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Paper Stars

I’ll warn you now–this isn’t the best star making tutorial.  But it was a craft.  A doable one.  And despite the necessity to ban my son from the scissors…for life, the things turned out all right.

So…need a craft?  This might be one to try.

Oh…and if you want to follow along on your own, then whip your June/July 2012 Family Fun magazine open to page 20.

We’re making paper stars.

For each star, we need two, same-size, square sheets of scrapbook paper.  What we do to one sheet, will be the same thing we do to the second.

So first, with the pretty side down, we fold the paper in half across one diagonal and then the other.

Then with the pretty side up, we fold the paper in half–like a hot dog–in both directions.

This is about the extent of my son’s contribution.

Then with the paper open, we use the scissors to cut just under half-way to the center down each of our hot dog folds.

Like so.

Now, if you want a nice looking star, then this is the part that takes a bit more care–the folding of the points. It’s also the part where my son claimed he didn’t care about nice points and started folding on his own.

That is, until he did care.

And we  folded together.

So, for the points, we start with the paper, pattern side down, and fold in each side until it meets the diagonal line.

It’s trickier than it seems.

For small hands.

But eventually, it looks something like this.

And this.

At which time, we take each point and glue one flap over the other.

Only–it’s important to do it better than we did.  What we didn’t realize is that both the front and back of the star will show.

See the problem?

What we should have done was glue one flap completely over, so there was no seam like the one I have here.

Uh…next time.

Here’s the star–half completed.

And here it is after folding the second sheet of paper following the same steps.

See the seams of the second sheet? Ech.  Ah, well.

Now to connect the two star pieces, place the backsides of both together.  And either glue them, like we tried.  Or use something far more effective and sane. Like sticky dots

Here’s my daughter’s finished star.

Seems she hung in there just fine.

Now if you’re wondering what you’re going to do with a star in the middle of summer, yeah…I can’t help you there.  I’m just here to help you fill an hour in the backyard with your kids.

I hope it works!

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