Thursday, November 19, 2009

Folded Paper German Star Video Tutorial


I made a tutorial for folded paper German Stars. Sometimes they are called Moravian Stars or Froebel Stars. You may want to make some for decorating a Christmas tree, gifts, wreaths or to display in a pretty bowl.

My favorite are the pure white... so pristine and elegant.
They are very pretty in bright colors too. These remind me of a quilt pattern.
A popular shade of blue... cool and wintry.
My tutorial is in two parts

Part 1
video

Part 2

video
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(Note: Traditionally these German Stars were dipped in paraffin to help protect them from the outdoor elements. I displayed some on a tree on my porch last year and they suffered no ill effect)
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Additional Information added after original post:

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In response to some questions I have received about the paper and the wax:
I have used paper like the kind you use for the computer and taped the strips together for the length I needed. You can purchase packages of pastel colored paper and also  Bright primary colors. I find the tape is hardly noticeable even when dipping in the wax. Just be sure to use as little tape as necessary and keep it very smooth with the edges or else you will have trouble sliding the strip through the pockets.
I have ordered paper strips from the Starcraft Etsy Shop and really like them. They have a great selection and beautiful paper.
I LOVE the metallic paper ~ it is easy to work with and makes gorgeous stars.

Construction paper does not work. I also made stars made with newspaper ads. Use the kind with the slightly shiny surface for colorful stars but regular newsprint can be used as well. All paper darkens significantly when dipped in the wax. Un-waxed stars are pretty too.
Click link below for How-to for dipping stars in wax
I melt paraffin over a double boiler (actually a metal bowl that fit nicely in a small pot) I added string using a needle and going through one of the outside points. Using the string (and sometimes a fork), I try to dip the stars as quickly as possible, lay them onto a waxed-paper covered cookie sheet and quickly sprinkle on the glitter. I also try to drain out any extra wax that enters the points of the star so it does not puddle and cause globs in the finished star. I tried dangling the stars from a horizontal dowel but found it more difficult to evenly sprinkle the glitter.

When you get the hang of folding the stars, try smaller ones (3/4", 1/2" and 1/4" width paper). Tiny ones are more difficult but miniature is always so cute.

122 comments:

hip chick said...

O.K. it looks like I'm the first. That's what I get for being awake at this time of day.
I think I like the white stars best even though the other colors are fun as well.
I am already a follower. I like your blog a lot.
And, I have posted about your giveaway on my blog.
thank you.

Hey I just glanced over and realized that you have four daughters...so do I!

Lady Farmer said...

Of course I would love to enter your giveaway! The stars are gorgeous and you are so generous to give away so many! I love them all but I think the white ones are my most favorite! I am already a follower and I am putting your giveaway on my sidebar!
I really wanted to read the tutorial because I can't watch video on my computer (dial-up... it just doesn't work!) so I really hope I win! ;~}
Blessings!

crochet lady said...

That is so kind of you to share such a wonderful craft with us. I have always admired those kinds of paper stars and wondered how they were made. Now I know!

Mac an Rothaich said...

So pretty! We lived in a Mennonite community for years and I recognize these! They are beautiful decorations!

Christy said...

I love these stars. Thank you sooooo much for putting up the tutorial. Hopefully I can get a chance to make some. Where do you get paper that is 25 inches long? Craft store I am assuming?
I posted a link on my blog and of course I am already a follower. Love your blog!

The B's said...

Splendid stars!!! I would love to enter your giveaway for the snowy white ones. =) I am a follower, and I'm heading over to my sidebar right now to spread the news! Thank you!

Laurie said...

What a blessing - 1 year of blogging, connecting with so many, inspiring and being inspired. Thank you for the star tutorial and the giveaway offer. I am partial to the white stars for Christmas, a reminder of the star that shown so bright on the night our Savior was born. In joy, Laurie

Mildred said...

Congrats on your anniv.
Such a pleasure to visit with you.
I've put a link to your giveaway on my blog.
The stars are so pretty - I love the colored ones.

AmBurg said...

I love the blue. Definitely the blue, but they are all so pretty! Congrats on the blog anniversary.

Tara said...

CONGRATS! I think I am getting close to a year blogging myself. May have to do a giveaway soon myself.
The stars are lovely. I love all the colors, but the white is my favorite.
Have a blessed day!
Hugs...
tara

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a blessing your blog has been to me! I'm so grateful I found you! Happy Anniversary and I hope you have many, many more. I would love the blue stars!!! But more importantly, I'm just glad to be a part of your blogging world!!! Enjoy your day!

