How to make Danish paper Christmas stars (julestjerner)

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Julestjerner, or Danish paper woven stars, are one of the most iconic of Scandinavian Christmas ornaments, and are very easy to make once you have got the knack. They look wonderful piled up in bowls with a few fairy lights, strewn across your Christmas table, hung on the tree or strung together to make a lovely mobile. We hang a branch from the ceiling and suspend the stars and a few fairy lights from the twigs for an alternative rustic decoration!
Bex’s grandmother taught her to make julestjerner when she was little, and there are a couple of tricks that make folding them SO much easier. Snip the ends off the strips before you start weaving, as it will make the paper slip through the holes, then if the end starts getting bent and ragged, just snip off a little more. If you have never made them, start with the wider strips too, before moving on to the narrower ones as the smaller stars are fiddlier; if your eyesight is good enough you can even make them out of curling ribbon.
Here at Hyggestyle we have everything you need to get started weaving and folding Danish stars, baskets and paper sweetie cones. All our kits come with full instructions, and if you do get stuck, drop us a line and we will do our best to help!
Guide step 1
1

Cut the ends off four paper star strips diagonally.

Guide step 2
2

Pull the strips alternately outside and into the adjacent paper star strip –

Guide step 3
3

– to form a square.

Guide step 4
4

Take the top the paper strip and bend down. Proceed like this with all four paper star strips.

Guide step 5
5

Insert the last (fourth) paper star strip into and under the first paper star strip –

Guide step 6
6

– and pull it through. Then turn the star over.

Guide step 7
7

Take the paper star strip on the left and bend it backwards to the left, and press it down.

Guide step 8
8

Bend the paper star strip towards the middle and press it down.

Guide step 9
9

It will look like two triangular roofs.

Guide step 10
10

Make sure that all the paper star strips are in line with the other paper star strips.

Guide step 11
11

Bend the left paper star strip over the other and press it down.

Guide step 12
12

Lift the paper star strip and pull it through the hole in front –

Guide step 13
13

– and pull it through. Repeat with the next three paper star strips on the left side and turn the star over.

Guide step 14
14

Repeat the bending of the paper star strips on this side following steps 7-12.

Guide step 15
15

Take a paper star strip – twist it backwards and push it through the adjacent paper star strip.

Guide step 16
16

Pull the strip all the way through, so it comes out through one of the flat pointed tips –

Guide step 17
17

– and carefully pull tight.

Guide step 18
18

Continue the same way with the next three paper star strips.

Guide step 19
19

Insert the last paper star strip under the first pointed tip.

Guide step 20
20

Turn the star over.

Guide step 21
21

Repeat the bending of the paper star strips on this side following steps 15-19.

Guide step 22
22

Cut off the paper star strips right by the flat pointed tips.

Guide step 23
23

FINISHED!

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