A Creative Dream

A Creative Dream

A little blog about the life of a somewhat lost dreamer....looking for my grace in this crazy world.

22 December 2016

A Froebel Star...

I'm going to leave you with one last project from the archives before I take a break for the year. It's paper, go figure...I never work in paper.  I'm taking a break to enjoy the holidays I celebrate at the end of the year, and will return in the new one. 

Until then...May light and joy fill your world, may you shed the old that is holding you back, may you learn from it as you move into the new.  May you ever move forward on your path...and may love always surround you.

I find that people tend to make things far more difficult than they need to be most of the time.  Especially when we are trying to create things.  Normally, I try to ascribe to the KISS method of things (Keep It Simple Stupid), but sometimes I just cannot do it.  Every year I make these stars, and every year they make me crazy.  Ok, crazier.  I can never, in spite of the fact I made them the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that, remember quite how to do them.  I try to make them far more difficult than they really are.

This is a Froebel star.  You may have heard them called a German Star, a Moravian Star, or other names.  It's attributed to Friedrich Froebel, the same man who proposed the concept of kindergarten.  What it really is, is a mathematical principle disguised as a star.  (That's how I like my mathematical concepts...disguised.)  I think they are beautiful...simple, sweet...just perfect.

They also fit perfectly into this KISS theory.  They take only four strips of paper, a bit of weaving and folding, and ta-da..a star.  I breeze right through these, until the last step.  The *&()$#*( folding (bending?), curving part that makes the point. I don't know why, but I try to make that point far more difficult than it is.  Drives me nuts.

Luckily, I found a great video on Origami Nut that makes it easy.   They make the perfect last minute package decoration, or do a whole bunch and hand them out to everyone!


Gretchen said...

It's good to have you back. Hope your holidays are just what you want them to be. I had the same problem with the last fold also. But, after making many I think I have it down pretty well. I made lots of these in all different sizes including strips of paper 1/4" thick...turned out really tiny. To make the stars last, I dipped them in melted wax and sprinkled on some glitter. Last year, I strung several different sizes together after dipping them to give to all my family and friends for their trees. Happy Holidays.

ACreativeDream June Crawford said...

Gretchen, I LOVE the idea of dipping them in wax, I remember those on our tree when I was little!

I have a few of the white ones in my office window. A couple of years ago an older lady came into our building and into my office (it's right by the door). She gave me a beautiful red one she had made of ribbon. Lots of people walk in the area, it's a beautiful, grassy area, and she had seen the ones in my window as she had been walking her dog. It reminded her of the ones she had made when she was young.

It was one of the most random, heartfelt, lovely things I've ever had happen, and that beautiful star still sits in my window.

Happy Holidays to you as well!

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

What wonderful wishes, June: light, joy and shedding anything holding us back. Especially that last part for me.

My word of the year for 2017: WELCOME. I am welcome to new opportunities, to new ways of interacting, to letting past fears go. I am welcome to the world of (other) creatives. I'm not an outsider. I am welcomed in.

The stars are lovely in their simple elegance. Disguised math - lol.

ACreativeDream June Crawford said...

It has to be disguised math for me Eileen! I really don't have problems with math, at least until you get into the really complicated versions...but just the word math causes my brain to resist!

I love your word, especially the reasoning behind it. You definitely are not an outsider, you absolutely are one of the most creative of creatives!