Tuesday, 14 January 2014

How to Make a German Star


I know, I know, this German or Froebel star is technically a Christmas decoration, but wouldn't it be a wonderful paper decoration for a present all year round?  There simple-ish to make so don't be put off by the number of steps.  Just make sure you have plenty of paper to hand in case you make a boo-boo. I promise once you've got the hang these are quick and easy to make.

You will need strips of coloured paper in your chosen colour(s).  For your first star I recommend using four different colours as you can see what's going on better.  The strips can be any width/length but they need to be roughly 20 times as long as they are wide and it is TOTALLY ESSENTIAL that they are all identical widths.

Choose four strips of paper and fold each one in half length ways.  Hang strip 2 (pink) across strip 1 (blue).  Hang strip 3 (green) across strip 2 (pink).  Place strip 4 (purple) across strip 3 (green) and pull the ends through strip 1 (blue).

Pull all four strips tightly together as shown in the first of the above pictures.  Grab the top layer of one of the strips and fold back over itself.  Repeat until you have done this for all four strips.  When you fold back the final strip (pink in the middle picture above) push it under the first strip you folded back. Roughly tighten your star so it looks like the third of the above pictures.

Turn it over so it looks like the first of the above pictures.  Fold any of the left-hand strips at right-angles as shown in the first of the above pictures.  Fold again as shown in the second of the above pictures.  Make sure the folds on the all the points are sharp and fold the strip over itself as shown in the third of the above pictures.

Push the end of the strip under the horizontal strip underneath.  The first of the above pictures shows the pink strip has been pushed under the green strip directly underneath the point and is being pulled out the other side.  This stage is probably the fiddliest, so go easy.  Continue until all four left-hand strips have been turned into points as shown in the second of the three pictures above.  Turn over your work as shown in the third of above pictures.

Check your star is now lying on the table as shown in the first of the above pictures.  It would be identical on both sides.  Continue to use the strips that are sticking out.  Lift up on of them and make a loop on the strip by gently turning it downwards then back on itself.  Tuck it under the strip that is round the corner from it.  In the second of the above pictures, I have looped the pink strip and tucked it under the blue strip.  Push it under that strip so that you pull the end of the loop out from under the triangle which is diagonally opposite where the loop started.  You can see me pulling out the pink strip from under the blue triangle in the third of the above pictures.

Carefully pull the strip tight so that a star point rises up from the initial look.  Repeat three times until there are four points sticking up.  Turn over your work.

Grab the top layer of one of the strips and fold back over itself, leaving room to tuck in another strip. Repeat until you have done this for all four strips.  When you fold back the final strip (blue in the third picture above) push it under the first strip you folded back.

Roughly tighten your star so it looks like the first of the pictures above.  Cut off any excess strips.  Give yourself a pat on the back and go try another one!


German stars - give it a go.  They're easy once you get the hand of it!


Follow with Bloglovin' // Follow on Twitter // Find me on Pinterest

3 comments:

  1. Is that the Tiger kit?

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is so pretty! Would love to have a go! Thank you for sharing it with us #pintorials

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Eileen! And thank you for visiting! x

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...