EDIT 12-13-2015 :: I just learned these are also part of Danish culture, where they are called julestjerne (Christmas star). Thanks for that info, Yvette. Also, if you would rather have written instructions instead watching a video, Yvette shared a link to a good written tutorial. http://www.sunscholars.com/2013/01/how-to-fold-danish-paper-star.html
German Stars, also called, Moravian Stars, have long fascinated me. I had planned to make some a while back with my SIL Jennifer, but when our star making morning fell through, I forgot about them. Then, a couple of weeks ago, with a little time on my hands, I gave them a try. I cut my own strips out of wrapping paper, followed a wonderful tutorial I found at With A Grateful Prayer and A Thankful Heart, and made my first star. Exciting beyond belief! HOWEVER, the wrapping paper did not work well for me… it was hard to cut, too thin, and you could see the back of the paper. So, I went on Etsy, typed in German Star Strips, and found a wonderful selection. I wound up buying strips that were 3/4″ wide, and they made stars that were 3 1/2″ when finished.
I considered writing up the directions here, but honestly, I could not do better than the 2 part video tutorial found at With A Grateful Prayer and A Thankful Heart. You can find Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE. Lorraine is a won.der.ful teacher, and her tutorial is easy to follow and well done. So, let me send you over to her to learn how to make them Here’s my first go-around making them, following her instructions:
I call these my “Candy Cane Stars”. I made a few other sets, too. I made 6 of each, and added metallic embroidery floss for hanging them on a tree. Here are my “Eloquent Stars”… nice and shiny
my “Pastel Stars”
and my “Rainbow Stars”.
I also made a bunch of “Pure White Stars” to add to my Snowflake windows.
I will caution you, they are very addicting! If you feel like you are all thumbs the first time you make one, not to worry. Before you know it, you’ll be able to fold them with your eyes closed. I made all the stars, except the white ones, as gifts. I plan to make more for myself in various colorways, and use them throughout the year in my seasonal decorating. Give them a try. Tons of fun