DIY 3D Cardboard Stars

We are so happy to be partnering with Scotties Tissues again for another year! Last year we made a Merry Christmas garland and the year before we made holiday planters. We’re really excited about this year’s box designs and to share a simple craft you can make with your empty tissue boxes – these DIY 3D cardboard stars!

This has been the year for cardboard crafts, Caitlin shared quite a few earlier in the year. And these 3D cardboard stars are another easy, simple craft that are a great way to upcycle your old tissue boxes! We added our stars to our holiday decor, but really they’re great to use anytime of year!

This is the second year Scotties Tissues is partnering with Genevieve Gorder on these box designs and once again, we LOVE them! We’re so happy to have tissue boxes that fit so well into our decor – we actually want to have these out instead of trying to hide our tissue boxes. You can see our favorite designs in a photo below, and be sure to check out all of them here. There’s a design to fit every style! We love the mix of holiday designs and the neutral designs that can be used after the holidays are over (be sure to scroll all the way down to the last photos for the coziest box that matched one of my blankets)!

I was also really happy to see that this year’s collection is offered with Scotties Triple Soft tissues, that have three layers of softness for ultimate protection. I have sensitive skin and am always looking for the softest tissues, so I’m thankful for the three layers of softness and strength, these really are so soft on my nose!!

mantel with holiday decor and star decorations

My Christmas decor is minimal, and yup, neutral colors, who would have thought?! 😉 And this year I guess I’m going heavy on the trees and stars theme, and was so excited to see a black & white star design tissue box! What’s great about these stars is you can make them to fit with any decor/color scheme, just choose the paint color you like. You can even use the box pattern too. For my 3D stars hanging on the mantel, I used fishing line and made small loops, then used a pushpin to hang them at various lengths. I also made a garland of them, and have some to hang as ornaments. So many great ways to display them! Scroll down to see how to make them.

fireplace with blanket ladder next to it with 3D star decorations
wood bench with tissue boxes on it and christmas decorations
fireplace decorated with greenery garland, wood christmas tree and black 3D cardboard stars


  • empty tissue boxes
  • star template (I just printed one out and traced it onto cardboard)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • x-acto knife
  • paint (spray paint or acrylic)
  • large needle (or something to poke a small hole the stars)
  • fishing line or string
opened tissue box with stars and scissors on it
cardboard star cutouts next to ruler and x-acto knife
cardboard star cutouts with one star folded in half
3d cardboard stars next to tissue boxes
cardboard stars on black box with spray paint cans


  • trace stars onto cardboard and cut out
  • line up a ruler from the tip of the star straight down to opposite end, use the x-acto knife to score along the ruler edge (do not cut all the way through the cardboard)
  • repeat with each star tip
  • once every tip has been scored, fold along scored line and crease firmly
  • open up fold, and repeat with each scored line
  • if needed, pinch along folded lines to raise up the star a little more
  • leave natural or paint if desired
  • use a large needle point to poke a hole large enough for your fishing line or string to go through
  • thread along string to make a garland or tie off into loops to hang stars individually
black, white, and natural 3D cardboard stars next to tissue boxes
mantel with christmas decorations and black star garland
fireplace with greenery with small christmas tree next to
wood bench with pine branch in vase on it next to tissue box
white tisssue box sitting on a white knit blanket
wood bed with white knit blanket on it with a stool next to bed

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