3-D Stars - Free Instructions

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Additional information on lengths and star sizes is given after these instructions below. Folding strips as shown in B below will make the ends more even in step G, which is useful if the strips are shorter than 24 times their width.  Information on buying  strips and completed stars is given at the bottom of this page.
A: Take 4 strips together and trim each end. (The lengths of the cuts should be about twice the width of the strips.)

B: With the 4 strips  together, fold one end up to the other end, about two strip widths from the end.

C: Make a basket weave, using the 4 strips with the long ends on top. (Place the first along the bottom horizontally with the fold on the right. Place the second one vertically with the fold at the bottom, placing both ends of the first between the ends of the second strip. Place the third one horizontally with the fold on the left, placing both ends of the second between the ends of the third strip. Place the fourth one vertically with the fold on the top, placing both ends of the third between the ends of the fourth strip and placing both ends op the fourth strip between the ends of the first.)

D: Pull ends to  form a close basket weave.

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A second basket weave is needed over this first one. Each of the long strips on top will be used to form the second weave.

E: Pull one top strip down. Press. Take one strip on left and fold over to right. Press (shown folded over in F). Take one strip below right and fold up. Press (shown folded up in F).

F: Take one strip, upper right, fold to left but weave under upper strip, forming your second basket weave. Press.

G: Second weave finished.

(H, I, J, K, and L (pressing the strip in L up) will be followed for each of 4 strips on one side of the square basket weave, M, and for each of the remaining 4 strips on the other side, shown finally in N.)

To begin step H, pick up the strips and hold in one hand. The rest of the steps will be done holding the star.

H: Fold top right strip to back and to the right and press.

I:  Fold same strip down and press.

J:  Fold same strip right part over left part forming triangle at top and press.

K:  Take the bottom of strip shown in J between 1 st finger and thumb with thumb  on top. The top of the strip remains facing up from J through L.

Push the top triangle back slightly (with middle finger or thumb of other hand) as shown in K as you slide strip under top right section of basket weave.  Pull down as shown in L, then fold straight up where the strip leaves the basket weave.

Turn the work one-forth counter-clockwise and on upper right strip, repeat H through L.

Turn again one-forth turn counter-clockwise and on upper right strip, repeat H through L.

Turn again one-forth turn counter-clockwise and on upper right strip, repeat H through L.

M:  This is what it looks like now.  Turn over and  repeat H through L for the 4 strips on the other side.

N:  This is what it looks like now.

( N, O, and P will be repeated for the 4 strips on  each side.)

N:  Take strip, identified in picture with an arrow on top, and leaving top side up, turn the 'arrow' counter-clockwise three-fourths of a turn and insert into upper left corner of basket weave and under strip  sticking up, O.  Pull out of triangle, P, enough to make a 3-D point.  Pulling to easy will make point loose and pulling to hard will collapse it.  From practice, pull just right!

Turn work one-fourth counter-clockwise and repeat N, O, and P (this is shown in Q).

Turn work one-fourth counter-clockwise and repeat N, O, and P.

Turn work one-fourth counter-clockwise and repeat N, O, and P.

Turn over and repeat steps N, O, and P for the four strips on other side.

R:  What it looks like now.
S:  Trim the 8 strips sticking out of the 8 flat triangles. (You may wish to trim alternating strips on one side that are convenient, then turn over and trim remaining strips.) 

Finished stars are shown below.

When strips 1, 2, 3, and 4 as numbered in D above are of different colors, the results are shown on the right. The left star was made of colors 1=yellow, 2=yellow, 3=green, and 4=green. The middle star was made of colors . 1=gold, 2=blue, 3=gold, and 4=blue. The right star was made of colors 1=yellow, 2=gold, 3=green, and 4=blue.

The size of the stars along an edge from tip to tip is 4 times the width of the strips. (The basket weave is two times the strip width and each triangle is the width of a strip.)

