Teachable Moment: Poster Board Stars

Well, every couple who lives in our apartment in the following decades is going to be finding gold glitter in every nook and cranny.  Jay came home from Crossfit and lunch with friends to find that Martha Stewart had exploded all over what used to be our living room.  He accurately  remarked that ours was either the apartment of the happiest, rowdiest, creative child and/or one, singular elementary school teacher.  At present there happens to be sparkles, paper scraps and paint brushes spanning the length between our the front door and bedroom.

The reason: star costumes for my Saturday afternoon kids.


Here is my second installment of how to create vibrant, eye catching ( albeit inexpensive) costumes out of poster board.  You will find my tutorial on Poster Board flowers here, which was the costume for my first dance.  The stars that follow are for a song title My Whole Body Can Move which my students will be performing at a their fundraiser in February.  So if you are looking for easy decor for a dance or graduation ceremony, simple stage props for a pageant or like me costumes for your dance or play, here is your answer. 

How to Make Stars out of Poster Board

Makes 1 Star


  • 1 double sided, gold and silver metallic poster board (found at Michaels on the Upper West Side)
  • Glitter
  • Glitter Paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black Paint Pen
  • Gold Paint Pen


Important Note: Again I am Canadian (noted the Canadian Coffee mug that follows) so flip around your ruler Americans because each measurement will be in metric.

Step 1: Lay the poster board lengthwise in front of you.  Then find and mark the middle on the top and bottom of your poster.

Step 2: Measure the left side into quarters (approximatly 14 cm from the top and bottom of each page) and mark each.


Step 3: Using a meter stick (or another poster board) to create a triangle that joins the top center point to the bottom quarter point on the left side, and then do the same for the the adjacent bottom quarter on the right.

Step 4: Complete the triangle by drawing a long line to join the bottom to quarter marks.

Step 5: Do steps 3 and 4 for the bottom middle mark.  See below for a pictorial example of this very complex description.


Step 6: Cut out the star

Step 7: Outline the gold star with gold paint pen to make the edges pop.

Step 7: Using the scraps from the cut out star, cut out 6 small triangles. Outline each triangle in black paint pen on the silver side.

Step 8: Place them in between each star point with the silver side up and secure with glue.


Optional Steps

  • I created my own glitter glue using glitter paint and gold glitter and painted the left hand edges of my stars to give them  a little more pizzazz on stage.
  • If you want to make them into costumes, cut a length of ribbon and staple to the stars create a sign board style costume.

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