Make a wish upon a star…make your own wishes, and your own stars, with this little activity for nimble fingers.
You will need:
- Coloured paper
- A wish
How to make them…
- Cut a strip of paper which is the length of either A4 or US Letter paper and about 1cm wide.
- Write your wish on the strip of paper.
- With the writing side facing you, curl one end of the strip into a loop with a small 1cm tail at the end. Hold between your thumb and finger.
- Pass the other end of the strip through the loop and pull into a loose knot which looks like a pentagon. The paper shouldn’t be forced to bend inwards. If it does, you’re pulling the knot too tight.
- Tuck the short end into the pentagon. Snip off any excess.
- Turn the strip of paper over. Be careful, this is the trickiest bit because it can fall apart easily.
- You can see the Pentagon has 5 sides. Wrap the strip to the bottom left side of the pentagon shape. It should naturally bend this way.
- Wrap the strip around the back and over the top right side of the pentagon.
- You’ll find the angle of the strip of paper naturally wraps around the pentagon shape. Follow the natural wrap cycle until you have a little of the strip left.
- Tuck the end underneath the flap on the front of the pentagon.
- Use your thumb and finger to pinch each corner of the pentagon shape to make it look like a star.
- Remember to keep your wish safe or give it to a good friend to keep it safe for you.
- The more even the width of the strip of paper is, the more likely your star will turn out just right. If it’s bigger one end than the other it won’t work well.
- Don’t fold or crease the strip as you make this – you need to keep the edges as rounded as possible for the 3D effect.
- Pinching the star is the hardest bit to get right. Instead of just pinching the corners, try to dig your thumb and finger nails into the middle of each side.
- Practice makes perfect. The more you practise the better your stars will look.