So I have an obsession over making paper stars, and a few months back I thought of the idea to put them on trees made of wire- Today, I finally found the time to make that reality. Making the wire trunk and branches was a pain, but worth it.
We’re going to a 30th birthday tonight and this is our present: the wished for gift card, buried under some chocolate and lots and lots of hand made lucky stars. My fingers are still aching (maybe next time we won’t be starting making them only 5 days prior to the party).
Okay, guys, here it is! This was the instruction booklet I received with my very first star strip kit, which I bought in 2010 from Klutz, a subsidiary of Scholastic Inc. (This kit, for whatever reason, has become criminally expensive, at least on Amazon.com.) Unlike other star-folding tutorials, it does not instruct you to knot the paper at the start, but to simply fold it backwards into itself. This, I feel, is a much better strategy, as you don’t risk your paper ripping or tearing.
For some reason, my scanner (got it working!) cropped out step 11–this is the step where you tuck the last little nub of paper into your pentagon, in preparation for the crimping that comes afterwards. (The numeral for step 9 is also missing, although the step itself is there, so no worries.) If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
A WORD OF WARNING: ORIGAMI STAR FOLDING HAS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE PROPERTIES, AND IT IS DIFFICULT TO QUIT ONCE YOU START. It also requires tons of patience, full use of your fine motor skills, and just a touch of madness. PLEASE FOLD AT YOUR OWN RISK!
After a long time, I finally made another tree! I went to my girlfriend’s work one day to see what it was like and I met her boss, who’s really nice. Her boss asked me to make a tree with the gay flags (the rainbow-colored ones) and then make solid colored stars in patterns of the rainbow. Turns out her sister is a lesbian, so this is kind of a show of support for her. It was a lot of work because it was the biggest tree I have ever made, but I definitely felt honored to do this for two sisters that support each other. I’m sure this will be a wonderful Christmas gift!
The tree is about 6.5 inches tall and 7 inches wide and has 96 hand-made stars. The gay flags were colored by hand each by me. Total time to make it all was about 5 hours, not including drying time for the glue.