Aren't these geometric string craft stars fabulous? I've been wanting to do some crafting with my kids to revisit the geometric string crafts of the 70's, and this was a perfect start. Plus I think these work perfectly with dreidels and menorahs and candles as a part of our Hanukkah themed crafting! And the only one that I did was the gold one at the bottom, the rest my kids did with a little help at first, and then with no help whatsoever, though I did cut the circle and the slits for them.
We used recycled cardboard from food packaging, so the other side looks like this (above) though if one want to make hanging two sided ornaments, just use plain cardboard. The patterns are different on either side, making the project that much more interesting!
- cardboard, recycled preferably
- a circular punch, or something round to trace, a mug, a glass etc.
- heavy thread, string or yarn, depending on the size of your circles, I used fine crocheting thread that comes in those little spools in tons of irresistible colors.
- Cut out circles, our circular craft punch wasn't able to handle some of the cardboard we used, so some of the circles were hand cut, which is why they're not quite perfect!
- Cut slits in circle either 8 or 16 evenly spaced. If you're planning to do a bunch, make one circle with slits perfectly placed and then use that as a guide for other circles. Remember how to divide a circle dear readers?
- Now it's time to have some fun. With the end on the back side insert string into slit 1 and bring down to slit 9. Carry string across the back and insert into slit 2. Bring string across the front and insert into slit 10. Carry string across the back and insert into slit 3. Continue working in this fashion until you've gone around the circle at least twice. Turn you circle over to reveal, ta da, a beautiful geometric star, like the metallic gold one in the top photo.
- To create the star seen in the exact middle, turn circle over and repeat above steps with a second color. Wow, too much fun, and of course there are so many designs one can create!
I was inspired to create these geometric string craft stars by a contribution submitted by putti's world at this Craft Schooling Sunday linking party. Thanks so much to Putti from Florida for being such a wonderful little crafter, and to her mom for making it happen! You all can do it too!