How to Make a Paper Moravian Star

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How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
Moravian stars are sold in many variations and colours in Germany, the United States and other countries. (the image is my own)

The Moravian star has its origins in Germany in the early 19th century. It is thought that the star first began as a simple geometry lesson to an all-boys Moravian school. The Moravian Church adopted the star, which now symbolises Christmas. The stars quickly caught on and are sold in many variations and colours in Germany, the United States and other countries.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the paper into four 1/4-inch strips. Cut both ends of the strips as shown.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  2. 2

    Lay out the strips as shown, then weave together and tighten.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  3. 3

    Fold down the top left strip.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  4. 4

    Fold the left strip over.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  5. 5

    Fold the bottom strip up.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  6. 6

    Fold the right strip over, and insert through the pocket as shown. Pull tight.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  7. 7

    Flip the project over, and repeat Steps 3 through 6.

  8. 8

    Start with the top right strip. Fold under 90 degrees.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  9. 9

    Fold the strip to the front to form a triangle.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  10. 10

    Fold the triangle to the left and insert the tail into the pocket where the triangle starts.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  11. 11

    Pull tight.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  12. 12

    Turn project 90 degrees counterclockwise, and repeat Steps 8 through 11 for the three remaining tails. Pull tight. You now have four points.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  13. 13

    Flip project over. Repeat Steps 8 through 12. You now have eight points.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  14. 14

    Starting with the upper right strip, turn it on itself and feed it under the lower left strip. You will have to lift up the left strip.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  15. 15

    The tail should be coming through the bottom point. When you pull the strip tight, it should form a cone.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  16. 16

    Rotate the project 90 degrees counterclockwise. Repeat Steps 14 and 15 on the three remaining tails, working in a counterclockwise direction. You should have four points (cones).

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  17. 17

    Turn the project over and repeat Steps 14 through 16. You again have four pointed cones.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star
  18. 18

    To finish, cut off the excess tails of the star.

    How to Make a Paper Moravian Star

Tips and warnings

  • Use different coloured/patterned paper for different results.
  • The stars can be made larger by using a wider strip of paper. If you make the paper wider, don't forget to make the length longer as well.
  • The first star may not be perfect. Keep practicing.

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