DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Fold and Cut Star Shape
contributed by Leanne Guenther
Use this star as an alternate center to the USA Wreath. It makes the Wreath a more challenging project for children ages 6+.
A Little Bit of History:
A 6 point star is easier to fold than a five point one. George Washington's original pencil sketch for the US flag indicated 6-pointed stars. Betsy Ross, suggested a 5 point one. When people protested that it was too hard to make, she grabbed a piece of paper, made the folds that follow and showed just how easy it was to make a 5 pointed star!
Marks where the folds will be are black dotted lines. Marks where crease marks are visible are thin red lines.
- Fold a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper in half and crease firmly (8 1/2 x 10 actually works best, but we used regular sized 8 1/2 x 11 and you don't really notice the difference)
- fold in half again and crease lightly.
- Unfold this second fold. We just wanted to make a crease mark to guide us in the next step
- fold the top, right hand corner down to the left hand edge of the paper so it touches the crease mark.
- fold the top, left hand corner down right along the edge the paper from the right side made
- fold one last time so the left hand edge touches the right hand edge.
- Cut at a fairly sharp angle
- Unfold and you have a star!
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