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How To Make Paper Stars Hanging Decoration From Wallpaper

Every Christmas I hang giant velvet baubles from the picture rails on the walls in my lounge. This year I thought I would mix it up a bit by learning how to make paper stars to hang on the walls and doors.

I wanted to make paper stars of different sizes and textures that’s when I got the idea to repurpose some embossed wallpaper (Anaglypta) to make the stars with.

The textured wallpaper was perfect as it was thick, and the variations of the embossed pattern really gave the hanging paper stars character.

The embossed pattern on the wallpaper was based on a Victorian tile. The pattern is called Turner Tile, and it gives the large hanging paper stars a vintage look. As I live in a Victorian house, this was a perfect match.

These large wallpaper stars are a very affordable Christmas decoration. Plain white textured wallpaper tends to be very cheap, and you can get a lot of big paper stars from one roll.

I know it’s a bit cheeky, but many DIY/home stores let you take home wallpaper samples for free. That way, you could make paper stars in lots of different textured patterns for free.

Not only with this post do I show you how to make paper stars but I also show you how to make twine from fabric scraps.

textured wall paper

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What You Need

  • Textured wallpaper – so many designs to choose from; choose the one you fancy. Or pick up a collection of free samples from your local store.
  • Scraps of red fabric in long strips. I used some old red scarves.
  • Sewing machine or glue

How To Make Paper Stars To Hang

Step 1: Firstly, make some star-shaped templates. Either search the internet for a five-star shape and print it. Or draw your own and cut it out.

I wanted to make extra-large hanging paper stars. I had to draw my five-point stars out on paper as I couldn’t print them large enough.


Step 2: Place the paper stars template onto the back of the textured wallpaper. Draw around the star and then cut out the shape. You will need two identical wallpaper stars for each hanging star.

wallpaper stars

Step 3: Next, make paper stars by stitching their wrong sides together. So that the textured wallpaper is visible on both sides. On the sewing machine, stitch a simple running stitch all around the stars, about 5mm from the edge.

Don’t fret if you don’t have a sewing machine or hate sewing; you can glue the 2 sides of the stars together.

Personally, though, one of my favourite crafts to do is to sew paper on a sewing machine. If you’ve never tried it, I recommend you give it ago.

how to sew paper stars

Step 4: Carry on making textured wallpaper stars in a variety of sizes.

How to make paper stars variety of sizes

Step 5: Next, make the fabric twine to hang the stars from. To do this, get two long strips of scrap red fabric about 1 inch in width.

Twist one strip away from you for a few turns. Then wrap it around the other fabric strip. Now twist the second fabric strip away for a few turns before wrapping it around the first strip. Carry on twisting the strips of fabric together until you have fabric twine long enough for your hanging stars.

I know this sounds very complicated but believe me, it is so easy; you are best watching this YouTube video here. The video shows it so much better than I could ever explain.

Homemade Christmas twine

How To Make Paper Stars Hanging

Step 6: To make the stars hang, cut the twine to the length you want. Then, glue it to the back of the star using a hot glue gun. Make sure you attach the twine at the top point of the star.

textured wallpaper Christmas stars decoration

I used drawing pins to hang the paper stars on my doors and walls.

Christmas hanging wallpaper stars decoration
Christmas wall decoration
Christmas wall hanging paper stars.

Don’t throw away the scraps of wallpaper from this craft; you can use them to make a gorgeous crafty angel wing garland.

Yield: Giant textured paper stars

How To Make Paper Stars Wall Decoration

How To Make Paper Stars Wall Decoration

These gorgeous handmade paper stars make for a wonderful and unique Christmas decoration. Hang them from your walls and doors and make them in a variety of sizes.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 1. Textured wallpaper such as Anaglypta
  • 2. Fabric scraps


  • Sewing machine or glue
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Make templates for a series of 5 point stars in various sizes.
  2. Use the templates to cut out stars from the textured wallpaper.
  3. Stitch two wallpaper stars wrong sides together.
  4. Use fabric scraps to make some thick fabric twine.
  5. Glue the twine to the back of the stars and hang using a drawing pin.

If you love decorating your home with stars, then check out these other Christmas star ideas.

If you are looking for more thrifty Christmas DIYs visit here.


Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Very sweet and lots of good instructions. Thank you! And, I just happen to have a roll of white embossed wallpaper. :)

Blessings Barb

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Thank you, have fun making them. They are such an easy but impactful Christmas decorations.


Monday 21st of October 2019

These are lovely! I think I have 40 rolls of the Anaglypta wallpaper I bought for a ceiling project and never used. I have no idea what I will ever do with them so this is a very cool idea. Your fabric twine is awesome! I just watched the video and I think I could sit for hours doing those, especially with winter ahead of us. I don’t know though, I have a lot on my plate right now so hopefully I can get some made over the coming months.


Wednesday 23rd of October 2019

Maybe you could do a class on making them to use some of your paper. :)

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Wow that’s a lot of wallpaper! Have fun making the stars and twine.


Sunday 20th of October 2019

yippee!!!! I have a roll of this from long ago, Doing ASAP~ what a sweet idea.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Thank you, they are fun to make.


Saturday 19th of October 2019

What a great idea using textured wallpaper - they are so pretty!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 20th of October 2019

Thank you so much ?


Thursday 17th of October 2019

Love these stars, claire, so lovely and simple! good for you getting a serious head start on holiday crafting! thanks as always for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Thank you, Sara. So much holiday crafting to do I have to start early.

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