I did spend time crafting and doing projects with the grandsons. One of our projects was making these beautiful origami stars that I found on Shelterness.com. Each piece of the star is called a beam and you can make them with 16, 14, or 12 beams. The star pictured has 12 beams. They are so fun and easy, even our 7 year old grandson made them. Actually, he was going like a house on fire once he got the basic folds down. He and his 10 year old brother made enough to decorate their Christmas tree and they are gorgeous! They are such a nice add on to small ornaments. They really make a statement. In fact, our other daughter wanted to learn how to make them for their tree after she saw the ones we made. We had a down home star making party. It was lots of fun.
To make these stars, you can use pre cut origami paper that comes in 4 inch squares, or you can use scrap book paper and cut your own squares. It just takes a little more time. I bought a book of Christmas papers at Michael's that has lots of designs in it. It was $19.99 and 40% off. The papers are 12 x 12 so you can cut them into 4x4 inch squares easily. Choose the papers you want for your star. You can use patterns or solids, or a mixture - whichever you prefer. First, start with a 12 x 12 sheet.
Christmas is not Christmas at our house without doing some handmade projects. I am so happy that the boys enjoy making these projects too. Some of my fondest memories of Christmas's past are about projects that I made. There are always hand made gifts for those I love. How about you? Do you do Christmas crafts or handmade gifts?
These beautiful stars would made wonderful gifts for teachers, co workers, or neighbors. They would make beautiful package toppers that could be used as ornaments. There are so many things you can do with them. How about making a garland? If you come up with some unique uses for these stars, please share with us. I will be sharing many more projects with you in the days to come. Here's wishing you a very crafty Christmas holiday.
Things to Remember:
Gift's from the hands are gifts from the heart. They are the best kind. donna