Friday, October 8, 2010

Christmas German Star How to

To start you will need 4 x 1" strips of paper cut 22" long. ( I taped mine together)

Since heavier paper is easier to work with I would suggest something like a scrapbooking paper. I also used construction paper and it works but tears much easier.

This is my first time trying my hand at origami, and I just learned how to make this star this morning. It is super easy and super fun after you get the first one down.

I am going to show you how to do it using 4 different colors so hopefully it is easier to see.

Here it goes.

First take your four strips of paper and stack them together. Cut and angle of both ends. This will make it much easier for you to weave.
As you can see I forgot this step lol 

Take two strips  and lay them vertical. As you can see I choose to have my green and yellow.
You will then take strip #3 (white) and horizontally go over top of the green and under the yellow
You then take stip #4 (red) and also horizontally go under the green and over top of the yellow
This creates a basket weave.
You will then fold over every other strip.

When you get to the last strip you will tuck it under like you see in the picture below.
Pull tightly so you have a perfectly woven square.

You will then flip this over and do the same thing on the other side! 
Take the upper-left piece and fold it around the back and to the right, forming a triangle. Fold it over to form a second triangle that is a mirror image of the first. Fold the piece over to the left at the crease between the two triangles to form one triangle. Bring the arrow through the upper-right fold and pull taut. Fold it back so that it sticks up toward you. Turn the star counterclockwise and repeat this process all the way around the star. Turn the star over and repeat the process for the pieces on that side. You now should have a star with four strips of paper shooting out of both sides.

  • Take the star and position it so that the pieces that stick out are pointing toward you on one side and away from you on the other. Take the piece on the right side and fold it into a loop in a counterclockwise direction like you are making a bow. Thread the arrow end through the fold on the upper left. Push it all the way through the the triangle that forms one of the points of the star. Trim the end off so that it is flush with the star point 

    Turn the star and repeat this process for all 4 pieces. 

    Then flip the star and do the same on the other side. 

    You now have a complete 3D star. 

    Decorate it any way you choose!
    Here is a link to a video on how to do it, it may be easier to watch it being done 


    1. Hi Aleisha,

      I think this is maybe harder to do than it I love the art of origami, & just bought a beautiful origami book at a yard sale a few wks ago. Haven't tried anything in it yet, but just love the whole concept& the beautiful end result. I must get some scrap booking paper at the dollar store. :) talk later xoxo

    2. This looks really neat! I am definitely going to give it a try!