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Modular Origami, Kusudama & Stars by Maria Sinayskaya

Froebel Star

Froebel Star, German Paper Star
I’ve been saving and bookmarking tutorials for this star since last year and this holiday season I finally decided to give it a try!

This star has lots of names – Froebel Star, German Star, Swedish Star, Danish Star or Moravian Star are just a few to mention. You can read more about the history of Froebel Star (and learn which name is not correct) here.
Froebel Star, German Paper Star

The star is made out of four rather long strips of paper, a width-to-length ratio may vary from 1:25 to 1:30. This is not exactly an easy star, it takes at least a few tries to get it right, but after folding around 20 of them I feel like I’ll never forget it! They are so addictive!

There are plenty of tutorials on the net explaining how to make it, so I just added a couple of links to the ones I used.

Name: Froebel Star, German Star
Designer: Traditional design
Units: 4 units for a star
Paper ratio: strips measuring from (1:25) to (1:30)
Assembled with: no glue
Paper size: 1*30 / 1.5*35 / 2*60 cm
Model size: ~ 4 / 6.5 /  8.5 cm
Paper: Tracing paper
Video: Froebel Star – video tutorial

Froebel Star, German Paper Star

Froebel Star Kusudama

Once you have mastered the star,  you may want to make something more challenging out of them! I made this kusudama with a total of 6 stars (they’re only 3D on one side) – check out the video below to learn how it can be done.

Name: Froebel Star Kusudama
Units: 6 Froebel Stars (flat on one side)
Assembled with: no glue
Paper size: 1.5*30 cm
Model size: 6.5 cm
Paper: Tracing paper
Video: Froebel Star Kusudama – video

Froebel Star Wreath

To make a Christmas wreath with Froebel stars you will need 8 of them.  Insert points of one star into another one (look at the picture to see how they are positioned relative to each other). Before you insert the points, add a dab of glue to hold them in place.

Name: Froebel Star Wreath
Units: 8 Froebel Stars
Assembled with: glue
Paper size: 1*30 cm
Model size: 11 cm
Paper: Tracing paper

I used tracing paper for all these stars because it’s not only thin and strong at the same time, but also available in large sheets, which is pretty handy when it comes to cutting long strips.

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9 Comments

  1. Your Fröbelsterne are lovely. I love them too.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Merry X-Mas to you!

    Katrin

  2. I purchased these stars from someone in the mid 60’s and they were our
    first Christmas decorations when my husband and I married.
    A few years ago I took a class and made some, but the paper was inferior
    and I did not attempt it again.
    I think I will give it a try again now that Christmas is over and I have
    some time to experiment.
    thank you so much for your beautiful posts.

  3. My grandma always made those for Xmas. I can make them too, but she will always be the master of that model :)

    • That’s interesting about your grandma!:) I don’t think any of my grandparents knew anything about origami at all.

  4. In Denmark these stars are made by practically everyone for christmas. You can buy the paper in long strips ready for folding in most places. I often use plastik ribbons for gift wrapping instead. It’s a bit fiddly, but makes cute, little stars, and the ribbon slides easily through the gaps when folding the stars… :)

    • Yes, using gift wrapping ribbons is a good idea – I thought about it too, but that was AFTER I cut all those long strips from A3 sheets (which wasn’t fun at all:))

  5. I made these as a child and rediscovered the process. Use a high grade paper and I suggest starcraft on Etsy.

  6. can you tell me how to make it or give a diagram !!
    i am calling my photography studio ORIGAMI and am trying some models
    hope you can help

    much love from EGYPT

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