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Four Methods:Making the baseFolding the outer pointsMaking the 3-D pointsOrnament StarCommunity Q&A

This lovely folded star is also known as “German Christmas Star”, “Eight Point Star”, “Ribbon Star” and likely several other names. It was originally made in Germany with paper strips, but can be made with any creasable ribbon such as wire ribbon or “gift wrap” ribbon. The star requires only three types of folds, two of which get repeated eight times. A beginner can make this beautiful project in 20 minutes or so. Are you ready?

Method 1 Making the base

How to Make a German Paper Star

1 Cut four lengths of ribbon approximately 20 inches (50 cm) long.

How to Make a German Paper Star

2 Fold the ribbons in half and crease them at the halfway point.

How to Make a German Paper Star

3 Interweave the ribbon loops so that the loose ends of each ribbon pass through the loop of the next ribbon to its left.

How to Make a German Paper Star

4 Pull the loops snugly together.

How to Make a German Paper Star

5 Fold the top layer(s) of ribbon over each other successively so that they overlap.

How to Make a German Paper Star

6 Tuck the final ribbon under the loop formed by the first ribbon.

How to Make a German Paper Star

7 Snug it down. Method 2 Folding the outer points

How to Make a German Paper Star

1 Look closely at the base. There should now be two ribbons coming out of each side. One ribbon (let’s call it “A”) on each side will come out under a fold of ribbon. The other ribbon (let’s call it “B”) will emerge out from under the side edge of a ribbon.

How to Make a German Paper Star

2 Lift ribbon “B” and fold it at a 45 degree angle under itself and out to the left.

How to Make a German Paper Star

3 Fold the “B” ribbon back down parallel to itself, creating yet another 45 degree angle.

How to Make a German Paper Star

4 Fold the two angled pieces of ribbon together, making the ribbon lay over itself on the base.

How to Make a German Paper Star

5 Bend the newly formed point away from you and hold it there temporarily.

How to Make a German Paper Star

6 Slide the end of “B” under the edge of the ribbon “loop” on the base and snug it down gently.

How to Make a German Paper Star

7 Repeat the above steps for all four sides of the base.

How to Make a German Paper Star

8 Turn the base over and repeat, folding the outer points as instructed in this section. Method 3 Making the 3-D points

How to Make a German Paper Star

1 Lay the base flat and lift one ribbon in the base, creasing it back on itself. Let’s call this first ribbon “A”.

How to Make a German Paper Star

2 Lift the next ribbon counter-clockwise from the ribbon above (let’s call it “B”) and crease it back on itself as well. The end of this ribbon (B) will get tucked under the first (A) in a few steps.

How to Make a German Paper Star

3 Fold the “B” ribbon out at a 45 degree angle, away from the center of the base. (Keep the original “back on itself” crease, then add the 45 degree angle to the outside.)

How to Make a German Paper Star

4 Allow the ribbon (B) to lift up off the base.

How to Make a German Paper Star

5 Curl the end of “B” around and tuck it under the “A”, sliding the point through the base and out through the center of one of the flat points. Snug gently.

How to Make a German Paper Star

6 Repeat for all four ribbons on this side.

How to Make a German Paper Star

7 Stop at this point for a gift bow. Continue for an ornament. Method 4 Ornament Star

How to Make a German Paper Star

1 Turn the base over.

How to Make a German Paper Star

2 Make the 3-D points, as outlined in the previous section, for all four ribbons on the second side.

How to Make a German Paper Star

3 Trim the ends of each ribbon close to the flat points.

How to Make a German Paper Star

4 Slide florist wire through one of the flat points OR punch a small hole to allow hanging.

How to Make a German Paper Star

5 Display proudly.

How to Make a German Paper Star

6 Finished.

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