Woven Star from Vintage Book Pages

This star is made from vintage book pages.  Traditionally, this type of ornament would be made from reed, or birch bark, or wood veneer, though some crafters like to use cardboard.  I think folded paper works really well -- it's more flexible than cardboard, but has enough body to hold it's shape well.

To make your own star, locate a supply of paper.  You can use anything from old grocery bags to sheet music to scrapbook paper to junk mail to old maps -- just get creative, and use what you have lying around. If you are using thin paper, you will need to fold your strips into several layers, as shown here.

I tore large sheets out of this huge vintage gardening book.

Each sheet was folded in half, then folded in half again, to create eight sections.

These sections were then cut apart and folded lengthwise into quarters.  Secure the folds with a thin bead of glue.

This particular paper really needed to be four folds thick to have enough body for the star to hold its shape.  Your paper may not need as many thicknesses, or it may need more.  My strips are about a quarter inch wide by about eight inches long.  You may want to choose different dimensions for your strips, to optimize your paper use

Make sure all your strips are the same length, for the best end result.  Then find the center on each of two strips, and glue them at right angles to each other, as shown.  If you are doing several stars, just work assembly line style.

Next, add two more pieces, as shown here, alternating over and under.  Glue in place and clip, using paper clips or clothes pins.

Now, do the same thing in the other direction.  Try to be as precise as possible, and space the strips evenly, but as you can see here, the strips are not totally straight.  All the folding and gluing stretches the fibers in the paper, so sometimes you may have to fudge things a bit.

The next step is probably the trickiest part of the whole project.  Take two corner pieces that are perpendicular to each other and glue the tips together, overlapping one on top of the other.  This example shows this step implemented correctly. The strips have to be twisted, to meet like this:

Glue all four sides in the same way.  Do you see that little aluminum clothes pin?  Those are absolutely the best for crafting with paper.  There springs are not very strong, so they won't mar the paper, and they are not very heavy, so they don't weigh down the paper and cause it to become misshapen.  The paper clips are marginally okay

Once you have two sides glued, you can put them together as shown here.  Just turn one over on top of the other, same sides facing, but with the top one rotated 45 degrees. 

Now, begin to weave the remaining strips under the points you glued together previously.

It may seem like the strips are too long, but resist the temptation to trim them

Take the end of each remaining strip and add a drop of glue

Secure with a clip while the glue sets.

First the top four points...

... then the bottom four points.

While the glue is setting on your star, you can create a hanger.  Take one of the extra strips and glue the ends together, as shown here

Here, the trimmed star looks much nicer.

Now you can glue the hanger to one of the points, and clip, as shown.

Now, your star is finished.  You can glitter or embellish it any way you please.

You may want to glue dots on the tip of each point for a nice finished look.

Here, I added a fringed rosette of tinsel and paper, to cover the bottom of the hanger.  I just took a strip of paper and cut a fringe into it, then rolled it up and wrapped it in a bit of tinsel.  I used Gorilla Glue for this, as it works well on nonporous materials like tinsel.  

Clip the rosette to the star until the glue cures.

Add a bit of glitter, if you like (how can you go wrong with glitter?)...

Here is the final look of the star.

Enjoy crafting for Christmas!!

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