Weaving One Billion Stars

We're on a mission to weave one billion stars by 2032 for violence free communities.

One Billion Stars


Get Involved in One Billion Stars project
Amber Women's Refuge Star Weave Community in Kilkenny Ireland with Star Leader, Siobhán McQuillan (right)

One Billion Stars is a global weaving movement that focusses on bringing people together to create safe and creative communities that are committed to ending violence.


Anyone can learn to weave a star and be part the One Billion Stars project.

  1. DOWNLOAD our FREE One Billion Stars project story. Share, email and print to get a clear snapshot of what this star weaving movement is about.
  2. For more information, READ our ABOUT page.
  3. Watch the One Billion Stars weaving tutorial or follow our step by step  illustrated guide on how to weave a paper star.
  4. SHARE the project with your workplace, sporting club, friends and family and make sure to check out our new DIY Star Weaving Kit for AUD$27. It comes with lots of helpful info, including exact measurements for your star weaving materials, setting up your workspace, a poster for your workshops plus a bonus social justice calendar to plan your star weaving workshops plus more!

In 2012, I was moved by my communities response to the rape and murder of a young local woman. Out of respect for her parents and family, I have decided not to name her. If her name appears on this site, please be patient with us as we work to update our content.

I wanted to draw on my love for my Samoan culture of weaving and to share it with others. This was the start of the One Million Stars to End Violence project.

The original goal was to teach and invite people around the world to weave one million stars for a display in 2018. Each woven star is a symbol of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.

In 2018, during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, one million hand woven stars from over 15 countries were displayed in King George Square. Over 2.4 million stars were received from communities across the world, including Canada, Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Japan, Barbados, Cook Islands, England, Ireland, Scotland, Kenya, USA and Malaysia.

2022 marks 10 years since the One Million Stars to End Violence project was created. Today we have a new goal: to weave one billion stars for violence free communities by 2032.

Get involved and follow our steps below or register to be a Star Weave Community and pledge to weave anywhere between 10,000 and one million stars.

1. Watch our Star Weaving Tutorial

We’ve created a star weaving tutorial on youtube for you to follow to learn how to weave a star. We’ll be updating this one shortly, but for now, it’s easy enough to follow and get started.

There are lots of different versions to weave a star. This technique is the simplest one that we have come across. It comes from the Torres Strait Islands and Samoa.

We teach this star weaving technique in our workshops and to our star weavers around the world. 

2. Gather your Star Weaving materials

You can use a variety of materials to weave your stars. Some people like to re-use materials found around the home or workplace, like posters, magazines or newspapers. Simply cut your strips into 50cm lengths, 3cm wide and off you go! Using paper is a great way to repurpose and recycle. 

We’ve also created a guide on how you can make a star weaving kit to help you get started. This star weaving kit includes:

  • exact measurements to create 100 stars (perfect for beginners or a small group)
  • PDF of instructions to print
  • A welcome message from One Billion Stars founder, Maryann Talia Pau
  • A poster to print to promote your star weaving workshop and invite colleagues / locals to your workshop.
  • BONUS 1: Social Justice Calendar to print and edit to plan your star weaving workshops
  • BONUS 2: Instructions on how to make a lei from strand offcuts.
Learning to weave a star is fun, relaxing and a great activity to do with others.

3. Photograph your star weaving

We love to see who our star weavers are, as well as the beautiful stars that are woven. Please ensure you have permission to photograph and share photos online or with us.

Tag us at @weaveonebillionstarsby2032 and #onebillionstars to give us permission to share your pics on our facebook, Instagram and website.

Photographing and even having a short survey after the workshop, is also a great way to collect data about the reach and impact of star weaving for your organisation, workplace and school.

4. Create a woven star installation.

Using your woven stars, you can create your own mini star installation. We have lots of images and examples on our website and social media.

One of the most popular installation or display designs is hanging them from string. You can create a chandelier type using a hula hoop or display them in lengths along a wall. The options and possibilities are endless! Check out our Create an Installation article here for more tips and tricks on how to string your stars for display.

Become a Star Weave Community

5. Become a Star Weave Community.

If you’re ready to weave more stars and build connections throughout your community, contact us and register to be a Star Weave Community

A Star Weave Community pledges to weave anywhere between 10,000 stars to one million stars. Learn more here.