|scissors, paper stripes, gift wrapping ribbons ( curling ribbons)|
|Cut 4 stripes in the ratio of 1 to 27 * and fold them in the middle.
Cut the stripes on a bias. The following steps will be easier this way.
1 cm broad and 27 cm long
1.5 cm broad and 40.5 cm long
2 cm broad and 54 cm long
2.5 cm broad and 67.5 cm long
Tip: As the making of a Froebel star requires some experience begin with paper stripes 2 to 3 cm broad.
|Take one paper stripe into each of your hands. Hold one paper stripe horizontally and hold the other one vertically above it.||Now put the third paper stripe around the second one.||Then put the fourth one around the third and||tuck the both edges of the fourth paper stripe into the "eye" of the first paper stripe.|
|Draw the binding together so that a square appears.||Turn the first paper stripe down.||Go on clockwise with the other 3 paper stripes.|
|When you take the fourth paper stripe pull it through the "eye" of the paper stripe you turned down first.||The tips of the Froebel star will be formed next. Therefore fold the lower right paper stripe at right angles and then fold it to the right, too. Pay attention that the paper stripe remains folded to the back.||Now fold this paper stripe upwards.|
|Now you will get a rectangle. Fold the right half of it to the left and pull the paper stripe through the lower loop. This way the first tooth of the star gets ready.
Turn the star in a 90 degrees angle anti-clockwise and do the same with the next edge until all 4 right edges are done. Please, mind the last "eye" of the fourth edge lying hidden beneath the paper stripe.
|Turn the star round. Do the same as before with all the other edges of this side.||Now continue with the tips in the middle of the star. To get them in the right place fold each paper stripe from the middle of the square into the opposite direction.|
|Be careful the paper stripes should not overlap.|
|Choose one of the paper stripes from the middle. Turn it clockwise around. If you do it right you will get a cone. Repeat this step with the other 3 paper stripes. Now pull the paper stripe through the next possible slot that it will reappear behind an already completed flat tooth.|
|Do the same with the 3 remaining teeth.||Repeat the steps on the other side of the star.||Cut out all teeth still protruding from the edges. Froebel star. Finished!!|
Froebel stars can be made from many materials. Only mind the stripes being long enough and the selected material being flexible. A material that suits best for making a Froebel star is fleece. Fleece is offered in many colours. But do not hesitate to test other materials as wall paper or cloth. Again fleece - wall paper is best because it will not tear up too easily. And what is more it will have the right stability. Only make sure that you will cut out the stripes carefully.
Make one more - a special one for your friend.
From which material? Oh, let your imagination run wild.
|Froebel star 4 cm large from gift wrapping ribbons 0.9 cm broad||two - coloured Froebel star 28 cm large from starched cloth 11 cm broad|
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INSTRUCTIONS Froebel star