For me the best part about the Christmas countdown is the decorating. I love fairy lights and candles. I think it’s great that with LED lighting you can leave on your paper lantern without having to worry about it catching on fire. I made myself two paper stars to spread some Christmas spirit from my window. Fancy one, here’s how to make it.
Print out template (you could have it blown up to a larger size, my stars are DIN A 4 and DIN A 3) or construct your own five pointed star. Transfer to your transparent paper. Carefully score the edges for easier folding of the glue tabs. Cut out star, fold glue tabs. You’ll need two of those.
To make the frame for the smaller (DIN A 4) star you’ll need a strip of cardstock 7cm wide and 85cm long. (Plus 1cm for the glue tab. If your cardstock is smaller you’ll need two glue tabs instead of one.) (For the bigger DIN A 3 star your frame will be 10cm x 120cm + 2cm for glue tab). Measure your glue tab 1cm (resp. 2cm) from the beginning of your strip, then measure out your segments at 8,5cm (12cm) length. The scoring my pencil left was enough to comfortably fold my five pointed star.
This is were it gets fiddly. The transparent paper stars need to be glued to the frame. Being patient helps a lot. Gluing every single tab by itself and waiting till it’s completely dry seems to be the best way to do this. Making sure that the tab is good and completely covered with glue will help making it sit flush with the frame’s edge.
I used my square ruler and some tape rolls to build a small elevated table with the same height as my frame. This made it possible to apply glue to the tab and not ripping off the already fixated pieces.
On the back leave one point open to insert the LEDs. Switch on lights – instant Christmas spirit.
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