any pointers on making a bigger template

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    1. get a bigger box!!!!!

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  21. I used paint program to enlarge a star.... you can also get it bigger by using a copier and enlarging the star!

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  22. Think I will help each of the grand babies to make one of these...Let them paint the color of their choice, then put their name and the date on it and I will hang on my Christmas tree this year or make a garland for the fireplace...hmmm....Thinking each child should make two..one for taking home with them. :) Grands range in age from 21 months to 6 and they all love to do crafts with GiGi...We make such great memories this way.

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  23. When I first started Pinterest, this is one of my first pins..However, the ones I posted were glued to another one, making it 3D...This would probably work the same here.

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  24. I love the stars. But I am ashamed to admit,Making them correctly, the size! Any size! I truely need HELP!

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  25. A piece of cake! Take it easy!

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  26. This Sounds So good I cant wait to give it a try

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  27. Here is an idea for a larger star. Take a star cookie cutter, trace it, blow the pattern up at Staples on their copier, then trace it on poster board. Finish as instructed.
    Love your star idea! I plan on making a few for Christmas and Independence Day for my home. Decorated with ribbons and flowers.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Really cute !!! I am going to make a bunch. I already have a lot of stars , but, you can't have too many. TFS

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  29. As you said ...these will be perfect for the holidays! I can't wait to try them! I'm thinking Red, Hunter Green and Silver!

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  30. Garlands, gift tags, stars instead of bows... really pretty scrapbook cardstock paper... tiny ones as broaches ... must stop creative mind thoughts

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  31. Thanks I really like this Will definately try making these lovely starts

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  32. I love these better than buying the metal ones less expensive. Ty for sharing.

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  33. Thank you so much for this! I just made my first one out of 246 lb paper for acrylic and it came out perfectly. This is so fun. I have some old tin stars that I love, but never thought they could be made of paper. Yippeee!!
    Rain

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  34. Could you use card stock as well?

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