Strips that are 17 inches by 1/2 inches will produce stars that are 2 inches along the edge. Strips that are 17 inches by 3/4 inches will produce stars that are 3 inches along the edge. Strips that are 24 inches by 1 inch will produce stars that are 4 inches along the edge. (If you want 4 inch stars and do not have 24 inch strips, you can take two 17 inch by 1 inch strips and tape on both sides to form one long 34 inch strip, fold it at the break where it is taped and use these already folded strips). Generally, strips should be at least 24 times their width. For 3/4 inch strips, the 17 inch lengths work because of the way they are folded as in B. (If strips are 24 times their width, then you can just fold them in half if you wish for step B above.)
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We made a small tool that is used occasionally when a strip will not go through in steps O and P above.  Cut a 2 inch tool in the shape as shown in the top of the picture on the left (the dark blue trapezoid). Cut the tool from card stock or preferably a playing card. Insert this tool through the flat point and then insert the strip under the tool. Then try to slide them both out together.

Sometimes these stars are dipped in wax, but one must know how to work safely with wax since the wax can burst into flame when it becomes hot.

Paper Strips, Squares, and Hand-made Stars

All 14 colors and sizes shown below are currently in stock
Postage and handling included in all prices below.

We now offer 14 colors in all 3 sizes (1/2, 3/4, and 1 inch widths) *** White, Buff, Red, Bluemedium, Bluelight, Yellowlight, Goldenrod,  Greenmedium, Greenlight, Pinklight , Pinkhot, Gray, Purple, Orange ***  Colors can be mixed in an order of 800 + strips  in multiples of 200 or 400 per color. 

Large picture of stars shown at bottom of page.

COLORS
800+ strips each 1/2inch by 17 inch (makes 200 3D-stars) ( strips mailed US Priority Mail) Colors can be mixed in multiples of 200 or 400 per color.  $11.90
800+ strips each 3/4 inch by min. 23 inch (makes 200 3D-stars) ( strips mailed US Priority Mail) Colors can be mixed in multiples of 200 or 400 per color.  $14.90
800+ strips each 1 inch by 24-25 inch (makes 200 3D-stars) ( strips mailed US Priority Mail) Colors can be mixed in multiples of 200 or 400 per color.  $15.90
Our prices have no hidden charges, the postage and handling are averaged and included in the price. Since some would like to mix different sizes, the price would not prorate. But, we can charge the price of the larger size on an order of 800+.  (For example,  200 1/2 inch plus 200 3/4 inch plus 400 1 inch would cost $15.90.)

Any of the 500 strips below (All the Same Color or Pre-Mixture of Colors) can be substituted for 400 strips in any of  the above orders. (For example,  200 3/4 inch goldenrod plus 200 1/2 inch white plus 500 1/4 inch Red would cost 14.90.)

Caution, 1/4 inch wide strips may mot be the best size to learn on compared to the larger sizes.

Just under 500 strips each 1/4 inch by 8.5 inch All the Same Color (makes just under 125 3D-stars) ( strips mailed US First Class Mail).  Colors Available  White, Red, Bluemedium, Goldenrod, or Greenmedium. $5.70
Over 500 strips each 1/4 inch by 8.5 inch (makes over 125 3D-stars) ( strips mailed US First Class Mail).  Pre-Mixture of Colors  White, Red, Bluemedium, Goldenrod, and Greenmedium. $6.90
Additional note for the 1/4 inch strips.
"All the Same Color" have been  pre-packaged into just under 500 strips so these can not be broken into smaller quantities.
"Pre-Mixture of Colors" have been  pre-packaged into over 500 strips ,some of each color with extra white, so these can not be broken into smaller  quantities.
 The white paper is 94 Brightness 24/60 lb (90 g/m2). Other colors available are Buff, Red, Bluemedium, Bluelight, Yellowlight, Goldenrod,  Greenmedium, Greenlight, Pinklight , Pinkhot, Gray, Purple, Orange - all 20/50 lb. (75 g/m2). 

