How to Make Your Own Star

Bringing your own star to the parade

Manuel King with stars

Manuel King, Starry Starry Night Founder

You can make your star any way you want, but below are some very simple instructions for building your star out of papier maché. Please know that this is just the basic stuff you need to know to get started. You can make your star any size (the bigger the better), add a face, garland, tinsel, mirrors, glitter, anything you want to decorate your star and make it your own.

The basic things you’ll need

  • a surface you can cut on
  • Large sheet of cardboard
  • a boxcutter
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • a stick five to six feet tall (Manny, pictured above, used thin tree saplings from the woods behind his house)
  • sheets of newsprint torn into narrow strips about nine inches long
  • white school glue
  • a wide bottomed bucket at least six inches deep
  • water
  • masking tape


  1. Take two sheets of cardboard (at least 12 x 12 inches) and lay them on top of each other.
  2. Draw a star (can be 5 or six pointed) that goes edge to edge on the top sheet.
  3. Using the boxcutter, cut through both layers of cardboard following the outline of your drawing until you have your star cut out.
  4. Position the stick in the center of the star, so that it comes almost to the top point but not beyond.
  5. Using the glue gun lay down a good wide bead of hot glue and glue the stick to the star.
  6. Lay down more glue along the length of the stick to the bottom of the star and then affix the other star on top of the stick so that it mirrors the first star. The stick should now be sandwiched between the two stars.
  7. Using masking tape, pinch the end points of the star together.
  8. Mix the white school glue with water in the bucket (approximate ratio 6 to 1, water to white glue). If it’s too watery add more glue. If it’s too gluey add more water.
  9. Run the strips of newsprint through the glue/water mixture, making sure to get it thoroughly wet and then squeegee it between your fingers to get off the excess mixture.