Paper Star Door Dangly Thing




About: I like to make things. Either out of necessity, being cheap, or just because I can.

Instead of beads, why not use stars? This is not a project for the faint of heart. Right before I started I already regretted having the idea...I have gone "Star Crazy". "Star Crazy" is when your back aches, your neck aches, the joints in your finger aches, you make paper stars for about 2-3 hours everyday for about a week, your legs fall asleep......I am a star making machine.

Some kind of pole(a part of my mosquito net)
needle and thread

Time: Too long...when I was focusing, I could make a star in 1 minute and 7 seconds. Now multiply that by 900 stars makes a total of 16 hours and 45 minutes for the stars(at optimal output) plus an hour half for stringing it all together. ~18:15

Cost: Free/really cheap

Other 'ibles that are similiar, my 'ible is more or less combining two, but it was my crazy idea. If you don't know how to make the stars

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Step 1: Making Stars

Do this in small increments or you will go "Star Crazy". My project needed about 825 stars. Choose your colors and start making stars! Don't bother lining them out until you have a lot.

Find some good movies to watch is a must

Step 2: Measure Your Door and Mark Your Stick

Measure door, find a stick, choose how many strings you will have and how far they are spaced.

Step 3: Line 'em Up

Line your stars up according to your spacing. Replace with different colors to make a design. I would have gone red blue red blue on each strand, but its more of a gift and less a flag. I thought about coloring them or spraypainting. You could make a lot of different colored stars...but after you make 500+ stars, you lose the urge to be uber creative. I ended up not doing a design because my strands are not close enough together.

Be ready to string them fast or you will step on them. I staggered home after some drinking and know the rest, its very fustrating re-poking them.

Step 4: String 'em

String up your stars, if like me, your stars are different sizes(which I like), then you may have to add or subtract a few to make the strands even length.

Step 5: Attach to Pole and Fin

Give a general description of the StepAttach to pole, then gift it and get it out of your sight. Another addition you could make is to spray it with clear coat so the stars don't get soggy if you're wet. I realize that the stars can easily be squished, but its too late after making 500+, I just had to see it through.

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    8 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, that's awesome! A ton of work - I hope it lasts for a long time. (You don't have cats, do you?)

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Haha...that was my first thought. I have three and that would last about a minute at my house. Great idea though. I have seen the beaded curtains in the doorways of certain shops and always liked them.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    1. No cats, do women count? 2. I wouldn't have minded getting a bunch of friends, but then they would all have invested time and energy into it and then feel like they have ownership of the final product. So I kinda like to do things myself so then I can gift it guilt free. 3. Pretending to be a teacher is my current occupation...I have classes of two and four. 4. You can buy pre-cut paper at origami stores, but they are usually itty bitty 5. 18+ hours, I began to get more efficient after the first few hundred


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This looks like one of those projects that should involve a party - pre-cut the strips, then get a bunch of friends around to watch a movie. It took you 18 hours? Get five or six friends round and it becomes a single evening's task. Or, if you're a teacher, co-opting a craft lesson gets the whole door done in half an hour...