How to Make Waldorf Paper Window Stars

How to Make Waldorf Paper Window Stars


Hi, it’s Sunday and I’m Sarah Baldwin. Welcome to week four of “Sunday with Sarah.” We’re still in the Advent season and
before I move on and start tackling some of the many topics and wonderful
suggestions you’ve given me in the last few weeks in your comments on my blog, I wanted to this week share with you a
tutorial on how to make a Waldorf window star like this one. Now a lot of you have probably already made
these, maybe made even fancier ones than these, but many of you may not have. We
sell, at Bella Luna Toys, the window star
paper. They come in a book like this, just a pad with 100 sheets. It’s waxy, transparent
paper, it’s made in Holland. They’re perfect squares so they’re just ideal for making
these stars without any cutting. The star I’ve made here is, you
can see, made with rainbow colors and you need eight sheets, it’s an eight-pointed
star. So I have, from my book of paper, pulled out
eight colored sheets and let’s start! It’s really easy. You take one sheet of
paper and you simply fold it in half one way. Open it up and fold it in half the other way. Open it again, so now you’ve got your square
folded into four quadrants. Now you’re going to bring each corner, using your folded lines as a guide to
keep your lines nice and straight, bring the point to the center. This is very similar to origami, I’m sure
you’ve all had an experience with origami. And now you’ve got a smaller square with
all the points meeting in the middle. Now once you have this shape, you’re
going to orient it in a diamond shape with the point toward you. Then you’re going
to bring this side, one quarter of the side, fold it to meet the center line.
We’re going to make a point this way. And then do the same thing on
the other side: take the outer edge, fold it toward the middle, line it up, crease it — make call your creases nice and
sharp. Then you’ve got your point, kind of
like a kite shape. What you want to do is make eight of these. Fold them all
the same way. I’m going to fold another one for you to demonstrate again. I started
with red so I’ll take my orange sheet, fold it in half one way, fold it in half the other way, open it up, bring each corner to meet at the point in the center. There we go, we have our smaller square
and now take one outer edge, bring it to the very center, crease. Do
the same thing on the other side. And I’ve got another point. So I’m going to
go ahead and fold the rest of these, I’ll be back with you in a minute when it’s time
to put them all together. Ok, I’m back. Now I’ve got eight colored
points all made, ready to assemble. Now comes the fun part. The only other thing you need to make
window stars, besides your kite paper, is glue. I’m using Eco-Glue, which we carry here
at Bella Luna Toys, which is a completely non-toxic, all-natural paste. It’s made
from sugar and rice flour, it’s so safe you could eat it though I don’t
recommend it as a food. I’ve found it works really well for the window
stars but you could easily just use Elmer’s glue as well, a clear drying glue. So I’ve assembled
these in the kind of order of the colors of the rainbow and what we’re going to do now — I’m going
to line up each point, meeting the points in the center. Using the center line as a
guide, line up this edge which means I need just a little glue along this edge
here Line up the points, line up the
lines and press. Simple as that. And proceed to do each
of the other eight points. Just a little glue along this one edge here, just here. Line up the points and the lines and so on. These stars are so beautiful, I love
the rainbow-colored ones. We also sell the star paper in Christmas colors which
also has 100 sheets. While talking I put glue on the wrong edge. No big deal. They come in Christmas colors: blue, red,
green, gold and white. It’s pretty when you just use two colors
in the stars, maybe blue and white or red and green. All kinds of combinations. And there are
many, many more designs for some very fancy geometric stars. This book, Crafts Through the Year by
Thomas and Petra Berger, has other patterns for more complex window stars. I should have marked the page ahead of time. Let’s see if I can find it for you here. So you can get fancy shmancy. This book is wonderful too throughout
the year. It has crafts, all different kinds of
crafts, through the seasons and for different festivals but let me continue here. And the stars, they also
make lovely gifts. It’s a wonderful thing for children to do and give away
to others. But what I love most of all is just windows filled with them. Here in
Maine when there’s a lot of snow on the landscape, I just love the beautiful
light shining through the stars looking out at the snow. It just really brightens up
a house. Ok, now I’m ready for my last point and
this is the only slightly tricky part. I’m going to glue one edge, as before, and
lay it on top of the color before. So here we are now, the red is kind of
obscured so this last point you want to tuck under the first one. And so then my red point, which was my first one, I’m just going to dab a little bit of
Eco-Glue right here and lay that down. I’ll hold up this one, this finished
one, because the glue is dry. One thing you can do is — I recommend letting your star sit overnight. Put some
heavy books on top of it, really flatten it out and let the glue dry. And there’s
your finished star. You can attach it to the window with a little double-sided
tape, just a little bit of scotch tape, and there you have it. So if you decide to try this
send me pictures. Take a picture if you can and share it with
us on Bella Luna Toy’s Facebook page. I hope you have fun with it and I hope
you make stars with your children, not only this year but for many Christmases
to come. Thanks for joining me again, have a wonderful week and see you next
Sunday.

11 comments

  • Living Tree

    Wonerful! Thanks so much!

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  • Living Tree

    Not yet Sarah. I will though soon! These are wonderful. I've been looking for something different to do. Maybe I will post a video soon on mine too. I've been researching Waldorf lately and really love your videos. Thanks again for sharing!

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  • Thira Bard

    It did work for thank you

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  • Missy Jean

    Thank you! My girls and I are enjoying making beautiful stars this cold December day! <3

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  • Lizzie

    These are the simplest of course. Was hoping you would show the more complicated ones. Please film so we can see over your shoulder at the paper

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  • Lola

    Hi Sarah,
    I've purchased the book by Frederique Gueret, Magical Window Stars, and we have been trying to make the "easy" one on pg 29, but we are finding it extremely difficult to follow. We haven't managed to make any of the stars in the book yet. Do you have any tutorials on some of these stars? 🙂

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  • Leanne Parker

    Thank you, Sarah! I am now ready to volunteer in the craft room at our Winter Fair 🙂
    Your tutorial is clear and easy-to-follow.

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  • Daisy James

    How big are the squares because I have kite paper in A4 pieces so I need the measurements…….Thank you xxxx

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  • Crisss RIOS

    ikj n bu – t

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  • Michelle Fitzpatrick

    Will you please do a video on how to use the Swedish straw? We have purchased this product and I can’t find any resources to use this with my kids.

    This video is fantastic by the way and we will be doing these stars this week. My kids are so excited

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  • Catherine Minor

    Wonderful!

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