~~Deby said...

I love these..love these...and of course I am a follower...and...will post this on the TOP of my sidebar for all to see...I hope I can figure this out...sitting is a bit hard..and the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak...
You are such a talented lady...
I would choose PINK...
Deby
btw..thanks for posting this *early*...such wisdom in doing that...!!!

The Lil Missus said...

Count me in!!! I LOVE those and we come from SUCH a German family over here at the Daunheimer-Schmidt house (lol! Right?!) that they would be perfect on our tree! I'd love the multi-color ones! I just became a follower and posted about this over on my blog (stillwritingloveletters.blogspot.com).

Anonymous said...

I clicked over here from One Pretty Thing & I'm sure that I'll be visiting you again! I like the dark purple/aubergine stars the best, but all are beautiful & I'll be trying to make them for myself, too. Thank you for the videos!
BettyC

Mary-Eileen said...

question:

what type of paper do you use? 25 inches long?

CJ said...

LOVE this tutorial, thanks sooooo much! My family always had these on our tree and I thought my older siblings had made them in scouts. Now that my parents are gone and a brother has all the ornaments (or gave them to Goodwill)I only have memories of these stars. I even bought a kit many years ago at a Craft show but never could figure out the instructions. Thanks for doing a thorough tutorial not just saying repeat this for all the rest of the points. A couple of questions - what kind of paper are you using (figuring out where I will find 25" strips) and what is the parafin dipping process like?
If I won I would be happy with any color. They are all beautiful!

CJ said...

I am now a follower of your blog!!

Dix said...

Wow. Love this idea. Will see if my fingers are nimble enough to make one. I like cream and pink the best.

The Little Pixie said...

Hi,let me introduce myself, I am Lili, and I really like your blog. I am so happy I stumbled upon it!!
I absolutely LOVE your stars!!! I am a big paper fan + a big star fan which= me entering into this marvelous contest.
Thank you for also sharing your tutorial!
Stars are so magical, especially this time of year!
If I was so lucky to win this, fingers-crossed, I would absolutely LOVE the multi-colored stars. I would be ever-so grateful for this delight!!!!
Also, I am going to follow you right, now, and I am going to blog about your contest.
Please come and visit my blog at
www.pixie-dust-central.blogspot.com
Please feel free to subscribe, and comment on anything at my blog. I hope you enjoy it!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love these stars! I've always wanted to know how to make them. Came over here from OnePrettyThing, and love your blog! I'm now a follower too! (Still trying to figure all that out- new to the following process!)

If I won, I'd love to have the white set of stars. :)

beccas_song@yahoo dotcom

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Just Beautiful, every single one! Instead of choosing, I'd rather be surprised -smile-.

Lara said...

Saw you on One Pretty Thing. LOVE the stars--especially the white ones. I'll be making some, but would love to win too!

The Little Pixie said...

Hi,
It's me Lili again. I just wanted to let you know that I did follow you, and put your blog post on my blog with the link to your blog, in case you checked earlier, and didn't see it. My computer froze, and I couldn't do it at the time I posted my comment.

So, please visit my blog @
www.pixie-dust-central.blogspot.com
Feel free to browse around, and comment there at anytime.
I would also like to congratulate you on your 1 year anniversary!!!

The Watts Family said...

Thank you for sharing this I bookmarked this post when we get settled I would like to make some of these as decorations.....May the Lord bless you with many more years of Blogging and in Good Health ~Blessings Heather

my Grama's Soul said...

This is the first time I have visited your blog. I have just started this journey - so congrats! on your 1 year anniversary. You star ornaments are truly beautiful - I have just become a follower and will post a link on my blog. I know this is a busy time of the year - but if you feel like stopping by and saying hi, please do so.

Blessings,

Jo

Anonymous said...

Hello!
I saw your giveaway on my Auntie's blog...
I love your beautiful handiwork! I would choose the white stars... Also, I love your blog song, "Ancient Words". Thank you!
~Myranda
love_to_sing44@hotmail.com

tajmahill said...

I enjoyed your tutorial and would love to make these with my students at school. Is there a way to turn the music off while you are listening to the tutorial?

Denise said...

I absolutely love your German stars! I would be happy with any of them, but if I had to choose, I'd probably choose the white ones because they would go with anything and I could decorate with them in every room.

Thanks so much for such a great giveaway!

Denise

Denise said...

