Introduction: Christmas Fun.

Fun that's free: Who doesn't want that? Save any decorative paper that you have left over from presents, especially the holographic, sparkly, twinkly and shiny types. Small pieces are fine for the stars themselves or to decorate plainer paper. ( Get family and friends to give you theirs.)  Fun, Fun, Fun. Have a great craft day and share this instructable with others. Fun that's free.

[[ Please note]] I have added some extra explanations where It was called for. I am unable to remake the Instructable (no camera) so feel free to ask any questions and I promise to reply. Craftv.

Step 1: Materials and Tools


 I square piece of paper (that's it).

Size: For the purposes of the Instructable I have used a two sided paper so you can see more easily which is front and back. 
The patterned side will be the star.
You can use plain white paper, If you mess up as you practice that's all it costs, 1 piece of paper.
The size of the square will be the same size as the completed star.
The larger silver and red stars are made of 3 layers of Holographic paper, one on top of the other. [They look like 3D.]
 
For the purposes of this instruction I shall say patterned or plain side of paper (even though you may not be using a one sided paper).

Step 2: Plain Side

Lay paper down with plain side facing you.

Step 3: Fold in Four Across.

Fold plain side edge to edge and crease well. Open up and repeat for other two edges, crease well. Open up and see the crossed lines through the middle.  

Step 4: FLIP PAPER OVER TO PATTERNED SIDE. Diagonal Fold

Fold the patterned side together point to point across the diagonal and crease well. Fold across the other diagonal and crease well. Open up and see the crossed lines in place.
[NOTE] Apologies . Please flip the paper to the patterned side before this fold. The result is valley folds edge to edge and mountain folds across the diagonal.

Step 5: Fold Into Small Square

Push the diagonal lines inward (plain on the inside)  this will collapse the large square into a small square (see picture).

Step 6: Kite Fold

[NOTE] the centre of the star is away from you at the top of the picture.
Take the left point and fold to meet the centre line.    Crease well (leave in place).
Take the right point and fold to meet the centre line. Crease well. (leave in place). 


Flip completely over and repeat. All four points should now be in place and look like a kite.

Step 7: Kite Shape

This is the completed kite shape.

Step 8: Small Triangle Memory Fold

At the top of the kite shape is a small triangle. Fold it  forward across to make a crease that marks the line for future reference. This not used at this time.

Step 9: Long Bottom Point

NOTE: The kite is flattened out to show the un-split kite shape towards you . Take the un-split long bottom point and lift up.

Step 10: Boat Shape

NOTE: The star is in the same place and direction.
I have moved to the top so you can see better. Do not alter your seated position.

When you pull up the long point the edge will start to fold in automatically,help it along and crease well into place.


Step 11: Diamond Shape

Fold all edges down and reach this diamond shape. Crease well.

Step 12: Split Legs

The long points of the diamond will split apart (like legs) They are NOT CUT (just looks that way).

Step 13: Fold All Four Points Up

Step 14: Tree Shape

When all four points are folded up they will look like a four point tree.

Step 15: Another View

This is just another, neater, view of the previous step.

Step 16: Short Corners

As shown fold up the two bottom corners to meet at the centre line. Crease well.

Step 17: 4 Short Points

Flip over and fold the remaining short points to meet at  the the centre line. Crease well.

Step 18: Making the Star.

Place four fingers under the piece and hold the four short points you just folded in steps 16 +17.
 Place two thumbs inside and hold together, as shown

Step 19: Making the Star.

This is another view of my fingers in place as in the previous step. Hold in-place and Gently pull apart and the centre square of the star will begin to appear.

Step 20: Nearly There

Continue gently pulling until the centre square is fully revealed. You may need to tease it a little so that it stays straight and square.

Step 21: Your Christmas Star.

Flatten the star and neaten if required. Well done , that's it.
Look how good they are sparkling and twinkling in the sun. Join two or three stars on top of each other, either same size or slightly smaller and they gain added dimension.

Comments

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sunshiine (author)2011-05-14

You did a great job! It is difficult to demonstrate through pictures but this is great. I have seen people try and show how to fold something and the angle is terrible.

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craftyv (author)sunshiine2011-05-14

I really appreciate this because this was my first ible. Thanks for subbing me.

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dkfa (author)2011-03-25

Great instructable! One thing I would like to see is more descriptive instructions or a video. My brother and I had a hard time finding out what you meant. But we finished the star nevertheless! Keep up the great work!

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craftyv (author)dkfa2011-03-25

I'm thrilled. You are the first to tell me that they actually tried it. Prhaps you can tell me what you found difficult and I'd be more than happy to help out. I have no idea how to make or post a video, so I'm afraid that's out but tell me where you found it hardest to understand and I will re-do if I can. What paper did you use and how about a photo.

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craftyv (author)2011-01-11

Free Fun is my new instructable name. Please note I know less about cameras than I know about computers but I will keep trying. Hi everyone who looks (please comment).

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iminthebathroom (author)2011-01-08

Awesome, nicely laid out. We will be expecting more!

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craftyv (author)iminthebathroom2011-01-08

Actually an up-grade is in the works. I want to try to get some viewers and comments. Thanks so much.

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craftyv (author)2010-12-25

Hi! from the Sparkly Christmas Star lady. Comments Please. When you view please put a comment or any suggestions. This was my first Instructable so any critiques would be good. I want to get really good at making Instructables that stand out to the viewer.

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ilv2grdn (author)2012-11-22

I got as far as step 8. On step 9 you said "Take the long bottom point and lift up." What I came up with was the long point is all folded together as one and I cannot lift just one. All other steps from 9 and up make sense to me. Just not step 9. I don't know how you got separate points. Please help!

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craftyv (author)ilv2grdn2012-11-22

I am so pleased you are trying this and brought to my attention this difficulty. I agree it's not clear enough' Please look again soon as I am re-doing the steps that are unclear . I must admit I am unable to use "clever" presentation methods so I had to use the basics, ie. photo's
. LOOK AGAIN SOON.

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Puzzledd (author)2011-02-20

Ooh, lovely star design! I'm going to try these next Christmas!
Thanks for the really clear, detailed instructions and pictures :)

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ChrysN (author)2011-01-10

Pretty, I especially like layering 2 together.

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