23 April 2014

Galaxy of origami stars

When my 5 yo goddaughter and I meet up, we love to hand each other our little handmade somethings. She would shower me with sweet girly drawings, scribblings, love notes, masks or a surprise “masterpiece”. Godma would usually make origami iconic symbols.

Not long ago I made her a galaxy of stars, one of her favourite shapes. I have complied a list of what I had made to share with you the wonders of star origami.

The names of the first 4 stars are given by me as they don’t seem to have formal titles, so I took the liberty to describe them according to what they represent to me, hence they are by no means official.

1. Sheriff star

I like that you get 2 stars from this miraculous modular construct by Trang Chung. This is how it is done:

1. Fold rectangle (or dollar bill) in half length and breadthwise.
2. Fold one end to the middle, unfold. On other end, fold in 2 triangles.
3. Then bring the peak to the 1/4 crease. Crease.
4. Flip over. Fold in 2 triangles towards the middle crease.
5. Fold in 2 more triangles.
6. Flip over and align the peak vertically.
7. Fold up the flap to underneath the triangle A.
8-9. Repeat the above step 2 more times.
10. Repeat above steps to make 4 more.
11. Slip B’s left arm into A’s pouch.
12. Flip to the front.
13. Direct A’s right arm into B’s pouch.
14. Repeat steps 11-13 to unite all 5 pieces.

2. Starfish

Taking a cue from Craft Ideas, I 3D-ize a cutout star like this:

1. Cut out a 5-point star, make 5 slits. Crease the folds well.
2. Turn over and fold in the triangles at each point.
3. Glue one triangle on top of the other.
4. The creases made in step 1 helps to define the shape.


  • Will need a slim tool (e.g. needle, toothpick) to prop up the triangles while gluing.
  • Stack a few on top of each other and you’ll get a pine tree!

3. Rosette star

I like this star by Tomoko Fuse on Extreme Cards. Attractive and yet simple. The smaller pale blue is the backview.


  • A 5 point pentagon-shaped paper is required to make this. There is a quick way to trim a piece of square into a pentagon, just follow these steps.
  • If using 2-coloured paper (say white and red), start with the white side up.

4. Faceted snowflake star

This 5-point modular model is easy to make albeit it took me many tries to get the polished look just about right. The steps can be found at Origami Spirit. 5cm squares were used to make these.


  • The accentuating dents have to be well creased in the preparation stage so that they will be easier to maneuver during touch up.
  • High risk of ending up with a worn-out wrinkled star.
  • What a surprise to have its core hold a toothpick!

5. 5-point and 6-point stars

Creasing the 5 and 6 folds on a 5-point and 6-point star respectively will give posture to each star. In its flat state, I made various sizes and glue-dot them one on top of another.

These stars are easily cutout following these steps: 5-point and 6-point.

[p.s. Kindly refrain from sharing the entire tutorial on your blog/website, please direct your readers over here to view the steps. Thank you.]

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Good Friday thoughts 18.04.14

Need a Revealer of Love

Whatever makes us forget ourselves and think of others lifts us upward. This is one reason that God permits suffering. We would never know the best and richest of human love if there were no pain, no distress, no appeal of grief or of need.

The best and holiest of mother-love would never be brought out if the child never suffered. The same is true of God’s love. God would have loved his children unfallen just as much as he loves them fallen, but the world would never have known so much of God’s love had not man fallen. Our sore need called out all that was richest, holiest, and divinest in our Father’s heart.

If no night came we should never know there are stars. Darkness is a revealer.

[Source: "In Green Pastures" (March 29) by J.R. Miller]

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Topper etc

Left to right, top to bottom:
Pierre Belvedere Home peonies picks
Striped pennant flags toppers
Birthday Girl pick candles
Silver and gold star tinsel picks

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Duct tape etc 2

Shurtech glow-in-the-dark numbers and stars/moons sheets
Intertape Ductsheetz
Duck Tape sheets, assorted colours

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Kids supplements etc

Last year during Christmas, my gifts to the toddlers in my family were neither toys nor clothes but for a change, supplements instead…those chewable nutrients disguised as candies. Based on their mother’s ardent feedback (“You should see his eyes light up when he saw…”), they were well-received in both appearance and taste. Hooray!

