Wrapping Paper Starburst Ornament

Recycle gift wrap to make unique tree ornaments or assemble a beautiful mobile.

This is a great way to recycle the wrappings from your gifts ~ be it from a birthday or from Christmas or any other occasion for that matter.

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Materials:

  • gift wrap (enough for 14 - 6 inch squares)
  • rubber band (flat)
  • old CD for pattern
  • glue
  • toothpick
  • sharpened pencil
  • needle and thread or dental floss
  • paperclips
  • optional: tweezers

Directions:

  1. Start by smoothing the used gift wrap if necessary. Then cut 14 squares about 6 inches square. Stack and paper clip together. This will enable you to cut the circles all at the same time to save time on this project.
  2. Draw a 5 inch circle on the back side of the top square and cut the circles. A perfect template for the circle is an old CD. You know, one of those that AOL keeps sending you. *Smile*

  3. Fold each circle into quarters, then unfold and restack and clip with paper clips. Mark the center where all the folds intersect by pushing a pin through all circles.
  4. Divide circle into eight segments by cutting along creases and halfway between, slitting from the edge to half an inch from the center pin hole. You can draw lines to make this cutting step easier. The lines will not show in the finished starburst. Use photo 2 as a guide.
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  6. Wind each segment around the point of a sharpened pencil, forming a cone. See photos 3 and 4.
  7. Use a very small drop of white glue on a toothpick to secure the edge.
  8. Cut two pieces of a flat rubber band, and a 12-15 inch piece of strong thread. I use dental floss for the thread. Thread a sewing needle with this and tie a double knot in one end. Place one piece of the rubber band on the thread above the knot.
  9. Thread seven stars face down using the center pin holes. Thread the remaining seven stars face up. Thread on the second piece of rubber band, and push the band snugly against the 14 stars.
  10. A tweezers is a help with this step. It isn't necessary to tie a knot at the top as the rubber band will prevent slipping. Make a loop at the top end of your thread for hanging your ornament.

By Harlean from Hot Springs, AR

November 1, 20060 found this helpful

Dear Harlean, this is a great idea and you are very clever to think of it. It wish I had the patience to make it. Thanks for sharing.

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November 1, 20060 found this helpful

Wow! Fantastic! I can't wait to try this.

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November 2, 20060 found this helpful

COOL!! My kids will LOVE making this. Thanks for the idea and great pictures.

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November 3, 20060 found this helpful

WOW...thanks for sharing such a beautiful ideal

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November 3, 20060 found this helpful

this is definitely something Im making!! How beautiful and clever and God Bless you for sharing!! There are lots of families who can not afford to put much on thier trees and this is a beautiful way to decorate!!Im making a bunch of them and saving them to use for as many years as I possibly can-Thanks!!

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November 3, 20060 found this helpful

You have done a great job in giving clear instructions, including the photos, for this clever ornament. Just imagine how impressive this will be with those metallic wrapping papers!! Thanks for a terrific idea.

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November 3, 20060 found this helpful

Harlean, this is so gorgeous! I am going to make some of these to give to friends for Christmas! Thanks!

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November 3, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks for the great directions, I'm going to attempt to do this with the elderly lady I take care of, it seems like something that we could both do together with not much difficulty

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November 4, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you for this one!! I am always in the mood for Christmas way ahead of time with not much that I can be doing. This is a perfect thing to get me going!! Great instructions and the pictures are very good.

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November 4, 20060 found this helpful

This really hit my eye. I have been thinking it might be fun to make it out of the sparkly felt or even some of the glittery material.

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November 4, 20060 found this helpful

Had several of these from the '40's. Were made from left over wallpaper. Thank you for the pattern.

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November 6, 20060 found this helpful

I can see it now......The Thanksgiving meal is cleaned up, the game is on, and a few of us are enjoying a conversation but we are also enjoying making these ornaments for my dream Christmas, having homemade ornaments on the tree! Thank you so much. You have really made my day.

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November 7, 20060 found this helpful

Dear Harlean,

My mother grew up in a small village in Poland. Her family made decorations from scratch because they were too poor to buy them.

The children would collect tossed cigarette wrappers and save the silver foil to make decorations. My mom, Regina Wnukowski, has been making these Polish "porcupines" for us since as long as I can remember.

I have great memories, sitting at the dining room table with my mom and sisters, making these porcupines.

Last year, my mom started making HUGE ones, about 10 inches in diameter. Great for hanging from fans and ceiling fixtures at Christmas. Great directions. Sto lat.

Thanks,

Jean Conley

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November 14, 20060 found this helpful

thanks for posting this! My mom taught me to make these when I was little (she learned as a young girl in Germany). I had forgotten how, and worried that I might not find instructions online. You're the best!

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December 1, 20060 found this helpful

What a lovely ornament! I am itching to pull out my old wrapping paper! I bet this would be beautiful made from some of the lovely scrapbook papers available! Thanks for sharing!

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December 2, 20060 found this helpful

I love these. I made some for a nursing home one year. Had forgotten all about them. Is there a way to save them from year to year? Thanks!

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December 22, 20060 found this helpful

I was so thankful to find this pattern again. My children and I made these when they were young and they were used over and over for many years. I finally threw out the last one a couple of years ago and had wished for a long time to find the pattern.

Someone asked about storing them. I just gently put them in a box and sealed it. I wrote on the box what was in it and in large letters but handle with care.

They were used for at least 30 years until they were too faded to use.

Thanks again for the pattern.

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January 12, 20070 found this helpful

great idea! looks fun and easy-thanks to your directions and pics. am dying to try this. if i succeed,everyone young and old alike in town will be making these. THANK YOU.

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January 21, 20070 found this helpful

This is an awsome idea. I saw a post that someone had one made a while ago with wall paper. How would i do this idea with wall paper? I have several books that I could use.

Thanks

glo

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January 22, 20070 found this helpful

These are so awesome. I remember making these as a child in the 50's. we used the paper wrappers from bread for the paper.

I have been looking for instructions for these for years. (I could only remember part of them) So THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH

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March 16, 20070 found this helpful

Hai, Iam jayanthy from India. Happened to see this site today and was taken aback by this X mas ornament. With shining gift wrappers, it is bound to show still better. Hats off to the idea . I will try today itself. Thanks.

Jayanthy

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December 8, 20070 found this helpful

It's called a Polish Porcupine ball, and I make them from color pages out of a magazine.

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December 24, 20070 found this helpful

Found this great project searching for another homemade ornament. Reminds me of a wreath I made as a Cub Scout. We cut the center out of a paper plate, made the same points used here from 3x5 cards, glued them in rings around the plate from the outside in, with the tabs of the center ring wrapped around behind. Spray painted them silver or gold and put glitter on them. Scraps of wrapping paper as the "points" would have saved the den mother a lot of cleanup afterward. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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