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how to make a star of bethlehem

Creating a Star of Bethlehem decoration is a wonderful way to add a festive and symbolic touch to your holiday decor, especially during Christmas. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a simple Star of Bethlehem ornament:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Paper: You can use plain white paper, colored paper, or decorative paper, depending on your preference.
  2. Pencil and Eraser: For drawing the star template.
  3. Scissors: To cut out the star shape.
  4. Glue or Adhesive: To assemble the star.
  5. String or Ribbon: For hanging the ornament.
  6. Hole Punch (optional): To create a hole for hanging.


  1. Create a Star Template:
    • Draw a simple star template on a piece of paper. A classic Star of Bethlehem typically has five points, but you can choose any design you prefer. Use a ruler if you want straight lines.
  2. Cut Out the Template:
    • Carefully cut out the star shape using scissors. Be precise, as this will be your pattern for making the ornament.
  3. Trace the Template:
    • Place the star template on your chosen paper (plain, colored, or decorative), and trace around it with a pencil. You’ll need two identical star shapes to create a 3D ornament.
  4. Cut Out the Star Shapes:
    • Cut out the star shapes you traced. Make sure they match perfectly.
  5. Fold the Star Shapes:
    • Take one of the star shapes and fold it in half along one of its points, creating a crease.
  6. Add Glue:
    • Apply glue to one half of the folded star shape, making sure not to put glue on the entire surface. Leave some space near the center of the star unglued.
  7. Attach the Second Star Shape:
    • Carefully place the other star shape on top of the glued half, aligning the points and edges. Press firmly to secure the two star shapes together. The unglued halves of each star shape should be facing outward.
  8. Create a Hanging Loop (Optional):
    • If you want to hang the ornament, punch a small hole at the top point of the star and thread a piece of string or ribbon through it. Tie a knot to create a loop for hanging.
  9. Allow the Glue to Dry:
    • Let the glued star shapes dry completely. This may take a few minutes to an hour, depending on the type of glue used.
  10. Decorate (Optional):
    • You can decorate your Star of Bethlehem with glitter, sequins, or other embellishments to make it more festive and unique.
  11. Hang or Display:
    • Once the ornament is dry and any decorations are added, hang it on your Christmas tree, in a window, or anywhere you’d like to display it.

Your handmade Star of Bethlehem ornament is now ready to adorn your holiday decor. Feel free to experiment with different paper types, colors, and sizes to create a variety of stars to suit your style and preferences.