Christmas Star Fancy Folding Pattern
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Published on June 23rd, 2019
Up-level your iris folding skills by branching out into the new technique of fancy folding with this free Christmas star pattern.
Fancy folding is the ‘sister craft’ to iris folding. They are both very similar, but with fancy folding you fold the paper strips several times along the pattern lines, rather than simply placing them along one straight edge like you do with iris folding.
This is a great pattern to get yourself used to making triangle folds as the star shaped design contains lots of them!
Don’t worry though – the pattern is clear and easy-to-follow, so you’ll be making wonderfully festive Christmas bauble greetings cards before you know it! 🙂
Christmas star fancy folding pattern
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You will need…
- Free Christmas star fancy folding pattern
- Normal printer paper to print on
- Cutting mat & craft knife
- Sticky tape
- A6 white (or off-white) card blank
- Green card (I used one with a shimmery effect for that extra Christmas sparkle!)
- Gold paper
- Gold peel-off stickers
Fancy folding instructions
Step 1: Print the pattern
Print out the fancy folding pattern onto normal printer paper and cut out the smaller version of the pattern.
Step 2: Draw around the shape
Cut a piece of green card slightly smaller than A6 and place your fancy folding pattern on top of it.
Use a pencil to draw around the edge of the pattern.
Step 3: Cut out the pattern
Cut out the star shape that you just traced onto the card.
I used a craft knife and cutting mat to do this to keep the edges of the star perfectly straight and crisp.
When you’ve cut out the shape, position the pattern underneath the cutout.
If you are worried about the pattern slipping as you complete the folding then use a small piece of masking tape to stick the pattern and/or card to your work surface.
Step 4: Make the first fold
Look on the pattern for the fold marked with a “1”.
Take a small piece of gold paper and fold one edge alone the left side of the triangle that contains the number “1”.
Place a fingernail on the bottom corner of the triangle to hold the paper in place and then fold the other side of your gold paper along the other line of the “1” triangle.
If your paper overlaps after you have folded it into a triangle then you will need to cut off some of the excess to leave yourself with just the triangle shape with no overlaps.
Use a piece of sticky tape to stick your folded triangle to the card to hold it in position.
Step 5: Fold the next shape
Look on the pattern for the fold marked with a “2”.
Take another piece of gold paper and fold along the two longest sides to create another triangle.
Secure this to the card using another piece of sticky tape.
Step 6: Complete the folding
Complete the rest of the fancy folding, following the numbers on the pattern.
When you’ve finished, your card will look quite messy like this:
Step 7: The grand reveal!
Once you have finished the fancy folding, turn the card over to see your completed design.
Trim off any bits of gold paper that are sticking out from around the edge of the green card.
Step 8: Attach to a card front
The gold paper I used for the fancy folding star was quite thick which meant that my star was bulky when finished.
To make it easier to create a handmade card, I pressed the folding underneath a big pile of heavy books for a few hours before I started assembling the card.
This flattens out the folding so it’s easier to stick to the card.
Use double sided tape to attach the folding to an A6 card blank.
Use a hole punch to cut a small circle of green card and glue this to the top of the star bauble in the middle of the top of the star ornament.
Step 9: Decorate the card
Use gold peel-off stickers to decorate your card.