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, traditional Waldorf stars use kite paper, but I used semi-transparent origami … Continue reading
After a long and cold winter, we simply can’t wait to get outside into the garden! We have planting a kitchen garden, butterfly and bee garden and a runner bean tepee on our garden to-do-list this year. If your kids … Continue reading
step by step pictures of how to make your terrarium. Continue reading
While you are waiting for your August Envelopes to arrive, Erin at The Usual Mayhem has provided this lovely window star tutorial. We would love to see your stars. Share pics with us on Instagram using #happyhedgehogpost .
August and September are filled with wonderful opportunities for star-gazing! Here’s a Waldorf window star tutorial so you can enjoy the beauty of the night sky even when it’s cloudy.
You can make a small star, about 6 inches across, from only 1 sheet of kite paper, or you can use 3 sheets and make a medium sized one. I suppose you could go all out and use 8 sheets of kite paper for a huge star, but I prefer to hoard mine so we can make lots of them to fill our window!
-kite paper ( you can get it here)
-stick glue (or white glue; the stick glue lets you get the star up on your window more quickly, though)
Cut your kite paper into equal strips – you’re going to need identical 8 rectangles. If you’re making the small star, fold your paper in half, then turn it sideways and fold it into 4. Open it and cut out your 8 rectangles.
If you’re making the medium star, fold your three sheets into thirds, then cut an inch off the bottom before you open them and cut them into your rectangles (otherwise they are too long and pointy, and almost impossible to fold).
Step 2. Fold your first rectangle in half lengthwise. Open it up and fold each corner down to the center line, as shown.
Step 3. Now, at one end, fold it over again, bringing the side to the middle line. If you’ve never folded a star before, the trick is well creased lines – hold the paper at the line you want it folded to, then use the fingers of your other hand to smooth the paper backwards until it creases crisply. Do this to both sides at this end so it looks like this:
Step 4. This is the hardest fold, but it’s not impossible! Fold those same two corners again. You may have to use the tip of your finger to hold the new point in place as you fold, because it’s really small at the tip. It will look like this:
Step 5: Repeat steps 1 through 4 with the other 7 rectangles.
Step 6. Now you’re ready to glue your star together! Line up and glue the edge of the right piece with the center line on the next one, like this:
Continue until you have only one piece left to glue in. For this last one, you’ll need to glue the underside of the piece to its right, as well as the top of your left hand piece. This sounds really unclear, but hopefully the pictures below will make it easy to follow!
Attach your star to a window (you can use your glue stick because window cleaner will remove it when you’re ready). Stand back and enjoy! Happy star gazing!
I am a sucker for a good seasonal centerpiece, and I don’t quite trust my toddler with our St. Brigid, so I decided to make a little display for her. It was a partial disaster (three words: needle felted sheep. … Continue reading
Our January Happy Hedgehog Post envelope just arrived and we had a great time making our candles this afternoon. Well, first we had a little fight about whether the wax was a road and which direction the wick should go, … Continue reading
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If you are a Waldorf family, chances are you have a few (or a few hundred) fairies around your house. I love making fairies, and I especially enjoy incorporating them into my nature table displays. Most of the time, this … Continue reading
Here are all the videos for the pumpkin fairy! Please share pictures of yours in our Facebook group or on Instagram! Also, don’t forget to order the October envelope. I’m really excited about this one because I’m making one of … Continue reading