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Paper Star Advent Calendar


Tired of browsing for advent calendar gifts? Why not go for a cheap version this year – the paper star advent calendar is practically free, you only need some imagination as to what to write inside each star…


1. Cut a strip of paper 1 x 30 cm / 0.4 x 11.8 in. I use a paper cutter to get the strip nice and straight, but a pair of scissors will do too. Write something beautiful for the one opening the star. Fold 1.5 inches of the end away from yourself with a small angle towards left or right. Then fold it over the strip towards yourself. Then tuck the little end inside the ‘knot’. You should now have something that looks like a skewed tie knot. 2.-3. Now comes the easy part: Bend the rest of the strip over from side to side. The leftover-tip you tuck under the previous strip. 4. You now have a pentagon and you can clearly see where the stars’ points will come. 5. This photo shows how you can use a credit card to make the points appear. If you want more close-up photos of steps 1-5, check my previous post: DIY Newspaper Stars.


I’ve used a needle and some thread to hang the stars up on the wall. This way it looks good and every day one only has to pull off a star and open it. I made a advent calendar like this for my wife a couple of years ago and then I chose to write compliments and destinations in the house where she could find presents (this way I didn’t have to have all presents ready on the 1st of December, only a list of what I had written inside the stars ;-)).


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  1. bartynova bartynova

    Thank you! Thank you thank you thank you! This is a wonderful thing! Like this I can make my love a little real time advent calendar even though we live in a long distance relationship right now.

    • Erlend Erlend

      That’s great Bertynova – keep them stars coming 🙂

  2. kaffp kaffp

    love it !

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thanks kaffp !

  3. Ivy Ivy

    I think your blog is one of the best things I have found on the Internet recently! Thanks for sharing your awesome DIY work!

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thank you for your kind words Ivy!

  4. I am so glad I found your blog a few weeks ago. I love the abundance of crafty genius inspiration. 🙂

    • Erlend Erlend

      Thank you Nicole – I’m so glad you stopped by 🙂

  5. Mary Mary

    Love this! What do you find is the best way to hang something like this so you don’t have a bunch of thumbtacks sticking in the wall?

    • Erlend Erlend

      Hi Mary, I would use transparent tape 🙂

  6. Molly Molly

    I did this for my sister and one of my best girl friends. I did 52 stars for each girl and put them in a jar. Told them to open one per week for a year. I wrote compliments on them like “you are a great mother”, “I love you”, “you are fabulous”, “you are generous”, etc.! My sister lets her kids open them for her…they love it too! I also chose paper that I knew would match their decor in their house so the jar of starts acted as a decoration in the house until it was empty!! Love this as an advent!

    Chinese stars rock! And so do your DIY’s!!

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