Red, White, and Blue 3D Stars

Get ready for Memorial Day weekend with this banner of 3D stars. These DIY stars are super simple, once you learn the technique of making a single petal. As you create each petal, the 3D stars will start to come into form. You can experiment with different layers, sizes, and shapes, making these DIY stars great for any occasion.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather the materials for your 3D stars.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Cut your colored paper into squares. You'll need 6 squares to make a star. You can make the squares any size you want. We made 3-inch squares for our first start.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Fold your square in half diagonally.

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  • Step 4

    Make your cutting guidelines by lightly sketching a small triangle in the middle. Then, draw two sets of lines on either side that do not meet in the middle.

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  • Step 5

    Cut out the small triangle from the middle. Then, cut along the other lines to make two slits of each side of the triangle you just cut. Make sure you don't cut all the way to the center line.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Open the square back up. Fold the middle two corners together. Use double-sided tape to secure them.

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  • Step 7

    Flip the star over again. Tape the last two points together. You have one star petal done!

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  • Step 8

    Flip the star over again. Tape the last two points together. You have one star petal done!

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  • Step 9

    Repeat steps 3–8 until you have 6 separate star petals.

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  • Step 10

    Now double-sided tape or hot glue to secure the points of each star petal together to create a 6-pointed star.

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  • Done!

    Continue making stars! Try experimenting with extra slits in step 4–5, or change the number of petals in each star. Don't forget that you can also use any colors of paper that you like!

    String up your stars and enjoy the festive decorations at your next barbecue!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 11

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