Tutorial: Folded Star

I posted a folded star card (based on quilt patterns I remember my mother making when I was a child) back in spring, I think.  But that post has disappeared – probably when I moved my paper craft posts to their own blog!  Anyhow, I had a request for a tutorial and will share what I have.  Warning: it’s tricky!  All the little folded pieces make it kind of bulky and that was a challenge for me to work with.

You will need: double sided paper, cut into 16 rectangles measuring 1/2″ x 1″.
I find a square card base works best, about 6″ square.

Folding: it’s pretty self-explanatory – you need 8 of each pattern, folded as above.

Mark the centre of your card, as above.  Arrange four points around the centre and glue down firmly.
Then take the opposite colour points and adhere four over the first layer, leaving about 1/4″ showing – see right.

Then take the 2nd colour again, and with the last four points layer them along the visible seam of the first layer, as on left.

Using the last four points, glue lined up to the visible seam of the second layer of points.  This is your finished folded star!

Now it doesn’t look fantastic yet, the outside edges need to be covered.  I have found the best way is to make a circular frame to glue over the star – just measure the size you need from edge to edge – I think it’s about 3″ but your size will vary depending on how close together you glued your points.

You can make your folded star smaller or larger depending on how big your rectangles are – just make sure the height is half of the width.  

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