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Three Ways to Fold Waldorf Window Stars

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Folding Waldorf window stars is a fun and simple craft. You can make basic designs that are easy enough to involve young children or add additional steps to create more intricate shapes. Folding the colorful kite paper during quiet time is a relaxing way to center and focus your mind. They are beautiful when displayed in the window with light filtering through or hanging above a nature table in seasonal colors.

Waldorf Window Stars folded 3 ways displayed in a window.
The star you end up with depends on how you fold the kite paper, and there are endless variations in design. Today Liz from The Mother Witch will walk us through 3 ways to fold Waldorf window stars, varying in difficulty from deceptively simple to more complex.
Young children love to make the basic stars themselves and lend a helping hand with the more difficult ones. Getting the folds lined up just right affects the end shape, so they can help make the creases in the paper and glue the sides down for the more complicated designs. Of course, they always love to pick the home of each star once complete.

Choose your Kite Paper

Kite paper from Bella Luna Toys laid out on a table for folding window stars.

Start by gathering your supplies. You'll need:

  • Kite paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Tape to hang the finished star

You can find this glossy translucent paper, along with tons of other Waldorf craft supplies, on our website. Shop Arts and Crafts here.

Start With the Basics

The first star is the simplest. This one was made with classic rainbow colors, but they look just as beautiful in a single color or a pattern of two or four different colors. 

How to fold Waldorf window stars step by step.
  • Start with eight squares of kite paper. For a smaller star, cut the larger pieces into four equal squares. 
  • Fold the paper in half. 
  • Fold it in half again. These folds create guidelines to follow to make sure the lines turn out evenly.
  • Unfold back into the large square.
How to fold Waldorf window stars step by step. Waldorf crafts.
  • Fold each corner to the center point.
  • Turn paper to face you in a diamond shape, and fold one corner into the center.
  • Fold the other corner into the center, creating a kite shape, and glue these two sides down with a glue stick.
How to fold simple Waldorf window stars step by step.
  • Repeat with the remaining seven squares of paper.
  • Glue each side together, placing the new piece on top of the previous one. Make sure you glue with the folds facing up and tuck the final side under the first piece to complete the pattern.

Tada! You’ve completed your first window star! Fold a piece of tape to make a loop, stick on the back of the window star and hang it up!

Time to Add a Little Flare

 

3 ways to fold Waldorf window stars with kite paper.
  • To fold this Waldorf window star you’ll need two sheets of kite paper. Cut each sheet into four equal squares, resulting in a total of eight. 
  • Fold the sheet in half to make a triangle. 
  • Unfold back into a square, then fold one corner into the center. Repeat with the opposite side. 
  • Glue these folds down.
3 ways to fold Waldorf window stars with kite paper.
  • Fold the top edge to meet the center. Repeat with the opposite side.
  • Glue these folds down.
  • Repeat with the seven remaining squares.
  • Glue each side together, lining up edges with the center of the next side, making sure to tuck the final side under the first. 

A Wintry Waldorf Window Star

How to fold intricate Waldorf window stars step by step.
  • Start with eight squares of kite paper. For a smaller star, cut kite paper into four equal squares.
  • Fold the kite paper in half into a rectangle.
  • Fold in half again into a skinnier rectangle. 
  • Unfold and fold top corner in to meet the center. Repeat with the opposite corner. If a younger one is helping, line up the edges, then let them make the final crease. 
Steps to fold an intricate Waldorf window star.
  • Glue these folds down. Gluing is one way children can help with more complex stars.
  • Fold bottom corner toward center.
  • Repeat with the opposite side.
  • Fold one side in to meet the middle line. 
  • Repeat with the opposite side and glue both folds down.
Final steps to fold a unique Waldorf window star.
  • Fold bottom corners in to the middle line.
  • Repeat with the seven remaining squares.
  • Glue sides together, placing the edge of one piece on the center of the next. Make sure to tuck the final side under the first and glue down. 
Fold Waldorf window stars 3 ways. Waldorf craft tutorial.
Thank you Liz, for this beautiful tutorial! Liz is a creative homeschooling mother of two. Follow her journey on Instagram where she focuses on the joys of play and slow living. Share your window stars and other Waldorf crafts with us on social media by tagging us and using the hashtag #BellaLunaToys!
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