Learning to make German stars has been on my to-do list for a few years so I’m very happy to report that I have finally joined the ranks of those who know how to fold ’em.
I’m not going to lie, I swore a lot (a whole lot) while folding my first star. (Don’t worry, the kids were asleep and out of earshot.) The fact is that folding German stars is a skill that comes after a bit of a learning curve. Those who get a reasonable amount of sleep, will likely have less difficulty mastering this holiday craft project. If you’re feeling a little sleep deprived, I recommend that you make your first star while barricaded in a room by yourself just in case you’re prone to off-color muttering.
In an attempt to help minimize your frustration, I recorded a local expert folding a star (Thanks Jan!) and then I decided to make you a photo-illustrated tutorial to help you master German star making. The ironic part is that I swore the most while putting together the tutorial. At my lowest point when I couldn’t get my photos to upload, I was starting to believe that visiting with each of you personally would be easier than finishing this tutorial. But I kept going with it and I hope you think the results are worth it. Ok, now that I’ve gotten you all pumped up with my up-hill-both-ways tale of technical difficulty, let’s get to it. : )
First, we need to our paper ready. Cut 1/2- inch strips of card stock paper measuring 11″ long in four colors. You will need two strips in each color for a total of eight. To create nice long strips, overlap the matching strips and use a glue stick to glue each pair of 11″ strips together to create strips measuring approximately 21″ in length. (If you have extra long pieces of paper around, you can simply cut 21″ strips and skip the gluing. Now carefully fold each long strip in half. And interlock them to form a basic basket weave as shown below.
*NOTE: You can make these stars using all the same color. In fact, that’s what most people do. I’m using four colors to make the tutorial instructions easier to follow. And please pardon my creased paper, technical difficulties forced a couple “redos.”