Wednesday, September 22, 2010

~Moravian Paper Stars~

A bunch of white glittered stars

           Moravian stars actually have more points and these lesser point stars are known as German stars, Swedish stars, Bethlehem stars, or more correctly as Froebel Stars, named after Friedrich Fröbel, the German educator who invented them. (we have always called them Moravian stars though)
          A dear friend of the family would make several of these stars to go on our packages every Christmas.  These same stars that he made have been decorating my tree each year.
A couple of years ago we had some friends over and Ed came to my house and patiently taught us all how to fold them. They seem difficult at first, but once you get the folds down they are easy peasy (as Karen would say)
          I think I was first drawn to the simple beauty of these stars. I decorated some of my small evergreens outside with plain white waxed stars. We made hundreds of them to use as table decorations at a holiday gathering for the families of deployed soldiers. They are wonderful to use on packages, for table settings, and as decorations….any time of the year
              I make them with colored paper and then I use matching glitter and coat them thoroughly. I love the look of when they are simply dipped in wax, but I have a thing for glitter, so most of mine get glitterized. My finished stars measure 1 1/2” across. The smallest I made so far measure  ½” across, (these tiny ones are not glittered)
tiny 1/2" star
             Lisa from starcrosses@etsy.com  makes some wonderful Moravian stars and some really cool 3-D star ball ornaments.
beautiful purple star ball ornament, by Lisa

two color round star ball, by Lisa
       You can check out more of her stars and her shop here;                                              http://www.etsy.com/shop/starcrosses

           If you would like to make some of these on your own, this site has the best directions I found.  http://highhopes.com/3dstar.html
Just a little warning, the directions may appear confusing at first, but once you get it they are really easy to make.
(jj)

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  1. I am in awe of how you do this. I can't even begin to understand so I'll leave it up to you, the expert. :)
    I have some and LOVE them though!!

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  2. WOW! I've read the sizes in your shop and know they are small, but seeing one on your finger really shows how small. I cannot begin to imagine working with something that size - as GG said, I am in awe.

    Nice job, keep up the good work. And you better start getting ready for Christmas!

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  3. LOLOL!
    Okay I fixed my typo.....just stars now not starts....you knew it would be in there somewhere with so many chances for it...
    Christmas! I am still trying to get ready for Halloween!

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  4. Oh my, I love these!

    I wish I had a wedding to plan because these would be wonderful special decorations...

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