Another of our art projects last month was making Mexican Star Ornaments. This is a neat combination of a coloring craft and a paper-folding craft, so make sure to leave time after all the coloring is done to give instructions on the folding and assembling part.
But first, some tips from our fearless leader, Kaye!
- I found a template for a six-pointed 3-D star, then added the interior star and tabs to fold under at the tips. The tabs especially help to keep the 3-D shape once everything is assembled.
- I punched a small hole in one tip and added a loop of thread to act as a hanger ahead of time. I also folded under the tabs. You wouldn’t need to do this for some groups. Just know your peeps. 🙂
- I printed the stars onto cardstock, so we did the coloring portion with colored pencils, because markers can weaken the paper.
- The streamers are strips of plastic tablecover. You could also use strips of tissue paper, ribbon, or really anything colorful and flow-y you can think of!
Here’s the star template itself:
Once you’ve printed out your star onto cardstock, let’s get to making!
First, cut out the star template from the cardstock. Punch a hole in one tip of the star and add the loop of thread that will be the ornament’s hanger.
Now the hard part (ha, not really!): pick what colors to use! Color your star however you choose, pastel, neon, the colors of your room, whatever you like!
Once you’ve finished coloring, it’s time to start folding.
Start by folding and then unfolding along all of the dotted lines. After you’ve pre-folded everything your star should be flat on the table again.
Now start folding the long lines up toward you, and the short lines down away from you. The long lines will poke up like mountains, and the short lines will point down like valleys.
Next, flip your star over. Glue little streamers to each tip of the star (except the one that has the thread loop for a hanger already).
For the final touch, fold those flaps on the edges back over the tip to encase the streamer. Where the flaps overlap glue them together. This will help the star to keep its 3-D shape.
Now your star ornament is done and ready to hang! I like how Kaye has hers in a window, it looks so festival with all of the sunlight.
And here are our fellow artists in action!
Wouldn’t a few of these strung together in a garland look so neat? You could alternate them with your papel picado!
Happy creating everyone!