I've posted about window stars before, but a recent purchase of an Origami Suncatcher kit (which I found in-store) has gotten me on a major paper-folding binge. The instructions are for very simple stars, but they're still fun and beautiful...plus it comes with 60 pieces of very nice paper already cut into squares (which I much prefer to cutting from large rolled sheets!). It even comes with a glue stick and a nice box to keep it all in.
One thing that has kept me from making tons of stars before now was the issue with paper. Actual kite paper is hard to find. You HAVE to order it. Period. Double sided origami paper holds it's color really well, but it isn't as transparent as I'd like (particularly if you're doing something intricate). Tissue paper is delicate to work with, fades like no tomorrow, has to be cut down from large unwieldy sheets and, did I mention, it FADES LIKE NO TOMORROW (it's worth repeating)....but it's cheap and readily available.
|Figure 28 from Window Stars made from the kit's paper|
|Figure 21 from Window Stars made with Folia transparent origami paper|
|The view out my "knitting room" window|
GardenMama - A Tutorial For Waldorf Window Stars
Duo Fiberworks - Window Star tutorial
Arwen Art - Waldorf Window Stars / Tissue Paper Stars Tutorials
The Enchanted Tree - Folded Paper Butterflies, Flowers, & Dragonflies & Tissue Paper Hearts
Here are some more stars for your viewing pleasure:
|5 Pointed Star from Magical Window Stars made from tissue paper|
|Pinwheel Star from Origami Suncatchers made with the kit's paper|
|Figure 23 from Window Stars made with the kit's paper|
|Our front door and a variety of stars from all 3 books as well as a few improvisations|