When I shared my plaid and fair isle mantel with you, I promised that I would show you how to make the German paper stars strung on the garland. German paper stars, or Froebelstern, are a common sight in German Christmas decorations. Instead of being flat stars, Froebel stars have 16 points total — on the edges and on the front and back.
The process of folding a German paper star does have quite a few steps, but once you learn the process you can bust through dozens of them while binging on Netflix. (Hit me up in the comment section for Netflix suggestions. I watch all the shows.) Since there are so many steps, I decided a video tutorial would be much more expedient than taking 30 some process pictures and writing a step-out tutorial.
This is my first non-Google hangout video tutorial. I am still working out some of the kinks, but I hope to make more of these in the new year. If you haven’t already started following my YouTube channel, pop over and do that now. All my tutorials and G+ hangouts will be posted there,
These paper stars can be hung as ornaments, strung onto garlands, or mixed in with other table top decorations. If you have already moved past Christmas crafting, switch the Christmas paper out for sparkly gold and silver paper to make some pretty stars for New Year’s!
Cheryl Tibbetts says
Thanks for sharing. I always wanted to learn how to make these German Star ornaments.
Mary Wenzel says
I made these as a child. I would love to know where you got the plaid paper,
I found mine at Hobby Lobby, eventually. It took a lot of searching to find plaid paper in store!
Beverly Tootle says
I am requesting directions on how to make the German
stars and where to get the plaid & cute paper to make them. Thanks
If you watch the video in the post, you will see all the steps for making the stars. The paper came from the Martha Stewart Woodland Christmas paper pack.
renate widera says
Hi,thank you for sharing the german star with us,we call the star fröbelstern and crafters here in germany love the star also. Maybe what you can do is the paperstripes a little bit longer than it will be much easyer to do……thank you for sharing your wonderfull crafts
I was working with paper that was only so big, otherwise I would definitely have made them longer. Thanks for the comment!
is there a ratio between length and width of the strips of paper?
Yes, it is 1:24. So if you are using 12 inch paper, you should cut it into 1/2" strips. Hope that helps!
Hazel Drake says
That was great. I’m going to make a bunch of these stars. Thanks for making it so easy.
I made these when I was a child and I am nearly 70 now. We dipped them in paraffin when they were done and sprinkled them with glitter. I was enchanted.
My mom made them the same way. She forgot how, but we have flat ones from when she was a child (stired wrong) I can’t wait to make these this year
Joan C Wichlacz says
Your stars are lovely and the video is very well done.
Awesome!! My daughter will love making these.
I wanted to make the German Paper Stars but the video on this computer does not work, I can follow directions without much trouble as I taught all kinds of Art, Crafts, Ceramics and wood working projects to my students for 40 years long before computers in schools were available. So would appreciate the directions to copy.