How to Make Gorgeous Free Printable Map Star Decorations

3D Map star Christmas Decoration

I just love working with maps, as they are a stylish way of personalizing and adding interest to a craft. In the past I’ve used them to upcycle some chairs and to add vintage style to a suitcase. Decorating and crafting with maps is a great way to pay homage to a favorite destination or a place that you have lived.
As I am now getting well into my Christmas crafting I thought an interesting decoration to make this year would be these 3D Map Stars. I have provided you with 2 free Map star printables so you can make your own: A vintage world map and a blank template.
I have also discovered that this is a great teen craft. It’s the only craft I’ve been doing that my teenage boys have wanted to join in with. I think it’s because it involves maps and math? Not sure why.
Maps are a fun way to personalize and add interest to decorations. Here's a free printable and tutorial to make a fantastic 3D Map star Christmas decoration
Map Stars Free Printable
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What you need to make a 3D Map Star


  • The free templates. 3D star map template, or if using your own maps, the 3D blank star template.
  • If using your own maps you will need to scan these into your computer first, print and then use this paper to print the blank template onto. There are some lovely free downloadable maps at
  • Printer.
  • Heavy paper, I use paper that is 240gsm. You will need 4 sheets of A4 per star.
  • Blunt knife, scissors and ruler.
  • A strong quick drying paper glue, I used a clear UHU glue.

3D Map stars Template free download


How to make a 3D Map Star

  • Print your templates. The map stars are made up of 2 shapes an icosahedron; a 20 sided base and 20 tall pyramids.
  • Make the icosahedron; cut out the net and score the bold lines using a blunt knife and ruler. Your shape should easily fold up into this 20 sided ball, put glue on all the tabs as you fold it into shape.

3D Map Stars free download

  • You should have 3 sheets of pyramid nets, 7 on each sheet. That’s 21 pyramids in total but you only need 20.
  • As before cut out your pyramid nets and score the bold lines.
  • Fold the pyramids into shape and glue along the long tab.
  • Using the 3 smaller tabs on the base of the pyramid glue them one by one to the icosahedron base.
  • When all 20 pyramids are glued your 3D map star is finished.
    3D Map Stars free download
    Map Stars Free Printables
    As already mentioned you can use the free blank star template to create a 3D Map star of your own design. Living in Bedford I decided to one from a local map. To do this I scanned in a local map of Bedford, printed it out on to my heavy paper. I then put this paper back into my printers paper feed and printed the blank 3D Map Star template on top of the Bedford Map.
    3D Map Star free download
    Map Stars Free Printables

    I love these 3D Map Stars they make for a great Christmas decoration, you can hang them from the ceiling with just a bit of thread and a pin. The map prints add interest to the decoration, I’m going to make some more.
    The hardest thing is going to be deciding on what maps to use, so many places around the world are special to me. I think that’s why I started off with a world map.
    If you liked this you should check out some of my other popular map paper crafts:
    Simple Beautiful Map Roses
    Personalized Treat Map Heart Bags
    Map Art How to Make a Beautiful Pet Portrait.


    41 Responses

    1. Looks good prefer the silver one

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks you can customise them yourself by printing the blank template onto any paper you choose.

    2. Totally love this star! You have a lot of patience to create these.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you, they are actually quite simple to make and fun.

    3. Love these! Don’t know that I would have the patience to make them… I love decorating with maps too and in fact I wallpapered our closet turned mudroom with old atlas pages.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Your mudroom sounds great with the old maps.

    4. I love using old maps in fun new ways and these 3-d star decorations made from maps fits the bill! Love these and appreciate the photo tute!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Yeah I think old maps make a great decoration.

    5. Viv

      These are beautiful Claire – I was looking for something just like this for our little tree! 🙂

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! I’m sure they will look great on your tree.

    6. This is such an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing it. I’m Anita visiting from Creativity Unleashed.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Cheers ! I really do like them and am experimenting with different papers.

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    8. These are great, it really looks good. I enjoyed making it, though my fingers have stuck together – made it in lightweight paper, so not convinced the centre will hold, but may try again with something heavier. How do you have the patience?

      • Claire Armstrong

        Really glad you made the stars! I used a 240gm weight paper so not quite as stiff as card but heavy enough.

    9. This is a nifty idea. I have never thought of using old maps. They are nice for a tree because they are so 3 d.

    10. I saw your project on the Creative Crafts Link Up and had to see how you made these fun stars! Love this project.

    11. I love maps too! These look great! Thanks for sharing the templates with us!

    12. I had to come visit and see how you got it to hold together. I attempted a 5 point star out of paper but had trouble with the last few seams. I see you have a center shape! Thanks for sharing with us at #CCBG

    13. Thank you so much for a template! I can imagine all types of different papers with this!!

    14. Thank you, I love crafting with maps.

    15. These are fantastic. I love them for all year round in all sorts of paper. You gave such good instructions that I think I could do this.

    16. What a great idea – looking for maps now – Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW DIY party!

    17. Hi Claire, What a great way to use maps! I love the more colorful ones the best! Well done! Blessings, Janet

    18. Wow! Love this! Very cool project!

      Thank you for sharing and linking up at Dishing It & Digging It! We enjoy having you each week! 🙂

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    22. Love all of your map projects Claire!!

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    24. SF

      thank you so much….I’ve been looking for this all over the net. I was wondering if there is a way that this star can be illuminated?

      • You can buy some batterey operated copper string lights on Amazon which you could use to illuminate your star.

    25. I made one! Super cute! Now I want to make one out of sheet music.

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