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.