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I love these ornaments but I learned something important as I made this year’s batch – 6 inch paper makes huge stars.  I’m not positive what size paper I used in the past but it must have been no bigger than 5 inches (square).  We still love these and it was a great way to clean out my origami paper stash.

Supplies are really simple – 14 squares of paper (I use origami paper but you can cut your own), glue, a needle and thread to make a hanger.

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I used origami paper but you can use any lightweight paper – copy, scrapbook.  I would avoid anything like cardstock because you need paper that can fold several times without issue.

Determine which side you want out.  You can use recycled paper because you will not see the back side of the paper at all when you are finished (okay, there’s a slight chance that a tiny, tiny sliver might peek out).

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Fold the paper in half to create a crease down the center.  Open.

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Fold the other way so that you have 2 creases that cross in the center.

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With the back side facing up, fold the corners into the center.

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If your folds do not line up perfectly, that’s okay.  I pick the best “seam” and use that for the top of my kite.  To make the kite, fold two corners towards the center line.

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Fold the top part back, away from the seams.

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Fold in half to make an arrow.

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This is approximately what your pieces should look like (hard to get a good picture).

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This is not how I normally do my stars.  I take the time to come up with my color scheme and plan out the star before I fold but since I was just working to use up odd papers, I folded them all (making sure I had sets of 14).  Here I am just showing my finished points.  It took me about 2 work days to fold all those in between everything I was doing.  The folding is a little time consuming but perfect for using up a few minutes here and there.

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After picking my seven sets of pairs for my star, I went to work determining how I wanted them sorted.

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To assemble the star, place the points of one “arrow” into the opening on the back of another one.

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Keep attaching points until you have completed your round.  This is the loose stage of assembly.  I’m hoping that it’s clearer than I feel it is.

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Carefully shift your pieces until they fit firmly.  You can call it finished here or before you finalize your star, you can add a little glue to the unions.  As something you are going to make, hang and leave alone, there is no real need for glue but with too much handling the stars come apart.  If you do choose to glue the stars, use a very wet glue.  You want to give yourself enough time to assemble the entire star and wiggle it into the shape you want before the glue dries.

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My finished star.  This is using the 6 inch paper and you can see it made a large star.  That is a normal sized felt pen (office type) sitting in the middle of it.

I hadn’t gotten around to making the hangers when I took these pictures (and forgot later).  To make a hanger, simply run a needle with some thread through one of the points.  Tie off and hang.

 

 

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