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Hello, internet friends! With the holidays soon approaching (and funds lower than ever) I thought I might show you guys how to make a lighted tree 6 pointed star tree topper for no more than $10!!!


oh, you're not ready?

okay I'll wait...


Things you will need:
-cardstock/thick paper
-a printer
-an exacto knife 
-wax paper
-metallic gold paint
-wood glue
-a doorstop
-strand of white Christmas lights (LED preferred, and for simplicity try to avoid having more than 20 lights on your strand)
-classy christmas/holiday music
-funny hats (optional)

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Step 1: Templates

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Print out the templates I have provided below onto card stock or thick paper.

Cut out along the lines and use an exact-o knife to cut out the inside shapes. (You can skip this step if you'd like a star that doesn't light up) 

Step 2: Fold

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Once you have cut out all of the pieces, fold the sections along the remaining lines. This will give you four shapes that start to resemble parts of the star.

Step 3: Glue

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Use wood or tacky glue to attach the tabs connecting the tops and bottoms of the star. This should leave you with two star shapes. 

Step 4: Cut wax paper accordingly.

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Use the front star plate to measure out kite shapes in the wax paper. These will later act as panels that diffuse the light within the star.

*Note: if you are not using lights, feel free to skip this step.

Step 5: Paint

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Use gold, silver, or copper metallic paint to paint the front and back of your star. Let dry.

Step 6: Attach wax paper

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Once the paint is dry, glue the wax paper panels to the inside of your star front. When finished, it should look like this. 

Step 7: Attach back.

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Use the tabs on both of your half-stars to glue the front to the back. 
VA48 months ago

Thanks for the beautiful craft. I was looking for a plain white northstar but this is pretty and well-designed! Just a suggestion-for crafters who have leftovers a heavy-grade craft jewelry wire or florists' wire or even scrap wire from the hardware store will work to attach the star, but for sheer ease, the doorstop wire is genius!

I like this star sooo much.

Bubbler2 years ago
Thanks for this lovey star. I might try the silicone baking paper sheet instead of waxed paper. After all, it is opaque and designed to take a lot of heat. The templates are great.
It's gorgeous! Thank you for including the templates. :D