Christmas is pretty much here guys! Always my busiest time of the year because, for this one month only, it’s perfectly acceptable to display 5000 crafted items around home and there isn’t a thing the boyfriend can do about it! Man we need more holidays like this throughout the year.
It’s the perfect time to have a go at making something special and sometimes all you need is a bit of paper and glue. Christmas is an ideal excuse for a crafter-noon with friends or family. Get some nibbles and drinks together and make a day of it!
This week I made this paper star lantern using my Brother ScanNCut machine (which I’m still obsessed with – if you are a keen paper crafter you NEED to look at getting one!) If you don’t have a ScanNCut you could still definitely make this by hand using my simpler template below. Keep your eyes peeled on social media shortly as Brother actually have an awesome competition coming up too!
- White thick paper (mine was 280gsm)
- Coloured cellophane
- Gold card
- Glue stick
- Super Glue
- Hole punch
- ScanNCut machine or scissors/craft knife
- For SVG files for ScanNCut: Plain Star and Patterned Star
- Regular PDF files: Plain Star and Patterned Star
If you’re using a ScanNCut Machine, load one of the above SVG files into the BrotherScanNCut Online Canvas and you can play around with the designs inside the shape to your choosing. When it’s all done, save to a USB and plug into the machine.
Load your paper onto the cutting mat
Quick tip – I like to add a bit of washi tape to the edges like the below just to keep it extra secure
Load the mat in the machine. On the screen go to Pattern > Saved Data > USB. Select your template and start cutting.
Another quick tip – once the machine has cut around the outside of the shape, I like to add some extra washi tape to keep the paper extra secure while it cuts the small inner details. See the below example (helpful if your mat needs a nice clean like mine currently!)
Cut 5 of these templates in total.
If you’re making this the old school way, simply print your template onto paper and cut it out by hand.
Next step is to add your gold card details to random areas of the star. Place your template on top of the back of your gold card and use a pencil to trace around the shape you wish to cover, then you’ll know how much to cut. Glue in place with a glue stick.
Now cut a piece of cellophane large enough to cover one whole side and glue in place with a glue stick. I just went with an aqua blue colour but you could mix it up with lots of different coloured pieces.
Repeat this with all of your 5 pieces. Make sure all of your template are facing the same way though! You want this extra tab which you can see below on the right hand side to always sit on the right.
Next fold all of your dash marked edges so that it looks like the below
Apply some super glue to the top of the side tab and place the template together and hold for 30 seconds until dry. Do this for all 5 pieces.
Apply glue to one of the two top tabs and connect with another piece. Once one side is dry, apply glue to the 2nd top tab and repeat. Do this with all 5 pieces and your star will start to take shape like the below!
When you’re all done, punch a small hole in the top of one point ready for hanging. Tie some string in a knot to secure it place.
and you’re done!