Metal Embossing, Spring Crafts

Cinco de Mayo Tin-Like Stars

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Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.

Mexico is home to so many talented metal artists who create amazing embossed metal art, works out of tin, and some stunning jewelry too.    In honor of the upcoming Cinco De Mayo, I thought I’d share a Mexican inspired project with you today with these beautiful Tin-Like Stars using aluminium embossing foil.

 

I know that some of you may not interested in using metal for crafting.  No worries.  These same steps can be used to create these stars using metallic paper or a thin piece of cardboard from a cereal box that can be spray painted.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.

For this project you will need:

Metal Embossing Foil in 6×6 inch squares.  Two squares required for each star.
Soft embossing mat  (a magazine or stack of newspaper can be used as a substitute)
Scissors
Teflon embossing stylist   (a pencil can be used as a substitute)
12 inch ruler
Optional:  Star Punch,  stencil and paper stump
Duck Tape

Note: To better illustrate this project I used two toned embossing foil. The front side of the project is aluminum colored and the back side of the project is a gold tone.

It will be important to know which side of your project you are working on.  If you have metal that is all one color, put a small sticker or piece of tape on one side so you can quickly tell the difference between front and back.  If you are using something other than metal to create these stars, the whole front/back issue really doesn’t matter.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Place a 6×6 inch piece of metal front side down on a soft surface mat.  Using a ruler and Teflon embossing stylist, score a line from diagonal corners forming an X on the metal.


Note:  If you are using paper or cardboard, the score lines shown in these pictures are just fold lines. There is no need to score a line – just fold.    

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Turn the metal over so that the front side is facing up on your soft surface mat.  Using the ruler and Teflon stylist, draw a line from side to side to form a T or cross on the metal.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Optional:  To decorate the star, you can use a stencil and paper stump.  Place a section on the metal, back side up on a stencil and rub with the paper stump to easily pattern the metal.  I used an embossing folder type stencil that is commonly used in paper crafting.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Rubbing the pattern on with the stencil didn’t take more than 10 minutes.  The simpler the stencil pattern, the faster it is to rub over.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Still working with the back of the metal face up, use the ruler to measure 1-1/2 inch from the edge toward the center, or from the center to the end.   The arrow shows where I put a small mark with my Teflon stylist.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Using the ruler and Teflon stylist, I scored a line on the back side of the metal from the corner to the half way mark of a quarter section.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Working your way around to each quarter section,  mark and score a line from the corner to the mark you make.  Wen you are finished, you should be able to see the outline of the star pattern on the metal.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Take scissors and cut the center line on each side up to the point where the two quarter sections meet.  You should have one – 1-1/2 inch cut on each side of the square.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Turn the star over so the front is facing up.  Fold down the diagonal sides first.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Next fold under the flaps to form one point of the star.  Then do the same to the other 4 points.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
When all points are finished, this is what the underside of the star should look like.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
This is what the top side of the star looks like.
Now make a 2nd one following the same steps.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
When the two star pieces are finished, one piece will sit on top of the other to form the 8 point star.  I realized that because of the opening in the back of each star piece,  it was going to be difficult to glue this together because there is not a lot of surface area to apply the glue to.
To solve this problem, I cut a piece of duct tape and rolled it into a  large circle, sticky side out, and I put it in the hole in the back of the top star piece and stuck it to the bottom star piece to hold them together.  It worked like a charm.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
The second star was made using a star hole punch instead of using the stencil.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.
Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.

These were fun to make and they look great.  Add a string to hang them, attach them to a board and frame, or just display like I did.

If you enjoyed this project, we’d appreciate if you’d pin it.  Thanks for sharing!

 

Use very simple metal embossing and origami techniques to create beautiful one of a kind metal embossed tin like stars. Can be done with paper or cardboard too.

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48 Comment

  1. A Crafty Mix
    May 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    AbSoooooLutely gorgeous. Really, really stunning.

    1. Laurie
      May 1, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Aw, thanks so much! I appreciate the visit and comment 🙂

  2. Beverly Roderick
    May 1, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Laurie, these stars are lovely! They could be used for lots of holidays! I'm always so impressed with you metal embossing projects.

    1. Laurie
      May 1, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Thank you Beverly! I've wanted to make these for a while, but had to figure out how to do them with metal. I love how they turned out. Hope you are enjoying your day.

  3. myrealfairy.com
    May 1, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    these are amazing, I love crafty items and these are pretty special! x

    mainy – myrealfairy

    1. Laurie
      May 2, 2016 at 12:35 am

      Aw, thank you and thank you for the follows too. Returned and looking forward to seeing more from your blog 🙂

  4. Kelsey Supreme
    May 2, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Those turned out amazing! I am absolutely in love with the little star cut outs! Adorable!!!

    1. Laurie
      May 2, 2016 at 12:36 am

      Thanks! It took a little while to get it figured out, but as you can see, I finally got it to work. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  5. Ava's Alphabet
    May 2, 2016 at 2:15 am

    How cool! These are awesome! I have no experience using metal embossing foil, but now I am definitely intrigued. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Laurie
      May 2, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks so much! I have fun working with metal from time to time 🙂

  6. Tanya @ Moms Small Victories
    May 2, 2016 at 3:27 am

    These are so lovely. I would not have guessed they were made with foil. They remind me of the lights in our favorite local Mexican restaurant. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

    1. Laurie
      May 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you Tanya. I enjoyed being a part of Small Victories Linkup!

