Oh, how I love these!
Having grown up in Germany I have a weak spot for their crafts.. such as salt dough and their paper decorations. (I'll post how to make paper bells later)
I am not going to recreate the wheel though. I found a great site that has easy to follow directions for making the stars at craftideas.info. I copied and pasted the directions into a Word doc, reduced the image size slightly so I didn't use too much ink and printed them out. It is very nice to have them as reference for the first few stars you make. (I did finally memorize them)
Of course, I used antique sheet music, German no less.. the directions say you need 4 strips of paper, 1.5 cm by 50 cm. I found that if I took a sheet music book, laid it open and removed the pages from the center INTACT, that the side by sheets measured 46 cm and that was close enough. I taped the center fold as it was 100+ year old paper and I didn't want it to rip. The fold is perfect as you need to fold the strips in half anyway. Use a paper cutter! Your strips need to be quite exact, you don't want wonky edges..
I took a few photos of the progress and folding. When making the stars NOTE the direction of the diagonal folds. They are important later when trying to make the dimensional points... trust me, I found out after several stars and lots of struggling.
Another tip, shown below, be sure to tuck BOTH ends of the strips into the loops when you start. You'll understand once you get there..
Yep.. I learned that one the hard way too...
I strung a few on metallic thread and hung them from my mantel.. I like them simple this way but they would be fabulous dipped in a clear wax (helps preserve them) or sprayed with glue and dusted with glass glitter (something I avoid with wee children in the house). Antique them, tea stain them, add bells, make garlands, top gifts, who knows! No sheet music? use double sided gift wrap. (both sides of the paper will show). HERE are directions to make them into a wreath..
I just love them!