Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Fourteen and a window star

Decorative stars folded from sheets of translucent paper make a great seasonal window decoration. There are many sites on the web that offer folding patterns, and most of them suggest using kite paper. Since I am trying to limit materials in these daily stars to things that you might have around the house, I made my star out of regular kitchen waxed paper.

The star is made out of modular units, each folded from a square. You will need 8 squares of your chosen paper: kite paper, dyed tissue-weight washi (if you are being very posh), a crisp tissue paper, or plain waxed paper. I used 20 cm (8″) squares and my finished star is 40 cm (16″) from tip to tip. You can use smaller squares, but I wouldn’t recommend anything below 10 cm (4″) when using waxed paper. You will also need a glue stick.

Start with one square and fold it in half along a horizontal line.

Open out your square, then fold it in half along a vertical line.

Open the square again, then fold each corner into the middle.

I used a little dab of glue stick to keep the corners in place.

Fold the side corners into the middle. I used the glue stick again on these corners.

Repeat the steps above with the other seven squares.

Assemble your star by working clockwise, gluing each module to the previous one as shown below.

I attached my star to the window (smoother side out) with little dabs of glue stick at the tips. If you are using a nicer paper and want to re-use your star next winter, I would suggest using tiny squares of removable poster tape for mounting. They will peel off both the window and the star.

There are many patterns that can be made. This German site has a good selection and clear photographic instructions.

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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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