Last-Minute Christmas Decorating: Quick & Easy Printable Paper Stars

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Christmas kinda snuck up on us, didn't it? Since Thanksgiving this year fell on a late date in November, don't feel bad if your Christmas tree hasn't been decorated (or if there's no tree at all... whoops!). Some of the most chic decorations for the holidays can be made fast and for free, with just scissors and paper.

Paper stars are the perfect last-minute holiday decor since they're non-denominational and—when life gets busy and the decorations don't end up coming down until February — just festive enough to be incorporated into year-round decor or other party themes.

Paper decorations don't have to look like kindergarten projects. I fell in love with the idea of decorating with paper stars after spotting Heather's simple Scandinavian-inspired holiday mantle on her blog, The Lovely Cupboard. She used an HGTV tutorial to create white paper stars from card stock that were then finished with a gold paint pen edge. Fun!

There's a bevy of ways to customize any of the projects below. Make big stars to hang over a mantel or as ornaments on the Chritmnas tree, or make tiny stars to fill a vase or string into a garland. Use plain white or colored paper, or get crazy with patterns, textures and unique papers (think sheet music, maps, or pages torn from books). Happy crafting!

  1. Basic Paper Stars / HGTV
  2. 6-, 7- and 8-pointed Paper Stars / How Did You Make This?
  3. Starburst Paper Stars / Home by Linn
  4. German Paper Stars / A Subtle Revelry
  5. Sheet Music Hanging Stars / Crafty Nest
  6. Spiky Star Urchin / How About Orange
  7. Wrapping Paper Stars / Spoonful
  8. Origami Wishing Stars / Lucky Paper Stars

(Image credits: The Lovely Cupboard; HGTV; How Did You Make This?; Home by Linn; A Subtle Revelry; Crafty Nest; How About Orange; Spoonful; Lucky Paper Stars)

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