In this age of email, texts and Facebook messages, I always am touched by anyone who sends me a physical letter or greeting card in the mail. Likewise, it gives me great joy to send someone a card for special occasions, and even thank yous. While it’s perfectly fine to buy a card at the store, I like to create handmade cards because the extra effort is always appreciated — and it’s cheaper, given that the price of a decent card is typically more than $5.
Here’s a do-it-yourself card that will definitely make your friends and family smile — a card that folds into a Star of David. Sure, it’s perfect for bar mitzvahs and holidays, but it really works for any occasion.
What you’ll need:
1 piece of paper, at least 12-inches square
Some coordinating paper
Scissors or hobby knife
Glue stick or double sided tape
1. Cut a triangle that is 12 inches on all sides. You can use any paper you have, but cardstock is best. I like to use scrapbook paper from the craft store, as the sheets come in myriad colors and designs. And because they’re already sized to a 12-inch square, it’s easy to cut them down to a 12-inch triangle.
2. On each side of the triangle, mark the 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch points, as noted in the image above. Then connect the points across each side with a pencil. These lines will show you where to make folds.
3. Your large triangle has two sets of lines — three inner lines and three outer lines. Fold the innermost lines inward.
4. Fold the outer lines outward. You now will see a large triangle in the middle surrounded by a trapezoid and then a smaller triangle at each corner.
5. If you’d like, you can cover the smaller triangles at the corners with a different color or design of paper using a glue stick or double-sided tape.
6. Bring the folds of the triangle inward to create a Star of David. The small triangles that used to be on the outer corners now form the top triangle of the star. Overlap them to lock the star in place.
Jonathan Fong is the author of “Walls That Wow,” “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at jonathanfongstyle.com.