I bought the gummies from a local brand called Nature’s Nutrition which according to the label are made in Canada. I also gave the kids Happy Yogis after reading the yummy reviews at Amazon, and true enough our kids here love them too!

Left to right, top to bottom:
Culturelle Probiotics for Kids, berry flavor
Yummi Bears Organics Multi-Vitamin
Nature’s Way Alive multi-vitamin gummies
Smartypants Gummy Vitamins with Omega 3 fish oil and Vitamin D
Just Once – Kids’ One Multistars

While I shall include gummies (and Happy Yogis) in my gifting protocol to future toddlers, I think gummies for adults could be a refreshing alternative to chocolates or sweets for the grown-ups too.

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Starry wraps and a magazine feature

In early October, I was approached by Anneleen from Actief Wonen, a home and decor magazine who wanted to share my star galaxy in their December/January issue. I was more than happy to provide her my image and not too long she sent me the images of the publication. Bloomize has just made a mini debut in Belgium. Yay…I’m over the stars!

A few of the stars in that galaxy are pretty hardy when it comes to accentuating your wrapped gifts because they offer a kind of starry dimension overall. I would just like to show you some star-studded ideas, specifically with the “sheriff” star (not an official name but one which I coined for my reference).


Using last year’s leftover wrapper from Kinokuniya, I wrapped up a book and felt it could still handle some starlighting.

Strips of gold and red paper were added to represent just that. In fact the red strip is placed there to hide a crease mark along the pleat (not too visible in the photo but it’s really there).

Starry snowflakes

With snowflake cut-outs — made from a template found the Design Spectacle Blog — I went ahead to lay them near and over the edges, then held them down with a glue stick.

The finale was to add a star in stark contrast with it’s snowy surrounding.

Golden light

To give my humble brown package a star treatment, I awarded it a gold star and a simple banner.

To make the rippling banner, just get a small strip of paper, curl both ends in opposite direction, i.e. curl the right upwards, and downwards for the left end.

Star light, star bright

Are you seeing stars already? Here’s another — use ribbons to make them look like starlight rays!

Here’s how to tie up the rays:

  1. Measure sufficient ribbon to go around your box four and a half times. At the mid-point of the ribbon, make a loop and align it behind the box.
  2. Lead both ends up through the loop.
  3. Tighten and spread out the ribbon as shown.
  4. Bring down the left strip to go round the box from the front to behind.
  5. Bring down the right strip to go round the box from behind to the front.
  6. Tie the ends to secure. Trim off any excess.

Join me tomorrow for another unique wrapping idea!

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Brads etc

Left to right, top to bottm:
Number brads
Framed antique-syled brads
Gold stars
Ric rac
Hammers and spanners

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Christmas decorating ideas

It’s the most decorative time of the year for sure and with the enormous amounts of creativity circulating around the web, I’ve gather some of the ideas which I like, primarily because they are simple and yet so pronounced.

Left to right, top to bottom:
Post-It tree from House to Home
Clothes pin Christmas tree from Kelly Moore
Wreath made from a bottle cap ring from Family Fun
Chalkboard ornaments from TwentyTwo Turtledoves
Paper ornaments from House to Home (These doilies and stars should also qualify.)

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Star etc

Left to right, top to bottom:
Gold star wicker basket
Tommy Hilfiger blue stars bedding set
Star Country rustic metal pitcher
Lock spring and star washer assortment
Starlight iron candleholder lantern
Star paper lantern
Tovolo star ice pop molds
Cath Kidston mug

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Candle lantern etc

Left to right, top to bottom:
Rectangular lantern with filigree border
Biedermann & Sons candle holder
HomArt Nile reed/bamboo lantern
Rustic finial
Accents de Ville glass star
Tag Wooden Caila lantern
Antique copper finish lantern
Terrarium lantern
Devonshire luminary lantern
3 silver stars

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Ice tray etc

Left to right, top to bottom:
Tupperware Fresh & Pure (I have this and love it!)
Lekue hearts
Fusionbrands Ice Orb
Stainless steel
Fred Cool Jewels (isn’t this the coolest of all?!)
Fred Cool Shot glass
Lekue stars
XOXO (Is there one for “Hugs”?)

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