I became a follower!

Denise said...

I also blogged about your giveaway here:
http://laughingburnsmorecaloriesthancrying.blogspot.com/

Thanks again!
Denise

Meg said...

Hi there- I love how these look! I saw you on one pretty thing and had to come over because of your lovely picture of the blue star... then I saw the white ones and WOW. I think the white ones are my favorite.

I'd love to try making some of my own- and was also wondering where you got the 25" long paper- thanks for updating the post with that information.

I've put this in my post today- www.megacrafty.com.

The day you pick winners is my birthday, would love to win, these gorgeous stars would be a great birthday present!

Thanks so much for the great tutorial and Happy Anniversary!

onelovelygurl05 said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary. Purple is my favorite color so of course I loved the purple combination star. Keep up the great work!

Miss Jen said...

Congratulations dear Mrs.H!
I would LOVE to enter your giveaway!!
Your blog has been a sweet-sweet blessing
in my life!!!! I praise God for you!

Love & Blessings~ Jen

grey like snuffie said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. One of our girls LOVES stars....I will have to try making these...wonderful idea to dip them in wax. Happy anniversary...I'm having so much fun peeking into other worlds...it brightens my day. This is a wonderful give away idea. Consider me hopeful to win these fun stars.

onelovelygurl05 said...

Since my last comment, I have become a follower and mentioned your giveaway in my blog. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Patricia said...

Lovely, I am from Germany and haven't seen these since leraving home.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi. I was just over at A Robin's Egg Blue and saw where Linda had posted about your giveaway. I'm so glad she did. I love the beautiful white ornaments. They're all so pretty. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Kebeni said...

thanks for the tutorial, it is so simple to follow. Great stuff!

Panya said...

Ooh, the blue are gorgeous!

Leah said...
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Leah said...

Congratulations on one year of blogging! I tried out your tutorial today - great fun- and have blogged about your giveaway. I'm also a follower. Oh, and I'd choose the bright stars!

Carol Mae said...

Congrat's for one year of blogging, I'm on my 2nd month, and love it. I have become a follower and posted your giveaway on my side bar. I love the the stars, so pretty. I really like the multi colored a lot. Would love to win. Blessings, Carol

Anonymous said...

I would love the have the multi colored stars. In the mean time, I'll give it a try and fold some stars.
Patonslake

june at noon said...

I've only just found your blog, but what a good time for it! I especially love the elegant white stars, and I'd love a chance to win some since I don't know that I'll have time this year to make my own. Lovely!

june at noon said...

Oh, and I'm a follower now. ;)

Ammy said...

I love the bright colored stars. They too, remind me of a quilt pattern. Your tutorial is so easy to follow. Makes me want to go get some paper so I can make some.

Ammy said...

I am now a follower AND I mentioned your givaway on my blog. I also left a link to your blog. YAY!

Erin said...

The blue are truly beautiful! Thanks for reminding me of these!

cmpsaun said...

I LOVE these! Particularly fond of the white ones and would love to win them.
Thank you, Christine

Sherrill said...

Hi:o]

I found your web blog thru WhipIt's newsletter and love it:) Especially enjoy the Scriptures you include:o) The stars are beautiful:) Not sure if I'll ever perfect them, but fun to try:] God bless you this Christmas season as we celebrate our Lord's birthday:) Have a blessed day in our Lord's house tomorrow<:o] Blessings, Sherrill <><

lanas y tramas said...

Amazing tutorial, thank you so much!!!!

Jeanne said...

Thank you for the tutorial on making the German
Stars! I will blog about your giveaway tonight.

Anonymous said...

I really love this, thank you for taking the time to explain how to make these beautiful stars! Its hard to choose a favorite... but the blue are so pretty :) iheartoranch (at) yahoo (dot) com

Debbie said...

These are so beautiful. I have always wanted to try this but time slips away. Maybe this year.

Thank you for the giveway.

debbie peysen
deb.peysen@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

Your blog is wonderful, I don't have a blog but love learning new things reading all of the wonderful ideas around. God Bless & Merry Christmas.
debbie s.
justvisiting10@aol.com

Bernadette said...

Hi,
I just found your site! I have always wanted to make the stars! Thanks for posting the tutorial. I would love the white or blue if I am that lucky. I am going to link to your lovely blog. I would love to read it all of the time. Have a blessed holiday! Bernadette
daveandbern1@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

Love the stars - would love the white. I live in Lititz, PA and our town has a large Moravian church. Many homes have Moravian stars that they hang outside during the Christmas season that when lit at night are just beautiful. Love your site and look forward to your posts. Kim
kimlessig@yahoo.com

Kebeni said...