  7. So pretty!! Thanks so much for sharing and for visiting!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

    1. Laurie
      May 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you Debbie! Appreciate your visit today 🙂

  8. Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
    May 2, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Very neat! I've always loved those stars, esp. the lantern ones. Great tutorial. Visiting from The Really Crafty Party.

    1. Laurie
      May 2, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Thanks Victoria! I enjoyed visiting your party this week 🙂

  9. Coombe Mill
    May 3, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Oh my these are so clever. I wonder if they could be made from tin cans too? I might have to try #RealCraftyLinkParty

    1. Laurie
      May 3, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you. The metal I used was a much thinner gauge so it was easier to work with, but with the right tools, I bet they could be made from tin cans. The key is to make sure you score lines on the correct side of the metal so that it will bend the way to want it to. If you try it, I'd love to see it when you are finished 🙂

  10. Daphne Bryson
    May 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Good Afternoon Laurie, My word you are very talented…. although I love the stars, I don't think they are within my capabilities. I think I shall admire your beautiful stars from afar, but I'll never say never, I might one day give this a go and if I do, I will be so grateful for your step by step instructions.
    Best wishes to you.
    Daphne

    1. Laurie
      May 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you Daphne you are sweet to come over and leave me such a nice comment. I'd delighted that you like the stars. Working with tooling metal does look intimidating, but it truly is way easier than it looks. I've been working with it for a couple years now and I am by no means an expert, but I do enjoy it. Hope you and George are having a delightful week.

  11. Marilyn Lesniak
    May 4, 2016 at 1:38 am

    What a great tutorial. I love those stars. They would make a great nighlight! I am bookmarking for my daughter-in-law. She is very "crafty". I m good with ll types of needlework but she is like you and creates from many mediums. Thank you for sharing at #WonderfulWednesday!

    1. Laurie
      May 4, 2016 at 1:59 am

      Thanks Marilyn. I also think these would make a great nightlight with just a few modifications. I may try that sometime. I'm honored that you would share this craft with your daughter-in-law 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  12. The Lazy Gastronome
    May 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    This is so pretty! I'd love it if you shared this on the DIY blog hop!
    http://www.pleasuresofthenw.com/diy-party-no-3/

    1. Laurie
      May 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you and appreciate the invite too!

  13. Julie's Lifestyle
    May 4, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Wow Laurie, I love those stars you made. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week and have a Happy Mother's Day.
    Julie

    1. Laurie
      May 4, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you Julie! I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day as well.

  14. Shelley
    May 4, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    These are gorgeous, and look like a lot of fun to make! Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. Laurie
      May 4, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you Shelley! Appreciate it. They are pretty easy to make once I figured it out and I agree they are beautiful.

  15. Teresa B
    May 5, 2016 at 10:52 am

    They are amazing decor, and not just for cinco de mayo! Thank you for sharing them at The Really Crafty Link Party this week! Pinned!

    1. Laurie
      May 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      I enjoyed being a part of The Really Crafty Link Party! Thank you for the share 🙂

  16. Marilyn Lesniak
    May 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    My daughter-in-law loves these. I can't wait to see what she does. Have a great Mothers Day and thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings!

    1. Laurie
      May 6, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Aw, I'm glad. If she makes some, I'd love to see them 🙂 I enjoyed linking up to Thursday Favorite Things!

  17. Sara Syrett
    May 6, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    This is so cool! I love how you embossed the star. Great project. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. Pinning!

    1. Laurie
      May 6, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Thank you Sara! I enjoyed being a part of Merry Monday!

  18. Jess
    May 7, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Oh wow…how neat!!

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipes, Crafts, Tips and Tricks Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Laurie
      May 7, 2016 at 3:52 am

      Thank you Jess! I'll be happy to come over and share 🙂 Thank you for the invite!

  19. Raising Samuels
    May 8, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Wow! You are so creative, Laurie! This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

    1. Laurie
      May 9, 2016 at 4:10 am

      Thank you and I appreciate you hosting a lovely party!

  20. Marilyn Lesniak
    May 9, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick from my Commenters at #WonderfulWednesday this week. Visit me on Tuesday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon.

    1. Laurie
      May 9, 2016 at 4:11 am

      Thanks so much Marilyn! Such a lovely surprise 🙂 I'll be by on Tuesday! Have a great week!

  21. Keri
    May 9, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Laurie, these stars are awesome!!! The rubber embossing stencil is a really cool tool; I had never heard about or seen those before. Your stars turned out great!! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

    1. Laurie
      May 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you Keri! I enjoyed linking up at your lovely party!

  22. Art From My Table
    May 9, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    These are gorgeous!! I think I would like them at Christmas time! Thanks for sharing these at FTAF! Pinned

    1. Laurie
      May 10, 2016 at 1:56 am

      Thank you. I was thinking I will probably make some smaller ones for Christmas and put lights in them and hang them like garland. Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed being a part of FTAF!

  23. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    May 11, 2016 at 1:20 am

    These are really cool. I would never guess that they weren't tin. Your tutorial is great, and I like that you use the two-toned material. I will have to slowly go through your photos and steps to get it correct. You are very thorough and I appreciate that. Pinned to come back to later.

    1. Laurie
      May 11, 2016 at 3:29 am

      Thanks so much Nikki! I appreciate the visit and the pin too! Sometimes these kinds of projects scare a lot of people away because they seem so difficult. It really is doable, or I wouldn't have done it myself 🙂 Hope you are having a great week!

  24. Donna Wirthlin
    May 13, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Fancy:). Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

    1. Laurie
      May 13, 2016 at 4:21 am

      Thank you Donna. I enjoyed being a part of Funtastic Friday!

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