(You knew I would have to do this tutorial sooner or later :)
A couple of fun things happened in the past few weeks. First, a lovely reader sent us the book Magical Window Stars (thanks Sarah!)
and second, we got a stack of kite paper from Bella Luna Toys. As I sat down and started leafing through the book, it occurred to me that these stars were a little advanced for someone that's never folded a star before, so I decided to start with a simpler star. I've made origami stars in the past, but never out of the kite paper. So, I made a simple, 8 pointed star, that you can find on most Waldorf craft sites. I think it is a beautiful way to begin working with kite paper. Below are the directions on how to make a Basic Kite Paper Window Star. Later, I will share other patterns as I experiment and play with different designs.
8 squares of kite paper
clear drying craft glue
Place one square of kite paper in front of you.
Fold the paper in half creating a sharp crease. Then open the paper.
Fold the paper in half again the other way, creating a sharp crease. Open the paper.
Bring 1 corner to the middle of the paper making sure the edges of the corner touch the folds on the paper. Create a sharp crease.
Fold the other 3 corners to the middle. You will now have another square.
Turn the square to form a diamond and make sure the flaps are up. Fold the left corner in so the outside edge of the paper is against the center fold line. You will be creating a sharp star point.
Do the same with the other side.
Fold a total of 8 squares into these star points.
Decide on the arrangement of the points. The smooth side should be on top and the folded sides under. Lay out your first piece. Then turn your 2nd piece over and put several small drops of glue along the edge.
Place the edge with the glue on top of the first star point, laying the glued edge of piece 2 on the fold of piece 1. The points should match exactly.
Continue adding pieces in this manner until you've added 7 star points.
Glue the 8th star point on in the same way. The 8th star point will be laying on top of the 1st star point.
Gently lift the 1st star point and slip the edge of the 8th star point under the 1st. Raise the edge of the 1st piece, put glue along the edge, and press in place.
When the glue has dried, turn the piece over and put a small drop of glue under each flap to hold it down on the star.
Allow to dry. If your star is not laying completely flat, weight it down with books or magazines for several hours.
Your star is now ready to put on your window. You can use double sticky tape or roll your tape. (I rolled my tape but I don't like the fact that you can see the tape in the sun. I will try double sticky tape later.) I've read that people will actually glue them to their windows, but I change things around too much to do that! You can fill your window with different sized stars or use different color themes. I will share more star patterns soon!
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