Thank you again, I do have a question though. Every time I go to do one of these I am ok until I flip it over to do the final round of points and the tails of paper are just too short to work with. Am I doing something wrong or is it that I need to cut longer strips? I am following your instructions to the letter, thanks Kellli

momma rae said...

love these stars!! thanks so much for the tutorial! i am looking forward to making these...now to make the time to do so! ;)

Leslie said...

these are so fun and beautiful. you are so generous to give these away. congrats on your blogaversary. i am going to become a follower as well.

Laurie said...

I was finally able to add a link to your post today - I am not very good at some of the finer points of blogging, I am afraid!

XenaBallerina said...

What a wonderful day to find your blog! How generous of you to provide the directions for these lovely stars and your giveaway will be such a delight to the receiver. AS soon as I have finished with an upcoming exam I will give them a try but what a joy it would be to receive some in the interim. Re the colour - surprise me! Blessings to you for Christmas.

J said...

Thanks for the chance to win some of your beautiful stars! They are all beautiful, but I thin for this time if year I like the white the best.

socmama said...

The stars are beautiful! I like the white ones. Happy blog anniversary.

Anonymous said...

I love "Walking in the Air" Thanks! My kids and I watched the British Snowman video this comes from..only about a million times, and that was only yesterday, wasn't it?? (my baby is a junior in college...)

And thanks for the refresher on these stars.

Happy Christmas! Suzanne

Jenns Three Graces said...

Don't know if it's too late to wish upon a star but this would make a perfect 1st Christmas gift for my son nd future daughter in law if its possible........pretty (very pretty!) please? Jennifer

JenBerry said...

I'm going to try these out as holiday gifts this year. They are absolutely beautiful! I added myself as a follower of your blog and posted this to my blog as well --- I have some very crafty friends out there that I hope will see it too ;) http://greyt-life.blogspot.com/

Abby said...

Hi! I'm actually a Moravian! It's rare anyone knows much about us. And I have my star lit in my house right now! My grandmother and her friends used to make these all the time, but I've never known how. I'm so happy to find your site!

I followed your blog above, and if you click on the link I'm leaving you'll see not only my Moravian star, but a link to your post!

http://shallwecook.blogspot.com/2009/12/almond-lace-cookies.html

Ann Martin said...

Congratulations on your lovely blog. I'm another fan of the folded paper stars and linked to your post yesterday on my blog, All Things Paper. Your video tutorial is super!
http://allthingspaper-annmartin.blogspot.com/2009/12/folded-paper-stars.html

Lina said...

Hi there, I just wanted to say thank you for your very clear tutorial (I found it via whip up I believe). Since watching it I have become addicted to making these and have just made myself a Christmas wreath from newspaper using eight stars.

http://linaloo.typepad.com/linaloo/2009/12/frucool-recycled-christmas-wreath.html

Karen W said...

I would love to enter the contest nd white would be my color. I have become a follower and put a link with a picture of the stars on my site.
http://karenandpat.spaces.live.com/

You mention a link to get the paper and I believe it used to be there, but it is goe now would you be able to send it to me at luv2cr8@triad.rr.com

Thanks Karen
Sorry if this a duplication -I thought I had entered before.

Alex said...

Thank you so much for the video tutorials you created. They made it so easy to learn how to fold these stars. The stars are gorgeous and pretty easy to make once you get used to the steps. I've made about 10 in the last couple of days of varying sizes, colors, and papers. I'm making ornaments out of them to give to friends this Christmas.

marie said...

Please enter me in your folded star ornament giveaway. I don't know how I missed seeing this before now!
Thanks for mentioning mine on your blog!

Fiona said...

Thank you so much for sharing - these stars are lovely, I just made one from your very clear tutorial. They look so complicated and you make it so simple.

Sarita said...

oh my gosh, these are lovely! i'll have to bookmark your tutorial and try it later on. thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway - i'd love to win some of these (since mine certainly won't be as beautiful as yours)! :)
cheers
sarita0818 at comcast dot net

Sarita said...

also a follower now :)
sarita0818 at comcast dot net

Marsha from Texas said...

