DIY Tutorial: {Patriotic} Paper Starbursts

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DIY Paper Star Tutorial
Feeling Crafty? We have a super fun DIY Paper Starburst Tutorial to share with you today from party planning guru Dawn at Not Just a Mommy!

These pretty hanging stars would actually be great in any color palette and can be utilized for lots of different occasions, but since 4th of July is coming up on Monday, we thought it would be fun – and timely – to feature them in patriotic red, white, and blue!



by Dawn Smith

Supply List (makes 1 starburst)
– 8 4″ square sheets of paper, 3 each in red and white, 2 in blue. (I used copy paper in white and a text weight for the red and blue.  It is little heavier than copy paper but don’t use cardstock)
– tape
– scissors
– large brads (I used silver but you can coordinate any way you wish)
– 1/8″ hole punch

DIY Paper Star Tutorial

1. Fold a square on the diagonal in half and fold again.

2. With the fold facing down, cut through both layers on the fold (so the slits cut the paper into thirds), almost to the opposite side.

3. Open up the paper completely, large crease side up. Roll the smallest flaps together with a little overlap and tape, then flip over.

4. Repeat with the medium set of flaps, overlap and tape, then flip over.

5. Repeat with the last set of large flaps, overlap and tape.

6. This is the side view of one petal; punch holes in the front and back ends.

7. Repeat this process with the remaining 7 paper squares.

8. Attach the front of a blue petal to the back of the second blue petal with a brad, continue attaching petals, alternating the red and white petals.

9. Punch a hole in the bottom of each petal, then put a brad through the holes to create the starburst.

10. Put a brad through the ends of the starburst to pull it  together.

11. Punch a hole at one tip and hang with fishing line or your string of choice, and enjoy!


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11 responses to “DIY Tutorial: {Patriotic} Paper Starbursts”

  1. katrina says:

    This is so cute! I would love to have a long porch to hang these along!

  2. Shannon says:

    Wonderful, I am going to modify the colors for baby showers! Great idea! Thank you so much!

  3. Leslie says:

    Love it!

  4. Perfect project for the kids this weekend to get ready for the July 4th holiday. Thank you for posting!!

    Happy July 4th!

  5. Barbara Falkingham says:

    I’m an elementary music teacher and many years ago one of my teachers made these to hang on the stage for our winter concert. She sprayed them with glitter so the light would hit them and they would sparkle.

  6. Barbara Falkingham says:

    I would love to find a lightweight waterproof material to make these out of. Florida weather is hard on paper this time of year.

  7. Jenei Aguon says:


  8. Thursday girls says:

    Hi there! We featured this great craft on our weekly roundup last week. Thank you, and hope you all had a Happy 4th!

  9. Sarah Kiger says:

    awesome lil trick.

  10. AStaff15 says:

    such a cute craft ;) i modified it a bit so i didnt have to use the brads but it still turner out great

  11. AStaff15 says:

    i used it for labor day too