82. A Seven-Sided Star, Snowflakes and a Scroll

Welcome to the second edition of the series, Never Underestimate the Possibilities of Paper!

The mascot of the series, Pierre Papier

The mascot of the series, Pierre Papier

A Seven-Sided Star is made in the same manner as the five-sided star from yesterday’s post.

Start with a heptagon (all sides must be equal)

Cut it out and then make folds like so:

7 star (495x500)Make a little mark about halfway towards the center of the shape along the fold on each flat side (you can see the little dots in the picture above). Cut along the fold ending at the dot. Then fold the cut edges toward what will be the points of the star (they will overlap). Like so:

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There will not be a gap in between the flaps (as in the five pointed star), so you just sort of eyeball it when taping them together.

DSC_2043 (500x423)And..

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Ta Da!

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To make a snowflake, start with a square of paper. Fold it in half diagonally.


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And again.

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Now cut here. Through the taller pieces too.

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Like so.

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Now cut chunks out of your long skinny triangle, holding all of the layers together while you do it.

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It helps to use scissors like the ones pictured. Since you are making tiny cuts.

Cut, cut, cut. Until you have something like this:

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Unfold and:

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Ta Da!


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And another:

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No two are alike!

In keeping with my alliterative title…

The scroll:

A few years ago the Spy made a “number scroll” as part of a kindergarten project. The project was simple. Starting from zero, fill in the numbers left to right in a grid like this:

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When you reach the end of a page, tape on another grid and keep going.

He got a bit carried away.

He got a bit carried away.

It is something like twenty feet long and goes to 4,581! A good project to teach kids to visualize how “big” numbers are and to practice counting.

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But of course, you could make a scroll with something other than numbers.

And why, pray tell, would you want to do that? Or make the snowflakes or the star? As I explained in the last post: It’s not that these little pursuits in paper are particularly practical. It’s bodybuilding for your brain. A motile meditation for your mood. A kinetic craft to coax your creative crops.

9 thoughts on “82. A Seven-Sided Star, Snowflakes and a Scroll

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  3. narf77

    Another star eh? This one might find it’s way onto the top of our Christmas tree. I am going to find some lovely paper to make it. Cheers for the share and the spy is scaring me now. Anyone who loves killing zombies with passion and who has the sheer determination to stick with something for so long is frankly, terrifying! Tell him I won’t post that image of him to facebook (I don’t want to join the hoardes of zombies that he has slain ;) )

  4. Eliza Waters

    Your snowflakes are so beautiful! Mine never looked so delicate, you must be quite practiced. And I am very impressed by the perfection of those stars! Were you an art teacher in your BC (before children) life?

    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Thanks! It’s mostly just the particular way of folding and cutting that makes them look like that! I did volunteer at an arts camp teaching painting to kids in the summers when I was 13-18. So, yes sort of an art teacher. Plus I’ve always drawn/painted and majored in Art History (and English) in college ;)


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