A few people have kindly asked to know more about making window stars. There are plenty of tutorials on line which can be found by searching for window stars, Waldorf stars, tissue stars, rainbow stars, etc. In this post I've included links to all the star patterns I've used.
This time I used kite paper to make the stars. This is waxed tissue paper and is stronger than plain tissue paper and, I hope, more lightfast (the stars haven't been up long enough yet to know). I ordered my kite paper from Myriad Natural Toys and Crafts. They have two packs available, this one with 100 sheets and this one with 500 sheets. I've used both (I needed lots of sheets for when I was getting my class to make stars) and don't think there's too much difference in quality. There are more colours in the first pack, but if you want to make a rainbow star there are enough colours to do this in the second pack - use the two shades of green to get the eight colours required.
this pattern from Arwen Arts. An alternative tutorial is available here at GardenMama. The big checked star is made using a whole sheet of kite paper for each point, the
smaller version is made using a quarter sheet for each point. The other star in this picture is from this book though I didn't bother cutting the paper to the right size which is why it looks a bit different to how it should. Now that I've seen the book, I personally wouldn't recommend it as most of my favourite patterns are available on line and there are only a couple extra in the book that I'd like to make.
this pattern, again from Arwen Arts (there are more tutorials for other star patterns on her site too). Here's an alternative instruction sheet in a nice graphic form from Wide Eyed Tree. The 16 pointed star requires twice the number of kite paper pieces and uses the same folding method but with one extra step. A tutorial is available here at An Abundance Of Rainbows.
While I had the camera out I took some more pictures of the living room looking tidy. It was the calm before the storm as we later had people round for a little party.
See you all next year...