Origami Christmas Stars – What To Do With Your Wrapping Paper Scraps!

Got a few bits of your favorite wrapping paper that are too small to wrap with, but too cute to toss? Whip up one of these cuties in under 5 minutes, and you’ll have the perfect ornament, the perfect embellishment for a gift, the perfect little something extra, dash of handmade, that makes  your gift even more fantastic!

Enjoy, again!

Nikki, In Stitches

How-To: Christmas Stars

Originally Posted  January 21st, 2011


*6″ square piece of scrap wrapping paper

*Scrap embellishments to decorate the center


Have fun!!

Nikki, In Stitches

*This may look familiar to some of you!  A few months ago, I was a guest blogger on Waiting on Martha (Stewart), and unfortunately, since then, the blog has been taken down.  I have no idea why, and many of you are asking for the origami star directions, so I thought I’d post them here.

These made the perfect decorations for my monogrammed cookie jars!  Take a look here: Etched Glass Cookie Jars!


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37 Responses to Origami Christmas Stars – What To Do With Your Wrapping Paper Scraps!

  1. Marny says:

    Good idea! Thank you!

    You’re quite special.

    HEALTHY and happy holidays to you and yours.

  2. WOW! These are amazing! I’ll have to give them a try!

  3. Rachee says:

    What a great idea! I am so borrowing this for my library when we do a theme of night.

  4. I love this! I hate to throw away pretty wrapping paper. What a wonderful idea to reduce waste and make pretty things for free 🙂

  5. Love this! They remind me of those paper folded things that we played with as kids. A good craft to do in front of the tv, too.

  6. What a great idea, Nikki. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nikki says:

      Thanks, Paige! These actually started as a project I used to do with my students, waaaay back when, when I taught high school math. They’ve been a favorite ever since!

  7. sande says:

    thank you so much for this.. just fabulous..will teach it to some of the older kids on our holiday programme christmas special 🙂 superb instructions!!

    • Nikki says:

      Yay, Sande! So happy you made these! And please send pics of your event…I’d love to see all of the kids’ stars together!

  8. Sara says:

    I love your origami pattern! I’m working on an article about recycling wrapping paper for Thrifty and Green magazine; may I include a link to your site, and maybe a repost of the instructions (with full credit)?

    Thank you!

    Section Editor
    Living Green
    Thrifty and Green

    • Nikki says:

      Thanks so much! Of course you can repost! As long as you give full credit, you can have as much as you’d like! Thanks again…I’m flattered!
      PS…Would you mind sending me a link when the repost goes up? I’d love to share it with my readers!

  9. You are so creative : ) I just love these! Hope you had a merry Christmas.

  10. jojo says:

    c est trop beau merci
    depuis le temps je t envoie des mails pas de reponse bises

    (It is too good! Thank you!
    I emailed you but haven’t heard back. Kisses!)

    • Nikki says:

      Je vous remercie!
      Je suis tellement désolé! Je dois avoir manqué vos e-mails! J’espère que tout va bien!

      Thank you!
      I’m so sorry! I must have missed your emails! I hope all is well!!

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  13. Sandy Allen says:

    Hey – I know that star!! Is that from back in the Oak days??? Great memnories….

    • Nikki says:

      You know it, Sandy!
      Who would have thought my little “keep the kids busy the day before Christmas break” project would still be such a hit?!?!
      PS…Miss you! Hope all is well! XOXO

  14. This is ideal for my little sister – she loves origami. I know it’s an old post, but glad I stumbled upon it. Thanks! 🙂

  15. Chloe says:

    I got lost in the fourth picture, i do not understand.

  16. Chloe says:

    Never mind, I got it! This is fantastic, thank you for the great tutorial!

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  22. Sherri Tan says:

    My mother recently passed. She didn’t have much material possessions to leave us but a few tshirts and pants that I had memory animals made from.
    When going through her 2 boxes, I found wrapping paper from last Christmas, it says “No Peeking” , she had been famous for peeking in the far past.
    I might try to make ornaments for my sisters. Is there a way to preserve it better? About how big is it? I’m thinking of maybe cutting a clear ornament in half and encasing it.

    Do you have any other memorial type crafts for Christmas paper?

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