Waldorf Winter–Window Stars

There are two basic beginning shapes for window stars–the rectangle and the square–this tutorial will have one of each.  Before we get started, let’s cover a few details:

First, I am eight months pregnant.  Please excuse the fact that my hands look like ten sausages tooth picked to two apples. Next, traditional Waldorf stars use kite paper, but I used semi-transparent origami paper.  I had it already and the effect is nearly the same.  If you are a HHP subscriber, you received the materials to make stars in observance of Three Kings Day. You can choose additional bright colors, or you might want to use whites, blues, and purples to follow a winter theme. Our stars go on the sliding glass door in the playroom, and I find that vibrant colors make Iowa dreariness a little more tolerable. I’m making the stars for this tutorial on the day before Winter Solstice, so I’m folding two kinds of sunbursts. Finally, if you plan on making multiple stars over many years, I highly suggest a paper cutter.  Mine was fourteen dollars and worth ever penny!

Let’s get started with a square-based star. Fold a piece of paper in half diagonally.

imagePlace the paper in front of you, oriented in the diamond position.  Take the left and right corners and fold them to the midline, as if you were making a paper airplane. image

Unfold and lay your paper flat again.  Take the right and left corners and fold them to the newest crease.  Then fold again (along the previous crease) to make your paper look like an upside-down kite.image

imageTake the new right and left corners and fold to the midline.  Now your segment will look like a diamond. Repeat fifteen times.image


Time to start gluing! Lay the left edge of one segment over the midline of another, with their bottom points touching. Make sure each segment is oriented the same way.imageAfter gluing each segment, hold your star up to the light to ensure that points and lines are as neat as possible.  Since these go on windows, the light will reveal any flaws. I like using a glue stick because it’s very forgiving and allows for repositioning. Repeat, repeat, repeat! As you glue each segment, you will notice that various folds stick up here and there. Go ahead and glue these down. When you are ready to glue in your last segment, place the left side on top of the previous segment, just as you’ve done before.  The right side gets glued under the segment to the right. You’re done!image

Next, let’s try a rectangle-based star. Take a square piece of paper, fold in half, and cut along the midline. This is when a paper cutter comes in handy. If you don’t have a paper cutter, just cut along your fold with a very sharp knife. Repeat until you have 16 rectangles.image

image Fold your rectangle in half, and then fold each corner into the midline.image

image Fold each corner into the midline one more time so that you are left with a diamond shape. imageStart gluing! Again, glue the left side of each segment to the midline of the previous segment, making sure each is oriented the same way.imageKeep going until you reach the last segment. Don’t forget that the left side goes over the segment to the left while the right side goes under the segment to the right. When you are finished, use your glue stick to affix your stars to a window. Don’t worry, the glue washes off without a problem. I finished writing this tutorial in the evening, so there’s no sun to show you the finished project. I’ll get a picture up tomorrow, I promise! In the meantime, here’s a picture of other stars in our playroom. The orange and yellow stars are the same as the ones I made for this tutorial.image

These are two pretty basic designs. What I love about Waldorf window stars, though, is your ability to improvise. Once you’ve made a few and you have an idea for the shapes and folds, get creative! If you fold the points of each of these stars into their centers, for example, you get something that looks more like a snowflake. You can also make a larger and smaller star of two different colors and place them on top of the each other. Or make two of the same stars and stagger them. Have fun and please share your results on Instagram with the tag #happyhedhehogpost!