Stellar decorating tips for all year

McClatchy-Tribune News ServiceJuly 10, 2014 

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SANDI GENOVESE/MCTThese 3-D stars are simple enough to make so that even younger children can share in the fun.

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Is there anything more patriotic than stars all decked out in red, white and blue? I made a few to celebrate Independence Day but liked them so much I decided to keep them on display long past the Fourth. And, if you prefer, it's easy to broaden the theme of the stars by just switching out the colors.

Either way, dimensional stars go from flat to fabulous with just a few simple folds.

Cut stars in different sizes from different colors of paper or card stock. With a ruler and bone folder, create score lines from the juncture where two star legs meet to the tip directly opposite. Repeat this for each arm of the star.

Mountain fold on all of the score lines, then reverse to valley folds on all of the short lines from the star center to the leg juncture. Cut along some of the score lines of the colored stars in order to layer the colored portions on top of the white star bases. Add fine details by punching small holes out of the top color, allowing the base color to show through.

Layer smaller 3-D stars over the top of the larger, embellished stars. Adhesion is easy -- simply press the stars flat to fasten them together. Once the glue is set, re-fold on the score lines to revive the dimensionality.

If you want to hang your stars, punch a small hole at the tip of one of the star legs. Knot a length of colored ribbon and poke it through the hole to create a loop for hanging.

These dynamic stars are simple enough to make so that even younger children can share in the fun. And every time you put the stars back out on display, they will identify the ones they made and will enjoy them all over again.

A real bonus is the ease with which these stars can be stored. Simply flatten them back out and put them away until another star-worthy event. Switch the colors to reds, greens, gold and silver and imagine stellar decorations for Christmas. And pastel colored stars would be perfect to honor a new baby -- the day a new star is born.

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