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It’s time to fold stars! And here you’ll get the instructions.

Fröbel star is a classic Danish Christmas decoration made of paper.

In Denmark, we use the Fröbel stars as ornaments on Christmas trees and Christmas decorations. We make decorative garlands and hang them in windows and on our walls.

It is a popular tradition in Danish schools to make Frobel stars for Christmas.

The Fröbel star comes from Germany, where it is also called “Fröbel Stern” after Friedrich Fröbel (1782-1852) founder of the kindergarten concept. He encouraged the children to work with paper. Fröbel received the credit for the star even though did not invent it.

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I have taken some pictures, to illustrate the different steps. Those I have made into an instructional collage and a short film.
Choose whether you want to watch the movie or follow the instructions below the instructional collage.
If you want to print the collage/step by step guide you find the link to the pdf below the instructions.

There are different ways to fold or weave the Fröbel stars.
You can make the stars right or left-turned.
The principles are the same it’s all about how you assemble the strips from the start.

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The guide provides a right-turned model.

You will need the following materials:

• A package of weave strips – or make themselves. Strips sized 1.5 cm x 44 cm gives medium stars.
• Scissors
• Thread or wire for hanging

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Base – Center:

1. Take – or make 4 strips- fold them in half. Cut the ends pointed or slanted, it makes them easier to weave with.
2. Assemble them as shown to form a locked, but not too tight square.
3. Take the top strip and bend it across the middle.
4. Repeat with the remaining strips. It does not matter whether you go clockwise or counterclockwise. Insert the last strip under the first. Gently pull through to form a locked square again.
5. Now the centre of the Christmas star is finished. It is time to make the characteristic triangular flat prongs.

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Side flat prongs:

6. Start with the right strip and fold it back and down the side so that it is flush with the centre. Press it flat it should form a triangle.
7. There are some people that make the triangle flat here. I think that it’s easier to get it folded neatly if you fold it like I do in the picture. Turn the strip halfway and stick it down under making the pointed triangle.
8. Repeat with the remaining strips. It is an advantage to turn the star when you fold it. I have not shown that in the photos.

Now turn the star over and repeat steps 6 to 8.
You can stop here and get a nice flat star, cut the loose ends and the star is ready.

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The cone-shaped tips in the middle of the star:

9. Bend the strip on the right side backwards so you can see the bottom of the star. Take the bottom strip and bend it upwards.
10. Now bend the strip backwards and away from the centre to create an even-cut triangle at the top. Squeeze carefully on the top and bend it around.
11. Continue all the way around – it’s making it much easier to see where to insert the strip.
12. Insert the first strip under the upper horizontal strip. Push the strip through so that it comes out in the middle of the flat side prong on the opposite side. Gently pull to form a cone-shaped tip.
13. Repeat step 12 to form the other cone-shaped tips – go counter-clockwise and continue until all four tips are formed. If you want to glue the star on a card or a gift stop here.
14. Turn the star around and repeat steps 9 to 13 to form the 4 cone-shaped tips on the opposite side.
15. Cut the ends of all the flat prongs with a scissor. Be careful not to cut into the star itself. You have finished your Fröbel star!

Insert the thread or wire into the star and hang it up or gather more for a nice garland.
It also looks cute with different sizes together.

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You can make Fröbel stars from many different materials.
Gift ribbon or ordinary ribbon made of fabric or plastic. The only thing you have to remember is that the strips are long enough and flexible.

Here are the instructions as a short film:

Find the printable collage of “Froebel star – a classic Danish Christmas decoration” here

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Which instruction is the easiest one to use – the text, the film or the collage?

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