Create your own stunning paper flower starlight0
Posted on 10th December 2020 by Barbara Moses
Christmas is only a couple of weeks away and I am busy completing Christmas makes for clients and also for my own home. Despite the misery and chaos that this dreadful pandemic has brought, there is still much to be grateful for. For one, you are still here. Sadly many are no longer with us and many of us will carry that loss with us forever but still, we must always have hope and believe that this too shall pass.
This week I am sharing a simple tutorial for how to make this lovely starlight which would make a perfect window display or a tree decoration. To make this starlight, here is what you will need:
- foam board
- 160/180gsm cardstock
- glue gun
- glue gun stick
- tweezer or quilling tool
- cutting machine or scissors
- rolled flower template (you can find free ones on the internet but they are just basic plain ones. I have bought a bundle from design bundles and Etsy at a ridiculously low price.
- micro fairy lights
- foam cutting tool
- red acrylic paint or any colour of your choice
- To cut my star perfectly, I first cut out the shape on cardstock using my Cricut. Design Space on Cricut has a shape tool and you can use the star on it but I didn't particularly like the shape so I found a free one here.
- Next I glued my star onto the foam board and using my cutting tool, I cut around the shape to get the perfect star.
- Because I used red flowers, I painted the star a red colour.
- When gluing the flowers onto the star, I did my best to pack them together as tightly as I could without ruining their shape. However, should any gaps show, they will not be obvious because the base is the same colour as the flowers.
- Next, I cut out the rolled flower template on my Cricut. You can do this by hand but it will take time. Having said that, your fine motor skills will be off the charts by the time you are done😁 . Depending on the size of your star, you will need a few hundred of these flowers.
- Place the tip of your flower template into your tweezer or the slot of your quilling tool and begin rolling around the tip of the tool. Please see video below.
- It is a good idea to create different sizes for your flowers because as you place them on the
start, you will find that some areas require smaller flowers while others require larger ones.
- Once you have all your flowers made, make a small hole in the middle of your star and feed the end of the lights so that it comes out on top. The lights I bought are battery powered so the component that holds the battery will be stuck on the back of the star once you have finished adding the flowers.
- Next, carefully wrap your fairy lights around the top or the edge of your star. Once you've gone around once, you will still have some lights left over. Start gluing your flowers on, then begin figuring out how you want the rest of your light to be placed. I placed the rest of my light sort of in the center of the star and there you have it.
- Attach ribbon or string to the back of your star and hang wherever you like. I have used mine as a window display.