DIY Kids' Birthday Party Decorations - Paper Starburst

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    DIY Kids' Birthday Party Decorations - How to Make a Paper Starburst

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    These gorgeous paper starbursts are easy to make. Katherine Lee

    These beautiful starburst decorations look complicated but are actually super-simple to make. All you need is some paper cut into squares, scissors, and glue. Kids will love making these for a birthday party, holiday celebration, kids' crafts party, or any other occasion!

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    Get your supplies to make these paper starbursts.

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    Start with paper squares. Katherine Lee

    To make these easy paper starbursts, you will need just a few things:

    • lightweight card stock or construction paper in beautiful colors, cut into 4" x 4" squares (If you want bigger starbursts or smaller ones, simply adjust the size -- say, to 3" x 3" squares or 2" x 2" squares.)
    • scissors or a paper trimmer
    • ruler
    • glue stick
    • stapler
    • To hang the paper starbursts:
    • hole punch
    • ribbon
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    Take a square and fold it in half into a triangle.

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    Fold the square into a triangle. Katherine Lee
    Start by taking one of the squares and folding it in half to form a triangle as shown.
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    Fold the triangle again and make 2 cuts.

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    Cut the triangles as shown. Katherine Lee
    Fold the triangle once again in half. Hold it so that the seam you just folded is on the bottom. Make two parallel cuts, each about 3/4 of the way up. (See photo.)
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    Your triangle will look like this.

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    Your triangle will look like this. Katherine Lee
    At this stage, your triangle will look like this.
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    Unfold your square.

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    Your squares will look like this when opened. Katherine Lee
    When you unfold the square you've cut, it will look like this.
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    Fold and glue the inner square's corners.

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    Glue the center as shown. Katherine Lee
    Keeping the square with a corner facing you so that it's diamond-shaped and the cut corners are on the left and right sides, fold the two flaps of inner most corners over each other and glue them together. Try to keep the fold you've made rounded as you glue the corners together. (Hint: Putting a pencil into it when you glue it down will help).
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    Turn the square over and glue the middle set of corners together.

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    Turn over and glue again. Katherine Lee
    Take your square and flip it over. Glue the middle set of corners together just as you did with the center corners, making sure that you keep the flaps rounded.
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    Flip over your square again and glue the remaining corners together.

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    Turn over and glue again. Katherine Lee
    Flip the square over once again and glue the last two corners together, again making sure that you keep the paper rounded. You now have a completed star point.
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    Continue making more star points.

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    Make several star points for the paper starbursts. Katherine Lee
    Take your next square and repeat the steps above. Keep making star points until you have a full star (about 7 points should do it for a star this size). Lay them out before gluing the points together.
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    Glue or staple the points of your paper starburst together.

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    Glue the star points together to form the starburst. Katherine Lee
    Take your glue stick or a stapler and glue or staple the points of your star together at the bottom of each point, as shown.
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    Here are some finished paper starburst decorations.

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    Make paper starbursts in lots of colors for party decorations. Katherine Lee

    When you are done, your paper starburst kids' birthday party decorations will look like this. They are as gorgeous as they are easy to make!

    If you plan to hang them around the house, you can make a hole at one of the top points of a star point and put a ribbon through and loop it so that it's ready for hanging.

     

     

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