I would love the white stars, they are so elegant. Thanks for the tutorial.
marshanba@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I made these stars 15 years ago, but I used white ribbon instead of paper. I still hang them on the chandelier over our dining table every Christmas. The year that I made them, I made extras and when a guest commented on how beautiful the stars looked, I removed one and gave it to them as a gift. I was searching for instructions on how to make them again when I discovered your site. Thank you for refreshing my memory with your tutorial and the idea to use paper. May your Christmas be filled with joy and love!

Andrea said...

Thank you for the tutorial and I would love the white ones. Can't wait to try this!

Jillana said...

This is just what I wanted to find. Something elegant and inexpensive. I am a very DIY kind of gal but have found it more difficult this year due to being a caregiver to my parents and my daughter who is disabled. I think I would choose the white sparkle stars. They would look gorgeous on my tree and around my home. Thanks you so very much.
Jillana Holt-Reuter

Love Bears All Things said...

I enjoyed the tutorial and I am anxious to try doing one of these. I think I like the blue ones best.
Mama Bear

Lea-Ann said...

Great tutorial! Thank you! I like the white ones best I think!

Lea-Ann said...

Oh, and I'm a follower!

Christina said...

Beautiful! I prefer the white.

Christina said...

BTW Happy anniversary and I am a follower.

Julie Andrea said...

Hmmm .. do you think these would work if they were made with starched strips of fabric?

Julie Andrea
sundayschild1966ATyahooDOTcom

Laurie said...

I was just looking over your blog and I realized I hadn't mentioned that I put a link on my blog for your giveaway (and I am a follower). I am always edified by what you share; thank you!

Shasta said...

These are beautiful. I made these as a teenager, but forgot how. Thanks for the reminder!

XenaBallerina said...

Oops - I can't tell if you can access my email or not - I'm still figuring out this blogging business! xenaballerina@gmail.com

Ammy said...

My blog is private so my email address is ammy.moore@gmail.com

LDH said...

An email received from Sue:

Hi,
I just saw your stars and tutorial on your blog. They are beautiful.
I have made the stars for gifts in the past using gift wrapping ribbon rather than paper. You can get so many colors and textures, as well as sizes. The iridescent ribbon is gorgeous but hard to see as you are working. i have never dipped them in paraffin- it does make them look nice.

I don't have a blog so wasn't able to add my comment to your post. You can add it for others to read if you like.
I would love to win a set- especially the white or multi-colors.

Merry Christmas
Sue

Jenns Three Graces said...

These are so elegant and pretty - my colors are this and silver and glass - perfect!! thanks you so much for all the beauty you bring to your blog - I look in all the time - it's always a pleasure. Jennifer

Lisa said...

That was the best tutorial I've ever followed. Thanks so much for sharing this! I'll be making a bunch of these :)

lucy.oh said...

Precioso la estrella los felicito he visto el video,no se las medidas pero voy a tratar de hacerlo(no sé inglés) GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR el tutorial les escribo desde Lima Perú.
y que reciban bonito el AÑO NUEVO 2010 un abrazo para toda tu familia.

LDH said...

Dear Lucy.oh,

He usado Google para traducir tu comentario. Gracias por tus amables palabras! Envío de Feliz Año Nuevo deseos para usted en el Perú! Por favor visite de nuevo. Atentamente, LDH

Cassie said...

I had never heard of these German Stars until yesterday. I gave our school nurse a similar crafted star. She told me that her German grandfather made stars for their tree. Intrigued, I looked this up on the internet. Your tutorial was well done and easy to understand, plus, I could back up whenever I needed to. I used strips of paper from our huge rolls of paper at school. You can easily get any length you need without taping the end together. Thanks. Cassie

College Research Paper said...

I appreciate the work of all people who share information with others.

Hootin' Anni said...

Now, this is going to age me....but I made these in grade school...some 50 years ago. And, I've told my husband about them...never to be able to find the 'how' until now!!

You're a treasure!!

Thank you sooooooooooo much!!!

happeningswithLana said...

I just found your blog! I have received a star in a swap made from material and all the instructions I found were hard to understand. Your tutorial looks excellent! Will be a definite ornament for people this year. TFS!

en.arquitectura said...

Thank you very much for take the time to do this tutorial, the stars are very very beautiful, congrats!

regards from México

Norwegian Phoenix said...

Thank you for the tutorials! I was born in Norway and these stars are what my parents decorated our Christmas trees with for the first few years. (They were teachers in an American school so there was ample paper, but not much else). I can't wait to try to make a few of these for my tree this year. Thanks so much!

Mary said...

