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It’s time to make stars – Froebel stars!
And you’ll get the instructions here – and on youtube.
The Froebel star is a classic Danish Christmas decoration made of paper strips.
In Denmark, we use the Fröbel stars as ornaments on Christmas trees and Christmas decorations.
Sometimes we use the stars to decorate our gifts.
I will give you some hints – and if you are a beginner you will find LOTS of guidance on how to make Christmas stars.
If you need any information or instructions – please write!
The Fröbel star, or Froebel 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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Step by step guide
I have taken some pictures, to illustrate the different steps in the making of a Froebel star.
I’ve used the photos for a collage/instruction and for a small collage video, further down you’ll also find a video where I show all the steps – without sound, I use 4 colour strips so it’s easy to follow.
Then you can choose whether you want to watch the video, the collage-video or print the collage/step by step guide.
There are different ways to fold or weave the Froebel 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.
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 45 cm gives medium stars.
• Thread or wire for hanging
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips for strips
- ½ cm width = length approximately 15 cm
- 1 cm width = length approximately 30 cm
- 1½ cm width = length approximately 45 cm
Do you have a strip that is wider than 1½ cm?
Then multiply the width of the strip by 30 – it will give you an approximate length.
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Video – make your own star
Make Froebel stars – a video for beginners or if you want to refresh the technique.
– I’ve used 4 colours because it’s easier to see how I do the folding and weaving.
The video lasts about 9 minutes and you can fold your own Froebel star at the same time.
You do NOT have to use four colours; you can use 1, 2, 3 or 4 colours, whichever you want.
My child made stars according to the instructions – he tells me that I am too fast, he had to pause the video occasionally.
If you are a beginner and want to fold stars along with me, then go to youtube, press settings, press speed, and set the speed of the video to a lower speed, OR you can watch the video here and press pause sometimes, as my child did.
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Collage-video and link to pdf
Find the printable collage of “Froebel star – a classic Danish Christmas decoration” here and as a short video here:
Do you like the instructions?
Which instruction is the easiest one to use – the text, the video, the video-collage or the collage itself?
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