3D Star Ornament

by Wendy Klein

Use star dies to create this dimensional ornament.


  • Metallic cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Silver Foil cardstock, Silver Glimmer cardstock, and Brushed Silver cardstock used here)
  • Coordinating designer paper (Home for Christmas used)
  • Die cutting machine
  • Scoring tool
  • Five nesting star dies (Stars Framelits from SU used here)
  • Die cut sentiment (Wonderful Wreath Framelits used here)
  • Paper piercing guide (optional, Eclectic Paper Piercing Pack used here)
  • Paper piercing tool
  • 1/8" circle punch
  • 1/8" ribbon
  • Adhesive (Glue Dots, Foam Dimensionals, Two Way Glue)


  1. Step 1

    Cut the first star from metallic cardstock using the largest star die. Score from the outer point of each arm to the inner point or elbow on the opposite side.

  2. Fold out (mountain fold) on the arms and in (valley fold) on the elbows.

  3. Step 2

    Cut the second star from coordinating designer paper using the second largest star die. Score and fold as before.

  4. Step 3

    Cut the third star from foil paper using the next nesting die, with the smallest die set inside to cut out the center. Pierce the outer and inner edges of the star using a piercing guide and your piercing tool. Score and fold as before.

  5. Step 4

    Cut the fourth star from metallic cardstock, using the fourth largest nesting die with the smallest die set inside to cut out the center. Leave this star flat.

  6. Step 5

    Die cut a sentiment of choice from glitter paper.

  7. Step 6

    Add foam dimensionals to the back side of the second star, on 3 elbows. Attach it to the largest star at an offset angle and slightly downward.

  8. Step 7

    Add foam dimensionals to the back side of the third star, on 3 elbows. Attach it to the second star, offset at a diagonal and slightly downward.

  9. Step 8

    Add glue dots to the back side of the fourth star.

  10. Attach it to the ornament, offset in the opposite direction and slightly downward.

  11. Step 9

    Attach the die cut sentiment.

  12. Punch an 1/8" hole at the top of the ornament, and string ribbon or cording through the hole. Top it off with a bow tied around the base of the ribbon as a finishing touch.

  13. Step 10

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for 3D Star Ornament. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

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That is so neat, cool, outstanding!
Bette  |  Wed Dec 9, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Thanks for sharing Wendy--great idea to use our dies!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Dec 9, 2015 at 6:21 AM
This was so helpful to me. I always liked the look of a pointed star but never thought of using the score board to create the folds. I can use my Cricut to cut out the stars 1/4 difference in size and a star punch for the cut out. I also have phrases on different holiday cartridges to use for the theme. Thanks so much for this creation! It's a new way to use so many papers I have collected. I think that the choice of DSP can personalize the ornament to the recipient.
ciocidi aka Diane  |  Wed Dec 9, 2015 at 6:42 AM
Love this--great job on your tutorial!
Debbie Olson  |  Wed Dec 9, 2015 at 7:12 AM
Awesome! I have everything except SU dies, but I do have a set of star dies that will work! Thanks for sharing your talent!
muscrat  |  Wed Dec 9, 2015 at 7:20 AM
FYI if you use a sharpie to draw a line down one of the grooves on your score board Might want to use silver on SU scoreboard but I used black on my Scor-pal it will help to line up your points etc when scoring...it would have made getting the correct score line much easier when mKing the star ornament. It helps you find the correct groove every time.
kath harney  |  Wed Dec 9, 2015 at 8:18 AM
Wendy, great tutorial. Beautiful ornament ... I love your paper/cardstock choices. Well done!
Leanne Cyr  |  Wed Dec 9, 2015 at 8:41 AM
Wendy you are such a clear and easy to follow teacher - thank you for this amazing tutorial!
lydia  |  Wed Dec 9, 2015 at 8:53 AM
Thank you for sharing this! I think I can apply this idea to a Christmas card or two. Thanks for the inspiration!
Kathren Inocencio  |  Thu Dec 10, 2015 at 8:57 PM
This is just GORGEOUS!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork!
J F  |  Sun Dec 13, 2015 at 9:39 PM
These were adductive! I made nine but will probably make more!
muscrat  |  Tue Dec 15, 2015 at 7:35 PM
Thank you very much for this tutorial. It's a little late for this year, but I still have time to gather everything I need for next year. What a great gift or just an "I love you" treat.

Wow wee this is going to be fun! Merry Christmas and Happy 2016!

Carol. in the SF Bay Area- rain at last!
Carol  |  Thu Dec 24, 2015 at 3:50 PM
Love it! Do you offer classes in Littleton or CO area? I'm in Castle Rock and work near you, looking for fellow crafters.
Susan Farrell  |  Mon Dec 28, 2015 at 3:58 PM
I'm fortunate to live near Wendy and have her as a demonstrator! She did a fabulous Springtime version of this for my party project not to mention the possibilities with Memorial Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, Halloween, and New Years also! It is so much easier than it looks and turns out fabulous!
Susan Farrell  |  Mon Jun 13, 2016 at 7:43 AM

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