Homemade-Paper Stars

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Homemade-Paper Stars
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages school-age

What you'll need

  • 3 (9- by 12-inch) sheets of construction paper
  • Blender
  • Very hot water
  • Folded cloth towel
  • Plate
  • 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutter
  • Sieve
  • Glitter
  • Rag
  • Baking sheet
  • Ribbon loops

How to make it

  1. Tear 3 (9- by 12-inch) sheets of construction paper into small pieces, about the size of a domino, and place them in a blender. Pour in about 1 1/2 cups of very hot water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile put a folded cloth towel on a plate, add a paper towel and top with a 3-inch star-shaped cookie cutter.

  2. Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Pulse the blender until the mix is pulpy, about 30 seconds. Ina sieve set over the sink, drain the pulp, then spoon some into the cookie cutter to the top, taking care to fill the points. Sprinklle with glitter. Use a rag to press the pulp down into the cookie cutter until most of the water is gone, then gently push the star out onto a baking sheet. Repeat to make two more stars.

  3. Bake them for 2 hours or until the moisture has evaporated (they should be firm and lightweight). Let the stars cool, the glue ribbon loops to the backs for hanging. Makes 3 stars.

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