Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-five and a star for the coming New Year

Today’s post includes two stars that are intended for New Year’s Eve: both are tatos (traditional origami paper purse), though one is based on a triangle and the other on a hexagon.

Instructions for the triangular tato appear on a multitude of card-making sites on the web, but I also found this post in German.

The Google English for the text is as follows:

For some years we have the tradition of filling New Year’s Eve, wishful stars. I saw the idea a few years ago at Yoga Vidya when we spent our Christmas there in the ashram. There were these little folded triangles on which you could write a wish. When folded, they make a star that you can give away, release, or keep. I like the idea wonderfully well. And so each year we write our wishes for the New Year on a star. Each one own. It is then folded up and kept at the very back of the flap of my Mahabuches (diary/calendar?) throughout the year. At the end of the year everyone can read his star again, then we give it to the fire. And write a new star for the new year.

The star you can easily tinker. You need a paper for this, which is cut out as an isosceles (equilateral) triangle with a side of your choice (12-15 cm is a good size). Then you fold the star according to the instructions, write down your wishes and close the star.

I was delighted by the idea of saving the wish for a year, then burning it before making another wish. Wishes made for Tanabata were sometimes burned, so this seems an appropriate ritual for this blog which was begun on Tanabata in 2014 primarily because of a project involving wishes.

You can draw your own triangle or download my pdf of a triangle template here.

Print out the template and pierce the edges where the short lines meet the triangle’s outline. Then cut out the triangle. The pointy finger indicates one of the holes that you should have along the triangle’s edges. You will use these holes to establish the scoring lines for folding.

Trace around your triangle, making a mark at each of the pierced holes, then score your paper as indicated below. (The dotted/dashed lines do not appear on your printed template.)

Cut out your triangle. Valley fold the score lines shown above as dotted lines and mountain fold the ones shown with dashed lines. Tuck the third flap under the first one so your six-pointed star looks like the image at the beginning of the post. (It’s the same process as tucking the fourth flap of a cardboard box under the first one to close the box.)

If you have drawn your own triangle, the valley folds can be made by folding each tip to the middle of the opposite side. The distance between the two outer marks on a side (marking the mountain folds) is one third of the length of the side.

You may write your wish on any part of the surface between the mountain folds and the writing will be hidden when the tato is closed.

I have provided some printable designs that you might want to use for your star tatos. They may be coloured using crayons or felt pens or coloured pencils. If you want to centre your design, you can use a window as a light table so that you can see what part of the design will show on the finished tato.

By the time I was cutting these out, the sun had set so I was just guessing!

(If you don’t want to make any stars, you might just use the patterns for a little peaceful colouring.)

If you have large hand-writing, or want to use a star for New Year’s resolutions and have a long list, the second star for the day might be a better choice: an hexagonal tato with a starry closure. It is folded from a pre-cut hexagon.

You can draw your own hexagon, or print out the template pdf here.

Establish the centre of your hexagon either by folding in half three times, matching each flat side to the one opposite, or by placing a ruler where the dotted lines are and marking the centre with a light pencil line. You can erase the pencil mark after you do the folding.

Fold each side of the octagon in to the middle, opening flat after each fold.

Then fold the sides in again, one at a time, bringing the bottom corner down and over the previous layer. This is the same as step 2 for the December 2nd  five-point star. You can find more detailed pictures of the step here. Two points are indicated below.

Fold all six sides. You will have something that looks like this.

Lift up one of the points. Fold it to the right to make the next step easier. Repeat with the other five points.

Lift up the point again and squash it gently to make a kite shape. The tip of the kite should touch the centre of the hexagon.

The flattened shape should look like this.

Repeat with the rest of the points, tucking the last kite shape under the first one.

Here’s another one in pink that was tucked in the other direction.

This fold has a tendency to spring open in the middle, so if you are planning to keep the tato for a year you might want to seal it with a sticker of some kind. The inner surface is completely hidden when the tato is closed, so you can write anywhere on it.

Just a note about ceremonially consigning things to fire: we have a wood stove, so tossing paper things into the flames can be done quite safely. If you do not have a wood stove or a fireplace, please do any burning of things outdoors.

A little bonus: I took some pictures of David collecting our Christmas tree. We have a number of volunteer Scotch pines in the pasture beside our driveway. Some of them are over-crowded and need to be thinned. We selected one that is destined for removal and it is our tree for this year.


We have a small house so the little tree is more than big enough.  ; ]





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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