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DIY Paper Bag Star

Let me start by saying that this is one of the most simple DIY's out there.  So if you are looking for a rainy-day activity to do with the kiddos, this one is perfect.  Just wait until you see the look on their faces when you open up the bags and it makes a beautiful star, it's priceless.

I'm also convinced that these would be stunning for a wedding backdrop in various sizes, hanging at different heights.  I'm not going to make that many though, so someone else will have to give it a go and let me know how it comes out.

You really don't need many supplies and you'll likely have everything around the house, except for the bags.  I bought mine from Amazon here but I'm sure you could find them at the grocery store.  Just make sure that they're "pinch bottom" bags and not "fold-out bottom" bags.  

Supplies needed

  • 8 Paper Pinch-Bottom Bags
  • Gluestick
  • Scissors
  • Watercolor Paints (not necessary but they do have a neat effect)
  • Paint Brush
  • Water
  • Fishing Line (for hanging)
Supplies Needed for DIY Star

Once you have everything you need, find a surface that you don't mind getting a bit messy.  We have a painting table specifically for these projects, but if you don't, I'd recommend putting down newspaper and saran wrap.  The watercoloring gets a bit messy!

step 1: paint, paint, paint!

The pinched part of the bag will be the center of your star, keep that in mind if you're going for an ombre effect.

The pinched part of the bag will be the center of your star, keep that in mind if you're going for an ombre effect.

First step is to paint your 8 bags.  They will need a bit of drying time, so go ahead and make more than one star!  I suggest painting the first bags, hanging them to dry, and then painting the next 8 while they're drying.

This will get messy, but that's part of the fun!

This will get messy, but that's part of the fun!

Paint the entire bag on both sides.  I started at the pinched bottom part (which will be the center of your star) and made my way down.  That way, the watercolor could drip down as I painted for a bit of an ombre effect.  Keep painting until you've painted all 8 on both sides!

Finished bag!

Finished bag!

step 2: dry, dry, dry!

So pretty in the light!

So pretty in the light!

Next you will want to dry your bags.  We ended up doing this on a gorgeous day and hung them on the clothesline outside.  It was absolutely perfect and the bags were dry in about 30 minutes.  They do dry quickly, so there isn't too much waiting time.  You will want to make sure they are completely dry before moving on to the next step though, or the glue will not stick.

step 3: glue, glue glue!

dried bags, 8 of them

This next part might seem tricky, but it's really not so DON'T OVERTHINK IT!  All you have to do is a bit of simple gluing and stacking.  Grab one bag and glue in a "T" shape like the photo below. The top of the "T" being the bottom of the bag (the pinched part) and the stem of the "T" running down the middle.  You will not be gluing along the top of the bag where the opening is.

Glue down the bottom of the bag and across the seam

Glue down the bottom of the bag and across the seam

See?  Pretty simple.  Once you've glued your "T", you are going to place a bag on top of the glue, so you are stacking them.  They'll all be going the same direction, so make sure you line up the bottoms and tops the best you can.

Layer the bags, lining up the bottoms and tops together to get a stack.

Layer the bags, lining up the bottoms and tops together to get a stack.

Press down where you glued to ensure the bond.

Press down where you glued to ensure the bond.

You will end up with a stack of glued bags!

You will end up with a stack of glued bags!

step 4: cut, cut, cut!

Cut the bags to make a point, the tip of the point being in the middle of the opening.

Cut the bags to make a point, the tip of the point being in the middle of the opening.

Cut a "V" shape to make the points of the star, starting from half-way down the bag and cutting toward the opening.  The point of the "V" should be in the middle of the opening.

Cut one side

Cut one side

...and then down the other side, so you end up with a point at the opening of the bags.

...and then down the other side, so you end up with a point at the opening of the bags.

step 5: open, open, open!

Slide your hand into the top bag opening and open like a fan!

Slide your hand into the top bag opening and open like a fan!

Here comes the best part guys, opening the star!  I like to open it up before I glue the two sides together, but it's totally up to you.  If you want it to be finished, do the "T" gluing on one end again so that when it's open, the two sides will be glued together.

Open it all the way, slowly to make sure glue is dry.

Open it all the way, slowly to make sure glue is dry.

These two ends will need to be glue together, using the same gluing method from before.

These two ends will need to be glue together, using the same gluing method from before.

Once you've glued the final "T", you can press the ends together for a finished product!

Once you've glued the final "T", you can press the ends together for a finished product!

Your final product should look like this!  I poked a small hole through the top of the point so I could use fishing line to hang it. 

Star face!

Star face!

The final product, hanging stars!

The final product, hanging stars!

They really do look pretty cool suspended from the ceiling.  I think with some twinkle lights and a bunch of stars these could make for a pretty stunning wedding decoration.  Let us know what you end up doing with them, we'd love to see some pics!