Friday, August 3, 2012

Arabic Newspaper Star Tutorial

Today we made this star from our pile of Arabic newspapers. 

We thought it might be fun to have them hang from our kitchen table lights.   We might make more tomorrow, isA, since they were so easy to make!

Arabic Newspaper Star Tutorial

Arabic newspaper
12 inch ribbon

Measure and cut out your cardboard to be 2 inches by 2 inches.  Cut out two of these pieces.

Measure out and cut out 4 inches by 4 inches of your Arabic newspaper.  You'll need five of these squares for each star.

Okay, this is where there is a bit of Origmai involved, but it's realy not that complicated, so listen up.  Fold your paper in half lenghtwise and crease, then fold in half widthwise and crease.

Open the square up and then flip it over.  Fold the lower corner to the upper corner, open it up and then fold the corners in the other direction.  Your newspaper square will look like this:

 Fold along the vertical creases so that the paper folds down on itself and looks like this:

Do this with the other four pieces of newspaper.  After you have all five pieces folded in the same way, stack them on top of each other and glue them together.

Now take your two by two pieces of cardboard and put them next to each other.  Put your pencil in between the two so that you have a space of about 1/4 inch.  Glue a piece of ribbon about two inches wide down between the two pieces.  Take the rest of your ribbon, cut it in half and glue it down in the opposite corners.

Flip the cardboard cover over.  Glue down your stacked newspaper folded newspaper pieces on your front cover of the glued cardboard above.  Make sure that your newspaper pages are aligned and the open points are at the corners with the ribbon.  After one side is glued down, put your other piece of your cardboard cover down and glue that down too.

We found a nice image in the newspaper of a mosque interiour and used that as the cover of our star.  This way it looks nice when it's closed up and not used as a star.  It looks like a little book!

Now your star is ready to be used as Ramadan decoration.

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