Pennsylvania German Folded Paper Stars

I'm very glad my mother-in-law taught me how to make three dimensional Pennsylvania German folded stars. She learned the technique from a neighbor more than fifty years ago and has shared the directions with quite a few friends and family.

Made with four long (24 inch) strips of lightweight paper (similar to regular computer paper) they're really quite easy once you get the hang of the folding steps (older children can do them too) and she and I always enjoy getting together to make a batch. At times we leave them plain white and other times dip in melted paraffin and sprinkle with fine, clear glitter. We've given them as gifts and decorated trees for our local hospice's Festival of Trees... so pretty with all white stars and tiny white lights. The stars make an easy table centerpiece - just fill a decorative bowl - or string them on metallic cording for a mantel garland. They can also be hot glued on a wreath or use one or more on a package in place of a bow.

We purchase pre-cut strips at the Ephrata Cloister shop in Pennsylvania, but High Hopes sells the strips online; it offers good directions and other project ideas too. I came across a helpful post at Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart for making folded stars that features video directions too. And Down Abbie's Road blog offers a lovely idea for making the stars from old sheet music. Apparently lots of us enjoy these folded stars... hope you will too. Happy folding!

Stay tuned for directions for the folded German Bell Ornament that can also be seen in the picture - believe it or not, it's made from a simple index card.

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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