Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Eleven and two star books

Time for another venture back into the book arts: star books.

These are two star books closed:

Many readers will recognise the form.

You can find instructions for this in many places on the internet (like here and here): my problem with most of the 5 point variations is that the star ends upside-down when the book structure is used as an ornament.

I thought I might make a better variation, and started with a circle.

You will need to cut five circles. I used my circle tool from Windstar Designs, but you could use a compass or just trace around a glass. My circle is about 8 cm (just over 3 inches) and I would not recommend going much smaller because folding would be difficult.

Make a template in your preferred manner and cut five circles. If you are using a patterned paper, it is best if it is double-sided.

Fold each circle in half.

Fold the tips of each semi-circle to meet in the middle.

Open the circle completely, rotate 90 degrees, then re-fold the top and bottom to emphasize that crease.

Open the circle again and fold on the line where you previously folded in half. Turn the piece 90 degrees so the fold is at the top.

Fold the left and right corners down to meet the horizontal crease.

Open the circle again.

Reverse the last fold you made so that the circle looks like this:

Repeat with the other four circles. You can follow the instructions from this tutorial to add ribbon (or cord) and covers, and you will have this:


Since this is intended as an ornament, I used a lucky star as a bead to keep the structure opened or closed.

If you would like to make a different star book that isn’t an ornament, you can find instructions here.







About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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5 Responses to Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Eleven and two star books

  1. Cathryn, I like this one! Louise


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