Anyway, today I took some more of this paper to our local community club. I often bring an arts & crafts activity to the club, usually for the children but I thought the mums would quite like making something, too. The dads don't often make an appearance, preferring to stay home doing some DIY or tidying up the garden and reading a newspaper. Ever so stereotypical but it is true for us at least. I think I might be thought of as a bit odd around my neighbourhood because I make stuff but I'd like to think there is a hint of admiration there, too. Making stuff doesn't seem nearly as popular in the real world as it is in the blogosphere but I do follow many creative blogs so my view is skewed.
We made little stars to brighten up windows. It gets dark here soon and soon it will be darker still and every bit of colour will be appreciated for even during the dull days, the colours are muted and nature is mostly brown, grey and rotten green. I like it bright and sparkly. Anytime and any day.
The stars are very easy to make. I use my quilt ruler and cutting mat to cut the paper, it is faster and more accurate than using scissors. I am not using my rotary cutter but a paper knife. The paper needs to be rectangular, with the length double the width. Any size will do really but the smaller the rectangles, the trickier the folding will be for little hands. Today's size was 10 cm by 5 cm.
The stars will either have eight or 16 points, depending on how they rectangles are folded: fold a rectangle in half lengthwise.
Fold all four the corners towards the middle folding line.
For an eight point star fold two adjacent sides towards the middle once more.
For a 16 point star do this with all four sides. I am not familiar with the correct origami description but I hope the picture will be self explanatory.
Now the points can be glued together. I use glue stick rather than PVA glue, it is less messy and dries more quickly
What do you think? I can't wait for the sun to shine through the stars in my windows. But even without, they are a cheerful and happy sight!
How did you spend your Sunday? I did of course also do other more mundane stuff but you don't want to read about my laundry mountain or the grease spattered hob, don't you?
I thought you might want to know how my mum is getting on after her knee replacement: she has been discharged from hospital today and is doing well. Thank you for all the good luck wishes!
And now I am going to do some knitting, listening to yet another Iain Banks book on my phone. The dog is asleep and there is no danger to my yarn at the moment. Have a lovely week! Cx