Wednesday, November 5, 2008

German Folded Star Ornaments

When I was a kid, I loved creating things, learning about things, experiencing things. Luckily, I had parents who supported that inquisitiveness inside of me. From 3rd Grade onward, I was a Girl Scout. I still am, as I am a Lifetime member. I really think that being a Cadette and Senior Girl Scout through middle school and high school saved me. I had an outlet for things I loved...kids, teaching, outdoors, camp, exploring. I spent a lot of time selling cookies, magazines, and babysitting to pay for trips called Wider Opportunities. These are multiple-day trips for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts, which have to be applied for. Payment was expensive, but I made it work, with the help of my family. One Wider Op I was lucky enough to attend was Catch the Foxfire Spirit. I spent 10 days in Pennsylvania touring Lancaster County, staying at a girls boarding school, and spending time at a restored Pennsylvania Dutch house at a Girl Scout Camp. I loved every minute. One of the things we learned was how to fold German Paper Stars. Ever since I've first seen double-sided paper, I've been thinking of them and finally, last weekend, I made them. WOWZER!
Our Ski Slope paper makes them look uber-cool, and the pretties kit added a little bling to the whole project. After a few tries, I finally figured out how to fold them and now have the method memorized again (after all these years). (Hang on, I just realized it was over 15 and less than 20 since I was there!) The best way to create these is to go to this website: How to Make German Paper Stars and follow her steps. She does a great job with showing it. After a while, you'll have it figured out. The learning curve is steep, so don't let the frustration get to you!

Happy Ornament-making!

7 comments:

  1. Look at you go, girl! I am leaving to take my DD to a Brownie meeting in about35 minutes. I am a registered Girl Scout and was one was I was little. These stars are FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC! I'm so glad you included the link for the tutorial because I am going to make some myself. They are just gorgeous. I am really impressed!

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  2. LOVE, LOVE them!
    I have seen these in other places, but yours are the first to inspire me to try them!

    :-)

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  3. Your ornaments are very nice. I am thinking about attempting to make these for the holidays.

    thanks for sharing

    tai

    scs blogger #4

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  4. How cool are these?! I've not seen this pattern before, so I'm so happy you included the link. Your ornaments are so beautiful - thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. Im pretty impressed with these stars they are fantastic thanks also for the tutorial!

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  6. These are fabulous! I LOVE them, and will definitely try making some of my own. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  7. talk about some serious time! your stars are awesome....maybe someday i'll get around to trying them myself. Thanks for the link.

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