3-D Cardboard Star


I have one thing from my Fourth of July mantel done, wahoo! I better get cracken cause the 4th is just around the corner! If you are in a Independence Day mode too, why not make one of these fun 3-D cardboard stars!

Here is what I did: Grab an empty box of cereal.  Trace and cut out two stars.  The template I used for the stars can be found here.  Score both stars from their tips to the indented parts (5 times each star). Push the stars out on the score lines by the tips and push in by the indented parts.

If that doesn’t make sense to you, head over and follow this tutorial.

Glue the stars together. I used hot glue.

Once dry, spray paint them your color of choice. Distress with ink if desired.

**UPDATE: I now have the template available for download.  You can find it on this post. 
You can also see another 3d cardboard shape I made here!
Linking to:
Tip Junkie handmade projects
The Lettered Cottage


  1. I can’t believe that is cardboard! Amazing!!!

  2. You are such a life saver. I was wanting to make a bunch of stars like that in different sizes from my family room and stuff, so I was planning on search the internet tonight for some inspiration and then I just happen to come across this at TT&J so I didn’t even have to look. This is perfect. thanks! I featured it on my blog tonight.

  3. I just used this same technique on a project I did. I love that you made such a large star! It does not look like cardboard at all! I LOVE it! Visiting from TT&J.

  4. This is fabulous! I love those big tin stars I’ve been seeing in stores…but I just can’t justify the price tag, cardboard definitely fits in my budget!

  5. These are beyond amazing- I am going to try them today! Can you come link it to my new summer link party? I’m sharing all kinds of warm weather party ideas!


  6. I love these! You’d never know it was cardboard! I was surprised and flattered to see that you used my tutorial for these, what a fun twist to make a completely different craft, I love it!!


  7. Just love this! I can’t believe you made it out of cardboard! I’ve got to check out that tutorial and want to try one of these. Thanks for sharing and so excited about how great yours turned out!

  8. What a fun and easy idea. I’m totally going to try it. Thank you for sharing.

  9. I would have never thought my empty cereal boxes could turn into a super cute decoration! It looks amazing and I am going to try it. Can I ask you how you used ink to distress it? Did you use a marker? I’ve never done anything like this before, but I am so impressed with these I would love to try them!

  10. I can’t believe this was made out of a cereal box! Love it and can’t wait to make some of my own!!!

  11. Oh my gosh that looks like metal! This is so super cool!

    Found you via Todays Creative Blog Link Party!!

  12. LOVE!! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/tuesday-confessional-link-party.html. I hope to see you soon!

  13. I see that I’m not the only one that loves this star project! Fabulous! I’ve featured it on my website today with a few other projects and I hope you’ll have a look. I’m also ‘following’ so that I can see what you’ll be doing next! Michael


  14. These are gorgeous! I’m really excited to try them out.

  15. Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Confessional. You’ve been featured, so grab yourself a button and get your brag on! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/stars-and-stripes-patriotic-tuesday.html

  16. I *love* this! So simple and such a great end product! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  17. What a great idea Lisa – so pretty!! I love everything you do! I featured you today in my Friday I’m in Love favorites. Check it out!


    – Jenn @ Social Salutations

  18. You always come up with the greatest things! Love the star!!
    I will feature this at tomorrow’s linky party! 🙂
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!

  19. Thanks so much for posting this! I have been looking everywhere for stars like this (but cheap!) for our nursery we are decorating, I’d much rather make them myself, thanks!!!

  20. This is so me! Thank you for posting such a great tutorial! Now I know what to do with all the diaper boxes I have laying around!


