Judging by the Paper Bag Christmas Cards I made earlier this week, I like to use household items to make pretty things.
Hang it on a tree, tie it on a package, or set it on a bookshelf. However you display it, these stars (flower, maybe?) are lovely. and sparkly. and use book pages. and toilet paper rolls.
- 1 toilet paper roll
- ruler, pencil, scissors
- glue – preferably with a pointed applicator
- 1-2 old book pages
- glitter [optional]
- button/pearl for the center [optional]
Toilet Paper Roll Star:
Flatten each roll and mark off 1/2″ segments along both sides of its length.
Cut across the roll using the marks as guidelines to make pointed oval (marquise) segments. You only need 6 pieces to create this star. Use leftovers for more stars or some other crafty project.
Place a dot of glue about 1/8″ from the tip of one oval and press it into the same spot of another oval. Wait 30 seconds or so for the glue to dry and continue the process until all the ovals are glued together (creating the star/flower shape).
As you continue to glue, the marquise shape will spread out to create the “petals”. You may have to help them along a bit so they don’t tear apart.
Let the star dry while you work on the book page center.
Book Page Medallion:
My method for making the book page medallion was very experimental. I’ll tell you how I did the one above, but would encourage you to check out any tutorial online for making paper medallions for a clear explanation of how you SHOULD make paper medallions.
I decided how wide I wanted my medallion and cut two strips of book page to that width.
Each strip was folded accordion style, about 1/4″ (ish) wide and then folded in half to create a middle crease.
The pieces of paper closest to each other in the crease were glued together, giving me two semi-circles of accordion book page. Glue the semi circles together and voila!
I created a placket to attach the star and medallion because there are so many thin edges on both pieces.
Cut a square of card stock and glue to center of the star. Glue the medallion to the card stock.
Use a toothpick to apply glue to random edges and sprinkle glitter liberally over the glue. Let dry for a minute then tap off excess glitter. Tap over a piece of paper so you can recycle the glitter.
Add a button or pearl to the center.
I tied mine on to a package of gingerbread granola for a hostess gift.