Shining Stars for Your Christmas TreeBy Adina Dosan (adinamiti)
December 13, 2010
When I was a child, my mom used to surprise me every Christmas with the new ornaments she had made. The stars were always my favorites! I found it fascinating to have stars hanging in the Christmas tree or pinned all over the curtain.
One day she brought me double stars made of gold chocolate wrapping which were amazing, with such an unusual form. They were the same pattern as the stars, but made of cellophane and more than double, glued together to form a round ball. Of course, it didn't cross my mind to ask her how made them. I just loved having them, so I have been saving all of them since.
After decorating the Christmas tree for about 30 years, the cellophane star balls were getting so ugly and dusty that I had to throw them away. Some of the shining stars had broken too, but I still have some which I could fix and hang in the Christmas tree.
Last year, when I wrote the article about the crafts from old times, I posted a picture of the golden stars and many have asked about how were they made. Of course I thought of asking my mom how did she make it, but she couldn't remember. So I just broke one up to figure out how mom made it. It's not hard to make, you'll just need some time and patience.
My mom used that old kind of golden or silver chocolate wrapping, with aluminium foil on one part and some kind of thin paper on the other part. Manufacturers don't use that kind of packing anymore, but other materials can be used. I've searched through my saved wrappers and found a few of those, all more than 10 years old.
Figuring out how to make the shiny stars was fun! I tried with chocolate paper packing first, then I started with the golden chocolate packing, and in the end I tried a golden metallic gift paper, instead of cellophane.
For one star I had to cut a square from the wrappin. I measured it first and cut as many squares as I could. The chocolate wrapping was big enough to draw and cut four squares, each four inches. The golden metallic paper was wider, so I could cut bigger squares.
I folded each square in 2, then in 4 and last on the last square's diagonal.
Then I cut on each crease, stopping a bit farther from the center of the square, up to the edge of an imaginary small circle around the center. Unfolding, it showed 8 triangles. Then came the fun part which took me some time to figure out how to do it: making the rays of the star.
A Romanian DG friend, "Rodicap" told me she remembered making this kind of craft with her dad when she was a little girl and that she had to use a pencil to make their form. So I took a pencil and all turned out to be so easy and fun ! Just had to put the pencil on each triangle and wrap the rectangular angle around the pencil; then rotated the pencil like I would sharpen it . The foil turned around the pencil nicely. A bit of glue on the sharp angle, then rotated the pencil, putting a bit of pressure on the glued part and it got stuck.
I glued the centre of one star, stuck a thread for hanging and another star to it and there was my double shining star!
I made as many as I could from the chocolate wrappers I had and hung them in the Christmas tree.
The cellophane star balls have the same pattern, only they have more stars glued together. I made 8 stars and glued first 2 of them, with the thread inside . Then I glued all, one by one, to those 2 already glued star: first to one star, then rotate and glued one to the other star, and so on. Kept the pressure on the glued parts for a few seconds.
Then I'll have to start making them for my son, when he will have his own home.
I had such fun making these crafts and I hope you will too!
Happy Holidays everyone and a Happy New Year !