Monday, May 3, 2010
You Can Make This: Paper Star Tutorial
I found an old stash of "star paper" a friend gave me....oh, a long time ago. Ummmm....like, we were in, like 7th grade, you know?
Anywho, on the off chance that someone out there didn't go through middle school making a bajillion of these out of the tear-off edges of the printer paper from the staff lounge, here's a tutorial!
You'll need a strip of paper- it needs to be perfectly straight on the sides. Length isn't too critical- 8 to 12 inches is fine, but should be about a centimeter across. The thicker it is, the longer your piece of paper will need to be. (I wonder what this would look like made out of butcher paper? Would it be stiff enough? Moving on....)
On one end of the piece of paper, tie an overhand knot and careful scootch the knot together so that the paper just fits in the holes.
To take care of the short tail, either cut it, tear it, or fold it back. I like to fold it back.
Now take the long tail and start wrapping it firmly around the pentagon you've made, from one side to another, straight across. Make sure the paper covers the edge it comes from, so your shape stays true.
Keep wrapping and wrapping until you run out of paper.
Tuck the end of your strip underneath the last complete pass of the paper. If part stick out the other side, tear or cut it off.
Now grab one corner and pinch to a point.
Hold onto the point you just made with one hand, and with the other pinch the opposite side into a point. Continue around, holding on with both hands to keep it symmetrical.