Today’s post contains the instructions for making the second of three little star books. The one being made today is shown in the upper left corner of the picture below.
You will need 5 squares of copier paper, some card stock, narrow ribbon, and a bead. All my gluing for the model was done with a glue stick. If you wish to work from a crease pattern, you can download one here. Today’s little star book is the middle one that folds into a triangle.
Start with one of your paper squares placed in front of you in a diamond shape.
Fold the bottom tip of the diamond up to meet top point.
Open flat again and rotate so that the fold line is vertical.
Fold bottom point up to match the top.
Open your paper flat, then turn it over and orient it as a square.
Fold the bottom edge up to match the top.
Open flat, then do the final fold by pushing in on the sides and pushing the top and bottom edges together. You will be folding away from yourself.
Your folded page should look like this:
Repeat the folding steps with your other four squares. Assembly is done the same way as the first little star book. You can find gluing the instructions here. The cover can be made by cutting a square of card stock the same size as your paper squares, cutting that square in half on the diagonal, then cutting the resulting triangles in half. This will produce four little triangles: enough for covers for two little books.
When gluing on the ribbon and then the covers, remember that the point is the ‘spine’ or closed side of the book, and the base of the triangle is the ‘fore-edge’ or open side.
The advantage of this format is that a point of the star is at the top when the book is hung. The possible disadvantage is that the page format is a triangle which might be more difficult to work with if you plan to add content.
In book arts news:
Periodically I come across a book artist whose work I have not seen before on the internet. This week it was Susan Bowers from Queensland, Australia.
Her posts are thoughtful, well illustrated, and well-written. I recommend that you check out her work and writing here.
In other news:
It’s finally Spring here. I took this photo out the porch window on the 17th of April.
We had been having temperatures running between 10 and 20 degrees below normal for ages.
On Monday, the 23rd, I took this picture out the same porch window: the bird feeder, which is the deer’s destination, is just out of frame on the right.
There are actually three deer within the frame of the image, and if you look very hard you can see green grass through the shrubbery.
The temperature yesterday hit 26 C. and although the temperatures for the coming week will be a bit below normal for the time of year, the roads are clear and David and I are riding bikes again. Yay!