I use this make these stars at elementary school but I forgot how to make them.
So thank you for making this tutorial, it was very helpful.

Anonymous said...

Like so many here, thanks for the well done tutorial. Written directions are so confusing, and your video puts things into perspective. Size, pace and well given step-by-step directions were very clear!

Viviana said...

Muchas gracias, muy lindo video

Dimple said...

Hi Lorraine-
I have been wondering how these stars were made, thanks for posting this!
Have you ever tried using ribbon? As I watched the tutorial, I thought of spooled ribbon...

Anonymous said...

Hello,This year I decided to do a antique/vintage tree in my home.I unpacked the ornaments and WOW there was a German Star that I had made in my youth. My German grandmother had taught me how to make these stars.I tried as I may but I could not remember how Grandma helped me those many years ago,(60) to be exact. When I found your website I got very excited and atonce started cutting strips of paper. It only took viewing you video once and I was turning out new stars for my holiday decor. When I tried my first one I used "Junk Mail grorcery adds. The end effect looked like the stars were made from confetti. Once again for a fantastic

jesse elizabeth hunter said...

Thank you for such a well laid out tutorial! I love learning how to decorate in traditional ways, and recycle at the same time (I used magazine pages). These look lovely and the fact that they are a German family ritual blesses me as I use them to style up my place for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

This tutorial is brilliant, thank you very much!!!! Tremendously enjoyed making stars! :)))))

PHYLLIS said...

I am thrilled to have found this website! I was searching for German star instructions...my friend's Mom made these when I was a child (I am 63)and I have had them in my memory all these years. I had another set of instructions which did not have a video;yours are the best! God Bless you and your beautiful family...I also have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. The interests you describe sound like me!

Dinphy said...

I read about your tutorial on another blog. How fabulous it is!
LOVED trying this out, and the instructions are so clear, I could follow with just a few pauses.
Thank you!

JennyO said...

You know I've had 3 Christmases here in Germany and I never knew what those stars are called, I can't wait to try this for our last Christmas here, good thing I'm seeing it in February - I'm not the most talented crafter!

cheryl said...

can you use scrapbooking paper and can you glue the strips together with a glue sticks?

LDH said...

Cheryl ~ I have not used scrapbook paper so I am not sure. I wonder if the thickness might be a little hard to work with but you can give it a try. I have used tiny pieces of tape with success to make longer strips of paper. I did not overlap them because I think a bulge would not slide easily through the folds.

Mhairi said...

Realise that this is a super late comment to your post but I just found it while looking for German stars. I love your tutorials - have you thought about using quilling papers. They are very thin but I have found them in a variety of widths and they work brilliantly for the Japanese stars and other paper crafts that I have tried.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial,it is so easy to follow. And your stars are beautifull.
I˝m making them right now and in love with them:)

Anonymous said...

Hi!

Thank you! Guiding us through these steps made our Sunday afternoon wonderful. My kids loved making these stars.
Greetings from Hungary - Andrea

Calico Mermaid said...

Many years ago my aunt made dozens of these. I love them! The wax kept them nice for many years.

Irene said...

The star is beautiful and the videos are perfect!!!! (from Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Sharkbytes said...

OK, I have to try these. I made Polish Porcupine Balls a couple of years ago.

joy said...

Just have to mention that these stars aren't exclusively German. My dad grew up in Danmark, and stars like these were (and are) traditional among Danish families. We make them whenever our stock gets low, but we've never used tape or wax or anything like that. And my favorite are the white, I agree, quite pristine! :)

Jan said...

I have been making these stars since I was a young girl. We used to make them for Christmas and sell them door to door to the neighbors...They would order dozens....I noticed some inquiries about where to purchase the paper..This is where I ordered mine the last time...http://www.highhopes.com/3dstar.html

I also noticed on the tutorial about dipping them in the wax...We used a coffee can it worked great..That way the stars get a covered easily...We would used thread back then..Now I use a pretty thin ribbon or metallic cord..Dip them then lay them on NewsPaper and glitter....I hope this is some help to someone..I have wonderful memories of making these as a child for Christmas money for my gifts to Mom and Dad...

Susan said...

I found your blog via betzwhite.com.

I remember having a star like this on our Christmas tree when I was a kid, but I don't know who made it or where it came from. I was always intrigued by it.

Thank you for the video tutorial and explaining and showing it ALL step by step.

I do have one question I did not see answered. Does the length of strip vary with the width of the strip or is it always 25 inches long?

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