Poinsettias are great decorative elements for the most contemplative time of the year. You can decorate the table or the Christmas tree, the window or the door. Take the design of the stars into your own hands: With our five detailed and abundantly illustrated DIY instructions you will succeed in creating enchanting accessories – without spending too much money or time, but with a huge effect!

An unadorned Christmas tree or table, naked windows and doors – absolutely unimaginable at Christmas time. In other words: one or the other decorative element is obligatory. Stars are particularly popular – as a typical symbol for the feast of love and family. Of course, you have the option of buying poinsettias (for a relatively high price) from a retailer. However, the automatic production of different stars from the most varied materials is much cheaper, more individual and more fun. Whether gold, clay or conventional paper – each variant allows the creation of stable and eye-catching decoration accessories. Felt can also be used to create lovely starlets with a pleasantly soft surface. Choose your favourite variations and simply make them up!

You only need a few materials for each of our poinsettias, some of which you will certainly already have in stock at home. The rest can usually be found cheaply in various online shops and local shops. In addition, the handicraft action is connected with the smallest expenditure of time. In about 30 to 45 minutes you are guaranteed to have created a multitude of pretty stars that will put you in the perfect Christmas mood!

Making Christmas stars from paper

That’s what you need:

Toning paper
scissors
Ruler or geo triangle
pencil
glue
That’s how you do it:

Step 1: First cut several squares of the same size from the clay paper.

Tip: Good dimensions for the golden poinsettias are, for example, 10 cm x 10 cm, 15 cm x 15 cm and 20 cm x 20 cm. You are welcome to choose different sizes for the stars in order to vary these and also the element to be decorated (such as the Christmas tree, the window, the door or the table). For each star you need two squares of the same size.

Step 2: Take one of the squares. Fold it twice diagonally and open the fold again. Turn the paper over to the back and fold it twice side by side in the middle. After the last unfolding, you should see a middle cross and a diagonal cross on the gold paper.

Step 3: Cut the fold lines, each leading from one edge to the middle, in half. So you make a total of four cuts – as shown in our illustration.

Tip: To achieve a very accurate result, measure the halves with a ruler and mark them discreetly with a pencil.

Step 4: Now you can fold the star. To do this, place each cut edge half on the diagonal next to it.

Step 5: Glue the rays on top of each other so that there is a cavity in the middle.

Step 6: Repeat the individual steps with a new square of the same size.

Step 7: Finally, glue the second part of the star offset against the first. Your poinsettia is ready!

Step 8: Create more poinsettias in various sizes and colours according to the same pattern.

Making striped stars from paper

That’s what you need:

Din A4 paper (a slightly thicker type is best)
Ruler or geo triangle
pencil
scissors
stapler
glue
That’s how you do it:

Step 1: Take a Din A4 paper, a ruler or triangle and a pencil. Place the Din A4 sheet in landscape format in front of you on the table and draw 12 2.5 cm wide strips on the paper.

Step 2: Cut out the 12 pre-drawn strips with scissors.

Step 3: Fold each strip in the middle so that you get 12 Vs.

Step 4: Now the stapler comes into play. Staple each strip together at its open end. The individual strip then looks from the side – reminiscent of a flower blossom.

Tip: If you would like to give the poinsettia an elegant touch, use golden pattern clips as connecting elements instead of a stapler.

Step 5: Once you have stapled all the strips together at their open ends, join the individual strips together. Do the same with the stapler. Place it in the lower half of each strip. The 12 stapled “flowers” look a bit like an accordion.

Step 6: To make the desired star out of the accordion, you have to staple the beginning and end of the paper picture together.

Step 7: Glue the lower halves of the stapled strips together. This will make your star more stable – and it’s finished after this step!

Tip: If you want to create a more colourful star, simply use coloured paper from the beginning or paint the white sheet in your preferred colours and/or patterns before step 1 of our instructions.

Playful paper cutting stars
(Insert image of finished stars)

That’s what you need:

square paper (plain or patterned, 10 cm x 10 cm, 15 cm x 15 cm or 20 cm x 20 cm)
scissors
That’s how you do it:

Step 1: Take a square piece of paper.

Tip: You can also use plain A4 paper. Then all you need to do is cut a square (four pages of equal length) out of it.

Step 2: Fold the square into a triangle. Simply take a corner and fold it diagonally to the opposite corner.

Step 3: Lay the triangle like a pyramid in front of you (the top points upwards, the horizontal edge towards you).

Step 4: Fold the right corner to the top.

Step 5: Fold the left corner to the top.

Step 6: Fold back the left side of the current image. In this way a triangle is created again, but a smaller one than in step 2.

Step 7: Lay the construct down again in pyramid style (the tip points upwards, the horizontal edge to you).

Step 8: Grab the scissors and cut the base teeth on the left side as shown in our illustration. The exact lengths of the serrations do not matter. Design them as you like.

Attention: You have to cut the base teeth on the open side of the triangle, otherwise the whole thing will fall apart.

Step 9: Cut the horizontal area in different shapes. There are no regulations here either. Be creative!

Step 10: Then you have to cut the missing side of the triangle. Let your ideas run free again!

Step 11: Unfold the paper. The playful cutting star is ready and waiting for many brothers!

Making standing stars from clay paper
That’s what you need:

square clay paper (15 cm x 15 cm, preferably use a slightly firmer material)
Ruler or geo triangle
pencil
scissors
eraser
That’s how you do it:

Step 1: Take a sheet of square clay paper, a ruler or triangle and a pencil. Divide the sheet into nine small squares. Always draw a line after 5 cm – both horizontally and vertically.

Step 2: Then mark the teeth. To do this, draw crossed diagonal lines in four squares. Simply orientate yourself on our illustration, then nothing can go wrong.

Step 3: Grab the scissors and cut out the teeth. Cut out only the upper triangles of the previously drawn square crosses. Be careful to work carefully to really remove only those parts that should be removed.

Step 4: Carefully remove the remaining pencil lines with an eraser.

Step 5: Cut the star between two large teeth to the middle.

Tip: For an accurate result, it is best to use a ruler or geodriangle and pencil again to determine the center.

Step 6: Repeat steps 1 to 5 with another square clay paper of the same size as the first sheet.

Step 7: Place the two single stars over the openings in each other. Now your star is ready and can stand without any help!

Making poinsettias from felt
That’s what you need:

felt in light red, dark red and white (or other colours)
craft template
pencil
scissors
hot glue gun
punch

That’s how you do it:

Step 1: Take felt, template and pencil. Transfer the shapes of the template onto the felt. Use the larger ones for the large star (white for us) and the smaller ones for the smaller star (red). For each poinsettia you need the star shape once and the “petals” five times.

Step 2: Cut out the pre-drawn shapes with scissors.

Step 3: Glue each petal together at its base. Use the hot glue gun.

Step 4: Then glue five petals to each star (white to white, red to red).

Tip: First arrange the leaves loosely and then glue them one after the other with the hot glue gun.

Step 5: Use a punch to punch out five flower pistils for each star (felt in red for the white star, felt in white for the red star).

Step 6: Glue one stamp to the base of each petal. The pretty felt stars are ready, they are so easy to make and make a wonderful table decoration!

Tips for quick readers:

Making poinsettias from normal paper, gold paper, clay paper or felt
Additional: scissors, ruler/geodriangle, pencil, glue, stapler, hole punch, eraser
Folding, cutting and gluing are the main tasks
Favorable decorative elements with great effect for tree, table, window or door
Little time (30 to 45 minutes for several stars) and no handicraft skills required
Also very suitable as a handicraft activity with smaller and larger children.

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