Making pretty folded paper German Stars is so popular and addictive that it has become one of my all time top blog posts. There are many ways to decorated with these 16-pointed paper stars. In times pasts, the stars were used outside to decorate trees. To protect the paper from the elements, they were dipped in paraffin.
Find my Step-by-Step video Tutorial to make German Paper Stars by clicking HERE.
Supplies and equipment
- double boiler or something similar to melt the wax
- utensil to flip the stars and remove from melted wax
- waxed paper to place wet stars on to cool (alternatively, if you have attached a hanging thread to your stars, they can be hung from a dowel or something similar allowing the wax to cool and harden)
- bowl for glittering
- completed German Paper Stars
- fine craft glitter (optional)
- needle and thread for making a hanging loop
Place the wax in a bowl over a gently simmering pan of water. A double boiler would work here but I don't have one.
Carefully lower the paper star into the melted wax and allow the wax to coat the star.
Carefully flip the star over making sure the star is completely coated with wax.
Allow the excess wax to drain from from the star.
Working quickly while the wax is still melted, sprinkle with glitter.
Flip and glittered the other side.
Allowed the stars to cool on waxed paper.
Notice how much darker the stars become after being dipped in the wax.
Using a needle and thread, carefully pierce a top point (about a 1/4 of an inch from the top) and tie the string to form a hanger. This can also be done prior to dipping into the wax.
Lots of finished stars!
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