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DIY Tutorial: Paper Stars made out of Ads

Everyday when I open my mailbox it’s filled with paper ads. Credit card ads, Roofing companies, pizza deliveries etc. My stomach turns when I think about how much paper we throw away on a daily basis and how much it goes to waste. So why not use the paper ads and turn them into something fun and beautiful?!

Here is a quick and easy, especially cheap tutorial on how to add charm to your room.paper star reflecting santa in snow

This also reflects the last blog post I did on how to save money. I spend about 1-2$. And here are the the things you need:paper crafts , free, cheap, easy, stars

  • Your paper ads – use the carton ones, glossy, non gloss, doesn’t matter how much text, you will not know what it says afterwards. There are a couple election ads in there too 🙂
  • Exacto knife or scissors
  • Ruler to create the shape you like
  • Glue
  • Transparent paper, parchment paper, vellum paper

I created a star template and traced those on my ads,  cut out the shapes of the stars and then the inside. I used different sizes to use as much paper as possible and to minimize the waste. You can easily involve your kids on this too, it’s not that difficult.tutorial stars

Then I added glue to the outside and placed it on the transparent paper.

tutorial star

I put something heavy on the stars while they were drying, so they wouldn’t wave and stay flat.8After cutting of the outsides, I used double sided tape and put them on every window. Depending on the weather, the light creates a magical Winter Wonderland in our house.6

Or from the outside – we did get snow this week. I might have been a bit more excited about the snow than the kids. Almost couldn’t sleep and woke up our oldest a couple times 😀window outside displaying star

I also created these little villages out of paper for the windows. snow star,reflection

Paper Snowflake

Snowflakes

I saw on Pinterest different snowflakes and their pattern. I remembered how we used to create them in Kindergarten and school and decorated the window with them.

Paper Snowflake

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I didn’t want to put them on the windows, I rather wanted to attach them from the ceiling, because Elliott loves everything that moves and spins. He gets so fascinated by it and I love to watch him. We also bought a reindeer and a flying Santa last year in Germany. They are attached to a spring and when you pull on them the wings go up and down.

Reindeer and Snowflakes

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Snowflakes and Santa

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So I created different sizes of Snowflakes and different shapes. I didn’t follow any pattern and just went with the flow. Each Snowflake is different and I was always surprised how they turned out.

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I just used normal printing paper, letter size. Some of the snowflakes I folded 8x  and some of them 10x or 12x. The more you fold them, the harder it gets to cut them. I think if you use bigger paper, it might be easier with the cutting.

Paper Snowflakes with Santa

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Then I punched a hole in the Snowflakes and attached white thread. I bought these white pins and just pushed them with my fingers into the ceiling. None of the thread is the same length. This way it give it a little more depths.

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