We recently changed out our window stars with some more springy-looking ones. I wanted to try some new patterns, but was really frustrated that so many patterns require rectangle pieces of paper, given that kite paper comes in squares. I finally broke down and made one window star that called for rectangle pieces of paper, by cutting our large sheets of kite paper into rectangles. Overall, the best directions that I have found for makings window stars come from this site. It is in German, but you don’t need to be able to read the directions, as the pictorial instructions are so good.
Then I decided to see what I could make by making random, symmetrical folds. I ended up with a "cross made out of arrows” looking window star that I thought looked pretty.
I will try to give directions to make this window star, in case anyone wants to try making one. I don’t have as nice of visuals that the German site has though.
I started with a square piece of kite paper and folded it in half in each direction, thereby dividing it into fourths.
I then brought each corner into the center point, formed by the two folds from the previous step.
I folded each triangle back towards the outside, leaving about 1/4” of the previous fold intact.
After doing this to all four sides, it should look like the photo above.
I then folded the triangles inwards again, leaving about 1/4” of the outward fold (so it has an accordion type fold at this point).
I then turned the paper so that one corner was facing downwards, one was facing upwards, one was to the right, and one was to the left. I brought the left corner inwards towards the middle line/fold. Then I brought the right corner in also, so that a kite shape was formed.
I then folded a bit of each side outwards. I repeated these steps four times with four pieces of kite paper. I had to tape the four pieces together, as there was no way to tuck them into each other. I think we may experiment more with making up our own designs, as it was lots of fun.
Once again, here is a list of vendors, who sell kite paper.
- A Child’s Dream
- A Toy Garden
- Bella Luna Toys
- The Bookstore at Rudolf Steiner College
- Bumblebee Toys (Canadian)
- Enchanted Forest Toys
- Imagine Childhood
- Meadowsweet Naturals
- Nova Natural ****
- Waldorf Supplies
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