A long time ago, I saw a picture of the most gorgeous window star that I had ever seen. It is actually made from four different window stars of different sizes. When I saw it, the first thing that popped into my head was “dahlia”, which is one of my favorite flowers. So I decided to make a similar window star to decorate for spring. Unfortunately, there was not tutorial to accompany the photo. It took awhile, but I finally figured how to make these colorful Waldorf window stars.
Some tricks to make your window stars look great are:
- Use your lightest color of kite paper (or tissue paper) for the largest, outside color or else you won’t be able to see your smaller stars. Use your second lightest colored paper for your second largest star and so on.
- Use the 16 pointed star (light green star) pattern from this site. It is the best place to find window star patterns. It is in German, but you don’t need to read the directions, since the illustrations are so clear. (Really, forget buying window star pattern books, this site is the bomb and it’s free!)
- Use a glue stick to keep the folds from popping up, with this many star points, you’ll go stark raving mad if you don’t.
- To achieve the full “dahlia” look, you need to be very precise when cutting, folding, and gluing. If you note the orange, pink, and purple star below, you will see that the center star doesn’t quite line up correctly, since I wasn’t careful enough when measuring the paper.
- You want your inner star points to touch the outer star at the lowest point of the star’s edges, meaning where two pieces of kite paper overlap and form a notch. Note point “X” in the photo above.
- I used the regular square sheets of Mercurius kite paper for my outer star, which measure 16 cm x 16 cm.
- For the second star, I cut the sheets to 11 cm x 11 cm.
- For the third star, I cut the sheets to 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm.
- If you want to make a fourth layer, like the person did in the original photo, cut the sheets to 5.5 cm x 5.5 cm.
Have you ever made layered window stars?