How to Make a Moravian Star out of Poster Board

By Linda Shepard
Create a Moravian star from poster board.

The Moravian star is an important symbol of Christmas to many religions and was first constructed and displayed at the Moravian School in Niesky, Germany in 1850. An enterprising former student of the school began making the stars from metal and selling them in his father’s bookstore. The stars became very popular as holiday ornaments. This poster-craft project can create a small star to hang on a tree branch, or a large Moravian star for a tree-topper.

Open the word processor on your computer and find the star symbol by typing the capital letter “V” in the zapf dingbats font. Enlarge the star to a 600-font size.

Print the star on a sheet of paper. Cut out the star and use it as a template for an ornament. For a large tree-topper star template, enlarge the image further with a copy machine.

Using the template, cut out two identical stars from the poster board.

Use a ruler and pencil to draw a line from each star tip outer point, through the star center and to the tip of the opposite point.

Place the ruler at each outer point to outer point line. Score each line with the bone folder and fold each line to the wrong side of the poster board.

Flatten the star and turn it over. Draw lines from each star inner point to the opposite inner point. Score each line with the bone folder and fold each line to the right side of the poster board.

Turn the star to the right side and pinch the long folds to make them rise. Press the short folds to make them indent.

Create a second star in the same manner.

Place one star on a flat sheet of poster board, maintaining the star’s folded shape. Carefully lift the edges of the star and glue it to the flat poster board, using the hot glue gun. Cut the flat poster board to the shape of the star.

Glue the second folded star to the opposite side of the poster board with the glue gun.

Decorate the completed star by painting white glue on the star and shaking glitter over it. Attach a ribbon with the glue gun at a star tip for a hanger.

About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of Spectacularstrolls.com, an online business of self-guided walking tours.