The Perfect Christmas Star

Do you want to do one last project this year? If you have aluminium foil, a pencil, a round bowl, some scissors, some glue, some binding thread and about 45 minutes, then you can create the perfect Christmas star. Unlike last year, you don’t need an oven!

Before you begin, one quick thing to consider: with the bowl you will draw circles that you later cut out and from those subsequently create your perfect Christmas star. The smaller the circles, the more delicate, but also more sophisticated, your star. In the example, we drew circles with a diameter of 15cms. At the end of the project, the perfect Christmas star should look like this:

The golden Christmas star

The golden Christmas star

And here’s how to do it:

  • Prepare the foil on a table and trace the upturned bowl with a pencil (or a pen) ten times. Try to draw as precisely as possible.
  • Cut out the ten circles – try to be as careful as possible here, too.
  • Fold every star a total of three times, each time along the middle of the whole surface. Through that you get at the end ten small triangles, that each will take about an eighth of the surface of the circle.
The perfect Christmas star - cutting and folding

The perfect Christmas star – cutting and folding

  • Fold the circles apart again. Through each fold, every circle should now have eight fold lines.
  • Cut along these fold lines, but only until about 75% of the way. In other words, cut until about the middle of the circle, otherwise the circle will be destroyed.
  • Now comes the delicate challenge: after being cut, every circle now has eight small areas between the cut and fold lines. These surfaces have to be rolled up, the tighter, the better. From the rolling, the point of the star are created. You can use the pencil to help with the rolling by rolling the paper around the pencil, and when it is tight, pull the pencil out little by little. Pay attention not to roll the foil too tight! If you do, the foil might rip along the fold, so you need a bit of patience for this part. Press the end of every point together tightly, you don’t need glue, the foil will hold its form. After you have rolled the first surface, repeat this step seven times. And then nine times more times, with the remaining circles. But you know that a perfect Christmas star has never fallen from the sky.
  • Now the last phase begins. Take five circles and stack them. Looking at a circle, then there is an inner and an outer side, almost like a hand. Fold the circles with the inner side on top. Stack the circles clockwise, so that the points of the stars don’t cover each other. Repeat the stacking with the remaining five circles.
Cutting, rolling up and stacking the perfect Christmas star

Cutting, rolling up and stacking the perfect Christmas star

  • Now you have to glue the levels together. Apply some glue to the inside of the middle of the bottom circle. Press in the middle of the first circle (the outside). Repeat this step with the third, fourth and fifth circle. The top circle doesn’t need to be glued. Then, repeat this process with the remaining five circles.
  • By gluing the five circles on top of each other, you have produced two halves of the Christmas star. But it doesn’t look like a ball yet. To do this, stick the flat side of the pencil into the middle of the top circle until the pencil reaches the lowest level. With the pressure, the points of the star will raise, sort of like the fingers of a closing hand. You can help somewhat by pulling the circles from levels two, three, four and five gently upwards, so that a half-ball develops. Repeat this process on the other half of the star.
  • Glue the two halves of the star together with a small dab of glue on the outside.
  • Finally, make a small hole in the point of your choice, secure the thread there and hang up your Christmas star.
  • The perfect Christmas star is finished!
The red Christmas star - perfect!

The red Christmas star – perfect!

We wish you a merry Christmas, relaxed and happy days with your loved ones and lots of time with your family and friends.

Thank you for 2016. We are looking forward to 2017 with you!

from the microTOOL Team

For your information:

This perfect Christmas star is a Christmas tradition of Wiebke Gülcibuk and her family. Ms. Gülcibuk works at Phineo, an analysis and consulting company for effective societal engagement. Phineo fights for the environment and against childhood poverty and the right. You can find more information here http://www.phineo.org

 

My name is Michael Schenkel – and I believe in tools, if they are useful. Tools that support users in their work, tools that provide a common working environment for all types of roles in a project.

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