How to Make Moravian Stars

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How to Make Moravian Stars
The Moravian star is a popular symbol for Christmas around the world. (Megan Shoop)

The Moravian star is an invention of the Moravian Church, a mainline Protestant denomination in Germany. The star first appeared in Niesky, Germany, around 1850. Since then, it has become popular as a symbol for Christmas around the world. In Moravian tradition, the Moravian star is hung in the church on the first Sunday of Advent (the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve), and remains there until after Christmas. The most commonly seen stars have 26 points, with 18 square and eight cone-shaped points. However, Moravian stars have been made with up to 110 points.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Four strips of paper 20 to 24 times as long as they are wide

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Trim both ends of each strip into a point. Fold each strip in half and make a basket weave, as shown. Gently pull the ends to tighten the weave.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  2. 2

    Place the project on a flat surface, with the top folded strip to the left. Fold the top layer of this strip (1) down over the basket weave.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  3. 3

    Fold the upper layer of the left strip (2) to the right, over the recently folded strip.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  4. 4

    Fold the upper layer of the right strip (3) to the left, weaving it under strip 1.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  5. 5

    Fold the upper layer of the bottom strip (4) over strip 2 and under strip 3 to complete the second basket weave.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  6. 6

    Fold strip 4 backward at a 45-degree angle. Fold the same strip once more to the front, at an opposite 45-degree angle, to form a sharp point.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  7. 7

    Fold the same strip once more to the front, at an opposite 45-degree angle, to form a sharp point.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  8. 8

    Fold the point in half vertically. Weave the loose end of strip 4 into the loop directly below the newly folded point. Tug gently until the strip is all the way through.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  9. 9

    Weave the loose end of strip 4 into the loop directly below the newly folded point. Tug gently until the strip is all the way through.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  10. 10

    Turn the star 90 degrees and repeat steps 7 and 8. Continue until four points are formed.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  11. 11

    Flip the star over and repeat steps 7 through 9, until four more points are formed.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  12. 12

    Curl the strip in the lower-right corner around itself, keeping the top of the strip facing up. Insert the end of the strip into the right side of the upper-left loop until the end of the strip pokes out from the upper-right star point.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  13. 13

    Tug the end of the strip gently to form the first 3-D point. Turn the star 90 degrees to the right and repeat steps 8 through 14 until four 3-D points are formed.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  14. 14

    Turn the star 90 degrees to the right and repeat steps 8 through 14 until four 3-D points are formed.

    How to Make Moravian Stars
  15. 15

    Flip the star over and repeat steps 8-14 to form the last four points. Trim the strips that are sticking out from flat points.

    How to Make Moravian Stars

Tips and warnings

  • Hang the stars as ornaments by threading string through two of the loops underneath the 3-D points. Use a needle to make this easier.
  • Decorate the stars with spray adhesive and glitter or a sponge and paint.
  • Use several different colours of paper strips or paper ribbon for a colourful star.

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