Circle stars

A beautiful Christmas craft project

Community Playthings | December 2019

With just three folds and a cut, even a young child can create a beautiful star out of a circle of paper.

1. First, trace around a cup or similar object to make a circle. Try different objects for different size stars.

Child's hands drawing a circle on paper

2. Cut out the circle.

Child's hands with scissors cutting a circle out of a piece of paper

3. Fold the circle in half, in half again, and again in half (three folds).

Illustration of folding a circle into a half circle, quarter circle, eighth

4. Start at the point of your pie slice and cut a straight line down the middle. But don't cut through the crust leave an edge to hold your star together.

Cutting into the point of the folded paper with scissors

5. Open and fold out the points to make a star.

Child's hands folding the points of the star to the outside of the circle

Older children can try this more intricate variation. Make two straight cuts parallel to the first cut, one on either side, then open and fold out points.

Illustration of cutting and folding a more complex circle star

Decorate a card with the finished star, or use it as a hanging decoration. You may want to mount it on another colour of paper, or encase it in clear contact paper. By making different cuts, folding out different points, or mounting in creative combinations, the possibilities are endless. Have fun coming up with your own unique stars.

Two finished circle stars

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3–5 Years, Primary School
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