How to Make a Christmas Tree Tin Foil Star

by Abby Slutsky

According to The History of Christmas, the Christmas star symbolizes "high hopes." Nevertheless, there is no concrete scientific verification that the star, reputed to be the guiding light for the three wise men searching for Jesus, actually existed. Speculation suggests the star may have been a meteorite but many believe in the legend and spirit of the Christmas star. Thus, a star is often placed atop a Christmas tree. While it is possible to purchase a ready-made star for your Christmas tree, making your own is less expensive. Your efforts will make the star more meaningful while adding a special homemade touch to your tree decorations.

Items you will need

  • Star template
  • Poster board
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Heavy duty tin foil
  • Clear tape
  • Stapler and staples
  • Glue stick
  • Silver glitter
  • Clothes pin
  • Silver spray paint
  • Optional newspaper
Step 1

Cut out a template from a ready-made picture of a star and carefully place it on the poster board. Family Fun has a printable star template. Trace the template with a pencil twice to make two separate stars.

Step 2

Remove the template and make sure your stars look even. Use scissors to cut out the stars. Hold them back-to-back and trim them so they are exactly the same size.

Step 3

Cut two pieces of heavy duty tin foil that are about 2 inches bigger than the star on all sides. Place the star on the foil and cut the foil in the shape of the star leaving at least 1 inch on all sides.

Step 4

Make sure the dull side of the foil is against the star on each side. Carefully fold the foil around the star and secure to the underside with clear tape. Repeat the process for the second star.

Step 5

Staple the stars together so the foil covered side faces outward on both sides. Use a glue stick and place a small amount of glue on the tip of each star point. Sprinkle silver glitter on the points. Shake off the excess glitter after it has dried for an hour.

Step 6

Apply the glitter to the back of the star when the first side is dry. Spray paint a clothes pin silver. Clip the clothes pin to an interior top branch so that the top of the clothes pin faces downward and the clip is positioned towards the top of the tree. Wedge or clip the edge of one tip of the star into the clip of the clothes pin so that it is securely positioned to the top of the tree. Make sure that the clothes pin is hidden by the tree's branches.

Tips & Warnings

  • Put the stars on newspaper before applying the glitter and spray paint. This will make clean up simple.
  • Do not use thin tin foil. The heavy duty foil is less likely to rip and will create a sturdier star.

Photo Credits

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