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, 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!


  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!

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


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

    thanks for sharing


    scs blogger #4

  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!

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

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

  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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