  21. I just made some thanks for sharing!

    I’m also a few follower! I’m excited to see what else comes up on your blog! 🙂

    I’m just getting my own blog started, feel free to check it out if you want (and see my stars!) http://breezypinkdaisies.blogspot.com

  22. I wonder how this would look if, instead of cardboard, you glued a doily to a sheet of clear, thin plastic, then made the star? Thin enough to cut out of course, similar to the stuff they use on overhead projectors.
    I’d guess it would make a lace star of some beauty.
    A little glitter on the points perhaps…..:-)

  23. This is unbelievable! Thanks for sharing.

  24. Wow…how cool. So many people out here in Texas have stars like that for decor (cause of the Texas star…though certainly can just be a Christmas star too). I was wondering if you would mind if I used one of your pictures to share this on a future crafts post on texifornia.blogspot.com? (Linked back to your blog of course). ecarian at yahoo dot com

  25. I’m a big fan of trash to treasure! Great project! Going to make mine today.

  26. I found this on Pinterest. How easy! Thank you for the idea!

    XO Diane

  27. Fun! I’ve been trying to make these for a while, never very satisfied, but now I’m going to try again! Thanks for the inspiration! ~Heidi

    (found via Pinterest)

  28. Hi have just linkd to your post, great job
    Vonnie x

  29. Love these! They look great!

  30. These look great! I featured this project on my blog http://www.therusticalley.blogspot.com. Love the way they turned out!

  31. id love to feature your little star project on my revival monday if that would be ok with you please let me know.

  32. Awesome project! I just wanted to let you know that I featured it yesterday on “You Sew Rock Me Fridays” at my blog Sew Rockin’. Here’s the link: http://www.sewrockin.com/2011/12/16/you-sew-rock-me-fridays-9.

  33. Hi! I love this idea but I just CAN NOT get my star to be even!!! do you have a pattern that you use for your 5 point star?? lol thank you!

  34. Star Love. Those are great.
    I love inexpensive design solutions! Thanks for sharing,

  35. This star is absolutely gorgeous! It is amazing to see all these things that can be done with a ordinary cereal box. I hope that it’s okay, I just finished a cereal box crafts round-up and just couldn’t help but feature your 3D star. You can see it here:


    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  36. What a creative idea! Thanks for sharing! I made some following your instructions. The only thing I changed was gluing all around the bottom, then filling it with shredded paper (which I just recycled from the shredder) to help maintain its shape, which worked out quite well. 🙂

  37. this is gorgeous, i had a go at making a test one but i made the arms too narrow so it didnt end up very 3D! good excuse to make some more though 🙂 pictures here http://abimakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/paper-flowers-and-3d-star-try-outs.html

  38. I love upcycling and this is one of the cutest ideas ever! Thanks for sharing and I’ll be linking to my facebook!

  39. It starts with draw or trace a star….hmmm. wonder how you do that! My stars are not very good. Did you use a print of a star or did you free hand it? Any ideas from anyone on where to get a star template to use on this wonderful project?

  40. this is the template i used and it makes an 8inch star


  41. Wow. This really looks so amazing and the fact that it was made from cereal box makes it even better. This is just a perfect simple project especially that the holidays are nearing. Imagine a Christmas tree filled with such beautiful stars! Thank you for sharing this inspiration, even to those who are thinking of ways on how to re-use or repurpose with using shredding Houston papers for instance. Again, this is just amazing.

  42. Awesome work…its looking so amazing…thanks for sharing…!! Plastic cards

  43. Hi Lisa!

    I recently switched to wordpress and some of my redirects aren’t working correctly. This one that you linked to seems to work ok, but goes to a different page first. If you wouldn’t mind switching it out for this one, I’d appreciate it! http://gluesticksblog.com/2010/07/summer-3-d-star-wreath.html. Either way it will still work, but the new link goes directly to my new site. Thanks!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Hi Brandy!
      I changed the link. Arrg. Moving to WordPress. My move didn’t go as smoothly as I thought it would. Hope your move is going better! I have been loving all the recipes you have been posting lately!

  44. More than 2 1/2 years after you posted this Star and your instructions I found the picture on Pinterest (and of course repined it to my board). Today I found your instructions! Yippie! I’m saving up my cereal boxes to make this. I love stars and have metal and cast iron ones around my house. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    • greylustergirl says:

      That is crazy how things work out like that! I am glad you found it! I would love to see a finished pic if you end up making one!

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