I originally meant to make them for Father's Day, and then for the Fourth of July, and finally I ended up making them on Ella's birthday, during her nap, and hanging them approximately 20 minutes before friends arrived for dinner. I truly can procrastinate with the best of them.
But seriously, these were incredibly easy and also looked incredibly festive. So much so that I may never take them down.
Step 1: Choose a festive piece of paper (I used pages from an unbound picture book I'd picked up at a conference, but magazine paper, scrapbook paper, or wrapping paper would all work too).
Step 2: Fold the paper diagonally with the printed side of the paper on the outside, keeping the bottom edge even. If you don't have a square piece of paper, you'll have some overhang left (that white strip on the edge of mine).
Step 3: Cut off any overhanging paper, so you now have a perfect square.
Step 4: Fold your paper diagonally the other direction. Lay your paper out flat.
Step 5: Now, with the printed side of the paper on the inside, fold your square in half. Repeat in the other direction so you now have a fold running down the middle of your paper both horizontally and vertically, intersecting in the middle.
Step 7: Fold in the sides along each of the four cuts to meet the diagonal line.
Step 8: Using a glue stick or some other adhesive, glue one side of each of the pairs of flaps you just folded and press the unglued side over the glued side.
Ta-da! You now have half a star. Repeat about ten thousand times. Feel grateful for audiobooks or television to entertain you while you do this.
Step 9: Using a hot glue gun, place a dab of glue on the spots indicated in figure 9. Press another star half against the dots, with the two halves rotated so that your star points are alternating.
Step 10: Using a needle and some strong thread (I used quilting thread I had lying around), poke a hole about 1/2 an inch below one of the tips and thread the string through. You can string the stars in one long garland or hang each one individually. I tied the thread on mine to clear pushpins and put them straight into the ceiling.
You'd better believe that, come Christmas, I will be making a whole fleet of these in silver and gold and in various sizes. And it will be marvelous.