how to make the star of bethlehem

Creating a representation of the Star of Bethlehem, which is often associated with the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus, can be a meaningful craft project or decoration. Here’s how you can make a simple Star of Bethlehem:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Cardstock or heavy paper: Choose a color that represents the star’s radiance, such as gold or yellow.
  2. Scissors: To cut out the star shape.
  3. Pencil: For tracing the star template.
  4. String or ribbon: To hang the star if desired.
  5. Glue or adhesive tape: To assemble the star.


  1. Prepare a Star Template:
    • Start by drawing a star template on a piece of paper or cardboard. You can create a simple 5-pointed star by drawing a pentagon (a five-sided shape) first and then connecting the points to form the star shape. Alternatively, you can find printable star templates online and use one as a guide.
  2. Trace the Star:
    • Place the star template on your cardstock or heavy paper, and trace around it with a pencil. You’ll need two identical star shapes for your ornament.
  3. Cut Out the Stars:
    • Carefully cut along the pencil lines to create two identical star shapes.
  4. Decorate the Stars (Optional):
    • If you want to add some sparkle or decoration to your Star of Bethlehem, you can use glitter, sequins, or metallic markers to embellish the stars. Allow any added decorations to dry completely before moving on.
  5. Assemble the Star:
    • Place one of the star cutouts face down on your work surface.
    • If you’d like to hang the star as an ornament, attach a piece of string or ribbon to the top point of the star. Create a loop and secure it with glue or tape.
    • Apply a thin line of glue or adhesive tape around the edges of the star, leaving an opening for stuffing (if desired).
    • Carefully place the second star cutout on top, aligning the points and edges.
    • Press the two star shapes together, making sure the edges match up. If you’re using glue, allow it to dry completely.
  6. Add Stuffing (Optional):
    • If you want to give your star some dimension, you can add a small amount of stuffing (cotton, tissue paper, or a small piece of foam) through the opening before sealing it with glue or tape.
  7. Final Touches:
    • Once the star is assembled and any added decorations or stuffing are in place, allow it to dry completely if you used glue.
    • Trim any excess string or ribbon if you made an ornament.
  8. Display Your Star:
    • Your Star of Bethlehem is now ready to be displayed. You can hang it on your Christmas tree, place it in a nativity scene, or use it as part of your holiday decorations.

This simple craft project allows you to create a symbol of hope and faith associated with the Christmas story. Customize it as you like, and enjoy the beauty and meaning it adds to your holiday decor.

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