Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-one and stars for the table

If you are so inclined, you can use stars to decorate your dining table for festive meals. Some Froebel star coasters might be nice.

You can find the basic steps for flat stars suitable for coasters on the Starfolds website. (The first steps can be found here, as the Starfolds tutorial starts the process part way through.) I used the first variation and will just add a few tips to supplement the basic instructions provided elsewhere.

The sample coaster I made has a central square measuring 2.5 inches (about 6.4 cm) on a side. If you only have copier paper to work with, a strip 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) wide and the length of a standard sheet will not be long enough. You will need to join two lengths together, but the seam can be easily hidden. (Photographing invisible tape in poor light presents a challenge.)

Join your lengths, then fold each strip just above the tape join. Keeping the tape side of each strip facing you, interlock the four strips.

The next step —folding over and interlocking half the strips— will cover the tape joins. (Steps 7 – 10 of the Mathematische Basteleien instructions.)

The Starfolds instructions show drawing the trimming line (first version) on the outside of the strips. If you are working with an opaque paper, it can be difficult to tell exactly where the line should go. I drew my lines on the inner surface, using the point into which the end ultimately fits as a guide. Then I carefully trimmed the tips just inside that line.

You can use decorative paper for the stars, or two colours, or dress them up a bit with a sticker.

Star napkin rings could be a nice touch. You can download a pdf with a printable template for a pair of them here. If you are using regular card stock, they may not survive the evening, but they will look nice when people come to the table.

Alternatively, you could draw your own template for the version below. This image was uploaded to Pinterest by Lorena Moya.

There are no instructions, but it is a pretty simple idea. If you decide to try this with a 5-pointed star, be sure to allow enough room between the star’s notches and the cutout slots. The slots are equidistant from the notches in a 6-pointed star. The same would be true of a star with eight points.

If making napkin rings doesn’t appeal, perhaps fancy napkin folding will.

This particular fold can be found in multiple locations on the web. (I found seven before I stopped looking.) I chose the one from Giallo Zafferano because the tutorial comes in both still pictures of the steps and a video of the process.

Finally, if you are moderately ambitious, you could make trivets based on Maria Sinayskaya’s Robin Star.

I wouldn’t put things directly out of a 350 Fahrenheit oven onto a paper trivet, but they would be OK under serving platters or gravy boats. My little one was made from 3 inch squares and measures 2.75 inches from tip to tip. You can scale up accordingly to get the diameter you want.

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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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