Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-four and a money star

It’s the last minute and you are resorting to giving someone cash or a gift card for Christmas. (I understand that many adolescents actually prefer a prepaid credit card as a present.) There is a star you can fold out of bills. Canada has switched to polymer currency and folding a star out of plastic banknotes is not possible. (I tried.)

The star is most often made with 5 points, but a 6-point one will hold cash or a card more easily.

This star can be folded out of paper currency. If you have access to that, you only need to fold and assemble five units. If you don’t, you can make a money or gift card holder with six units. Chose a wrapping paper that does not tear too easily and is not too stiff. (Some of the very posh papers are too thick to do this fold easily.) Cut six rectangles measuring 10 cm (4 “) by 21 cm (8.25”). Starting with one rectangle, fold in half lengthwise and open flat again.

Fold the top two corners and the bottom right one in to the centre crease.

Fold the top point down to meet the bottom corner fold at the middle crease.

Turn your paper over.

Unfold what is now the bottom left corner.

Fold the two top corners in to meet at the centre.

Pretend you are making a paper airplane: fold the two upper angled edges in to the middle.

Turn your paper over.

Fold the bottom edge up under the point as far as you can.

Repeat the fold with the new bottom edge.

Repeat the fold for a third time. Don’t worry if the paper won’t go all the way up, just do the best you can.

Turn paper over. You should have an inverted kite shape with two horizontal ‘legs’.

Repeat the above steps with the other 5 pieces of paper, then begin the assembly by sliding the left ‘leg’ of a unit (on the right) into the space in the upper part of the kite shape (on the left). The pink pointy finger indicates where the opening is.

Turn your partially joined units over. There should be a ‘leg’ from the upper piece lying across the unit that is now on the left.

You need to slide that ‘leg’ inside the left-hand kite shape. This is accomplished by some wiggling and bending the left-hand unit back while also bending the ‘leg’ involved. This is easier to do than to describe!

Your joined units should look like the picture above. If your paper is stiff and difficult to manage, you can trim a bit off the ‘legs’ at the point indicated above. (Don’t do this if you are using actual money.) Keep assembling the units until you have used all six and you have a star. The last unit is the trickiest to add. If you are planning to include a gift card, you will need to insert it in the space between the kite shapes on one side and the ‘legs’ on the other before adding the last unit.

Here’s the final star with a rewards card included to demonstrate the star’s potential use as a gift card holder.

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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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