Red Blue

Bronze Sheen available as a specialty paper.
Shine Pearl Digital #80 Text paper, heavier than the other papers. These are sold in quantities of 200+, in three sizes, and mailed First Class or Priority Mail.
200+ strips each 1/2 inch by 13-15 inch  (minimum needed is 12")---------$  9.60
200+ strips each 3/4 inch by 18 inch  (minimum needed is 18")-------------$11.90  
200+ strips each  1   inch by 25 inch  (minimum needed is 24")-------------$16.20 

Copper Sheen available as a specialty paper.
Shine Pearl Digital #80 Text paper, heavier than the other papers. These are sold in quantities of 200+, in three sizes, and mailed First Class or Priority Mail.
200+ strips each 1/2 inch by 13-15 inch  (minimum needed is 12")---------$  9.60
200+ strips each 3/4 inch by 18 inch  (minimum needed is 18")-------------$11.90  
200+ strips each  1   inch by 25 inch  (minimum needed is 24")-------------$16.20 

Black with a Silver Sheen available as a specialty paper.
We have searched for a black paper for years. This paper (Onix Shine 80# Text) is solid black with a sheen and heavier than the other papers. These are sold in quantities of 200+, in three sizes, and mailed First Class or Priority Mail.
200+ strips each 1/2 inch by 13-15 inch  (minimum needed is 12")---------$  9.60
200+ strips each 3/4 inch by 18 inch  (minimum needed is 18")-------------$11.90  
200+ strips each  1   inch by 25 inch  (minimum needed is 24")-------------$16.20 
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Bronze Sheen (closest to brown that we have found in large sizes),  on left.

Copper Sheen,  center.

Black with silver Sheen, on right.

Large picture of stars shown at bottom of page.
SpecialtySheen
50 finished stars below can be in any combination of colors chosen from White, Buff, Red, Bluemedium, Bluelight, Yellowlight, Goldenrod, Greenmedium, Greenlight, Pinklight , Pinkhot, Gray, Purple, or Orange. (Any Specialty Sheen stars are 10 cents each extra.)
50 stars -  Finished 2 inch 3D-stars (made from 1/2 inch strips) $53.00
50 stars -  Finished 3 inch 3D-stars (made from 3/4 inch strips) $54.00
50 stars -  Finished 4 inch 3D-stars (made from 1 inch strips) $55.50

100 stars -  Finished 5-point star reliefs made from 5 inch square papers White. $31.00
100 stars -  Finished 6-point star reliefs made from 5 inch square papers White. $31.00
100 snowflakes -  Finished snowflakes made from 5 inch square papers, different shapes white. $33.00
Sampler of 18 total pieces all finished = three 2 inch 3D-stars, three 3 inch 3D-stars, three 4 inch 3D-stars, three 5-point star reliefs, three 6-point star reliefs, and three snowflakes. All white. $15.20

120+ square paper sheets of a mixture of various brilliant and pastel colors. The sizes are perfectly square and 10 different colors. At least 40, 4" x 4",  at least 40, 5" x 5", at least 40, 6" x 6". Only $6.10 postpaid.


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150+ sheets of paper squares - at least 50 sheets each of 4x4 inches, 5x5 inches, and 6x6 inches. White. $5.90

 
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     To put strings on the stars I use a needle, but not to make holes. Put a few drops of paper glue on a piece of paper or disposable plastic. Dip the point of the needle into the glue for about 1/8 th inch. Push this small amount of glue into the crease of one of the flat points of the star at the tip of the point. Lay the end of the thread on this glue and push the thread into the crease at the tip with the needle so the string comes out of the corner. Again dip the needle in the glue and dab on the thread at the corner. Let dry. In other words, we didn’t make a hole, we just glued the end of the thread in the crease of a flat star tip.

     You could also use thin wire of the color of your choice. Bend one end for a hook and glue the straight end into the crease of the tip of a flat point.        Star Suggestions - Pictures, ideas and inspirations  

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Picture below shows the 3 sizes of strips above and the 10 of the 14 colors above.

Picture below shows the 4 sizes of strips and 15 colors.

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How to Make 3D Paper Moravian Stars from Paper Strips. 

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will begin with about 2 minutes of troubleshooting 3D Stars, and then will show how to make bows, baskets, and hearts

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Picture below shows the three SHEEN colors.

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