Woven star craft

This is a perfect craft for the Christmas season. Use these woven stars to decorate your home and Christmas tree.

By Jo Calvert
Designed by Renée Schwarz
Photography by Mark Burstyn

Woven star craft
You need:
4 strips of paper or gift-wrapping ribbon, 30.5 x 1 cm (12 x 3/8 in)
Darning needle
15 cm (6 in) length of monofilament, for hanging loop

Click here for the woven start diagrams that correspond with the step numbers.

To make

Notes:
Ensure paper strips are same widths and diagonally trim each end to point, for easier, neater weaving.
• Stiffer than fabric ribbon, gift-wrapping ribbon is easier to use.
• Vary strip and ribbon widths, if desired, to make different-size stars (adjusting length as necessary), but use same widths for each same star.
• Use same-colour strips or ribbon, 2 different colours, or strips or ribbon with a different colour on each side.
• Refer to diagrams as you work.

1. Fold each strip in half; basket-weave together, then push strips to centre to tighten weaving.

2. Fold top strip down across woven square and turn weaving clockwise; repeat 2 times.

3. Push last strip under bottom left-hand square of weaving to "lock" it.

4. Fold top right-hand strip out at angle.

5. Fold same strip down to make triangular point.

6. Fold triangle in half, then pinching point between thumb and finger, push strip under top right-hand square of weaving to "lock" it and turn weaving clockwise. Repeat steps 4 through 6 at each corner of weaving.

7. Weaving looks like this; turn over and repeat steps 4 through 6.

8. Fold top left-hand strip out at angle.

9.  Fold same strip down to make triangular point.

10. Fold triangle in half, then pinching point between thumb and finger, push strip under top left-hand square of weaving to "lock" it and turn weaving clockwise. Repeat steps 8 through 10 at each corner of weaving to create windmill pattern in centre of star. Turn over and repeat steps 8 through 10. Cut strips ends even with star or trim, leaving just enough to fold and tuck under adjacent point. To make windmill points stand up, bend in opposite directions. Thread needle with monofilament and push through star between points and pull until ends are even; tie ends in overhand knot, for hanging loop.

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