Monday, April 6, 2015

Arts and Crafts: Tissue Paper Window Star Art


It has been a long winter and any signs of spring seem to be still buried under three feet of Adirondack snow.

If you are also looking out the window and want to bring some color and freshness to your house, try these delightful window star art projects. Remember arts and crafts are not just for kids, but for adults, too!

I am a devout purchaser of craft books, Pinterest and crafting with friends. My children are very patient with my struggles to try to make something affordable as well as beautiful.

Tutorial for Tissue Paper Window Stars
Materials: tissue paper, colored wax paper or any paper that is translucent, glue and tape 

Cut tissue paper into rectangles. Fold eight rectangles in half length-wise. Open back up. Fold each corner in to meet the center fold line. Crease the corners.


At one end fold the corner a second time to meet the center fold. Dab a very small amount of glue on the folded edges.

Put a small dab of glue at the top point of the first star point and a small dab on the upper side.

Place the next star point on, lining the side of the top point with the center fold of the bottom.

Work all around. This is what the other side looks like.

Variation:
Use 16 rectangles. Do all the above steps but instead of just folding one side a second time, fold both ends a second time.


That creates a 16 point star. When the last star point is attached gently lift up the first point and glue it to the last point. Have fun!

(This is an updated  repost from my February 9, 2010 Adirondack Family Time blog post.)

A few of my favorite books for arts and crafts with children are The Children's YearAll Year Round or Magical Window Stars that have directions for making tissue stars and well as other crafts

Of course, for year-round Adirondack Family fun, please check out any of the Adirondack Family Time guidebooks.


2 comments:

Amber said...

Thank you so much for making this tutorial! I spent over an hour trying to work out how to make this window star using a square piece of paper....And then I found this. Thank you so much!!!

Diane Chase said...

You are welcome! I am glad someone else can use it. It is so easy once I figured it out. I did use inexpensive tissue paper. The heavier paper is easier to manage but for me it made the project less valuable and more fun. My son and daughter enjoyed even using the paper cutter to size down the sheets of tissue!

Enjoy!