Paper Bag Stars

Earlier this week, we came back from a spontaneous trip to visit my parents on the other side of the country. While we were there, my aunt showed us the most genius way to make Christmas star decorations. Can you believe, these gorgeous 3D stars are made out of simple sandwich bags?!

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The technique was really so simple that we ended up just churning them out, and now literally have them hanging in every window of the house. And in case you are looking to throw some last minute Christmas sparkle at your home, I thought I’d take you through the steps here. It takes about two minutes per star, and it’s super cheap too – a bag of 100 sandwich bags, selling at just a couple of Euros, will give you around a dozen of these beautiful, large stars!

 

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Here’s what you need:

  • 8 white paper sandwich bags, per star (those bags with the side fold, as shown in the picture below)
  • a glue stick
  • a pair of scissors

A needle and thread will also come in handy, for hanging them up afterwards.

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Step 1: Take the first sandwich bag. On one side, put a broad line of glue along the bottom, closed edge of the bag and up the middle, in a ‘T’ shape, as indicated by the dotted line in the picture below.

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Step 2: Take your second sandwich bag, and lay it exactly on top, making sure the bottom edges and the open ends of the bags are aligned!

Step 3: Repeat the previous steps until you have all eight sandwich bags glued on top of each other.

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Step 4: Cut off both corners at the open ends of the bags. It should look like the picture above > closed edge at the bottom, pointy open end at the top! I cut my corners from about half way down, to give my stars nice long ‘spokes’. The closer to the top you cut them, the shorter your spokes will be.

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Step 5: Now comes the magical bit – carefully fan out the bags, add some more glue (again, in a ‘T” shape) to one of the end pieces, and glue the two end pieces together.  Voila!

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(To hang them up, I just used a needle to thread through some thread.)

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