the Froebel Star
1. You can stop after step 21 and leave out the bags.
2. You can fold the star as small as possible.
3. You can leave step 23. Then you don't get pointed
bags but more bows.
4. You can use different materials like paper, silk,
aluminium foil or plastics.
5. The strips can have different colours, also on both
sides. You can colour the strips or the finished star.
6. You can dip the star in fluid wax and/or cover it
with glitter. You can fix the glitter with hair setting lotion.
7. In the shop of the Kreuzkirche at Dresden I saw, that
the stars can have a tail. Don't cut two strips.
8. Don't cut the strip ends and connect stars with them
to get pairs or star rosettes.
9. You can form mobiles with stars.
I like the simple one-colour-star best.
This is a suggestion, how
to make a rosette with shortened strips.
Star on the Internet top
Hildegard Geisler / Ralph Sontag
Sabine Viertel (treffpunkt-ostsee.de)
- Fröbelstern basteln
Ursula Meiß (Ursulas Kreativ-Insel)
to Make a German Paper Star
David Lister Grimsby
Swedish Star, Froebel
Maddy and Maverick
- Free Instructions
Folding, Fish (In Germany known as Fröbelfisch)
to Make a German "ribbon" Star
Froebel star by Froebel Friedrich
Paper Stars Part 1 highhopes no. 7, 3D
Paper Stars Part 2 highhopes no. 8
(1) Walter Diem: Sterne, Sterne, Weihnachtssterne, Augsburg
(2) BURDA, Weihnachtsbasteln, E466, Offenburg 1979
(3) Kunihiko Kasahara, Origami ohne Grenzen, München
2001 (ISBN 3-8043-0687-X)
- In Germany the star is called Fröbelstern. In
the English-speaking world there is no common name. I found German Star,
Swedish Star, Polish Star, Danish Star, Pennsylvanian Star, Advent Star,
Moravian Star, and (!) Froebel Star.
- Friedrich Fröbel (1782-1852)
was one of the founders of the kindergarten movement. He used for instance
children's play instinct for plaiting and folding works to give them an
understanding of mathematics. So the name of the star is appropriate.
I found out that the name Fröbelstern first arose
in the 1960s. But I am not sure.
I know the star by
the "Bodelschwinghschen Anstalten" at Bethel near Bielefeld. They sent
three or four stars to those as a Christmas present, who collected used
stamps for them during the year. (The "Bodelschwinghschen Anstalten" is
a home of mentally disturbed people. They still collect stamps. Please
-An extract of a description
of folding the star from 1891 follows.
It was kindly given to me by Origami Deutschland (http://www.papierfalten.de/).
They told me that the star was known before Fröbel and
that Fröbel knew it. The name was given by someone later.
- Today the star has a large
circulation in Germany, but not many people can fold it. You can buy it
in shops for 1.50 € to decorate your Christmas tree.
- You make the strips best
with a cutting tool or you take ribbons used in gift-wrapping.
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