Christmas Fun!

Yes it is fast approaching and don't I know it!  I love Christmas, I love the run up to it.  All the hustle and bustle.  I think the decorations are my favourite part of it. However much time I spend making our home and work environment as Christmasy as I can, there is so much work to be done and it distracts me from it!!  So I have to buckle down especially as we are doing 2 Christmas events.  The Etsy Made Local Christmas Market on the 2nd of December and then the Open Studios at New England House on the 8th & 9th of December.  If you pop over to the NEH Open studios you can sign up to, and be entered into, a prize draw for the chance to win a £20 voucher to spend at the Open Studios!  So pop in to see some of Brighton's best creative talents at work and purchase a present or 2! 

Up-cycled and Refinished

Everyone has a favourite piece of furniture that they just can't bare to let go of perhaps after you have redecorated and it doesn't quite fit in your home anymore. It ends up in the garage and stays there where it gets the odd glance and the "I do love you but....." or "How can I make you fit???" It may have a shape to it that you love but the colour is all wrong. 

There are endless options available to you.  Start by thinking about where you want to put it, look at what will be around it and pick you favourite accent and incorporate it in your old piece. It could be a colour, a pattern, a fabric or texture. As long as your item is not an antique you can totally change its look. Just take the plunge if you don't like the outcome re do it till you do. 



Pin & Post


Welcome to our brand new web site The Paper Star.  My name is Marie and I live in Brighton along with my husband Kevin who comes from here, and our 2 wonderful children Jay and Ellen.

The Paper Star all started when my husband would make stuff for me and then family and friends would ask for things to fit in their homes.  I have always enjoyed making things for myself so I got involved too and would make things for my kids and gifts for friends. When people saw what I did as a wedding gift or someone’s birthday for instance, they would ask to have items made for others and so it didn’t take long for us to realise that this is what we would like to do and ideas for The Paper Star started to evolve.

Most the items on our web site are handmade by us in our own workshop and most can be personalised by the customer which makes it unique to them or to that special someone they are buying for. All of our products are made to order at competitive and affordable prices.

We try to make everything ourselves but when we can’t we source products and supplies from companies based in the UK (local when possible) and of course we reuse and recycle as much as possible.

We are a small family business who loves creating individual pieces for individual people. A place where you can buy good quality items handmade and personalised to your own or that special someone’s tastes. Our designs are inspired by everyday things, places we have been and the wonderful friends we have made along the way.

To launch our new site we will be running some fun give aways. All you have to do to enter is to "Pin & Post" your paper stars. Take a picture of your paper star pinned anywhere (the more random places the better) and Post it to our facebook page, Tweet it or pin it to Pintrest. The winner will receive a tin of push pins of their choice. We will keep you up to date on who the first recipient is!

To receive a paper star please email us and we will send one right out to you.

Please enjoy our website and we would love to hear your feedback or if we can be of any help creating a special personalised gift please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Kevin and Marie