Versatile Star

The Versatile Star is a fun folded project as you can change it up.  This is the basic Versatile Star.

To start, you will need 8 squares of paper.  I used 1-7/8″ squares, but you can use any size squares depending upon how big you want your star to be.

Begin with the wrong side of one of your squares up.  Fold in half, then unfold both vertically and horizontally.  You will wind up with a cross folded through your paper.

Now, you need to turn your square and fold, then unfold diagonally in each direction.

You should now have fold lines in a cross through your square, then between each corner in a cross.  Next you need to take the top left corner and the bottom right corner and fold them to the center point.

Take the upper right corner (that was not folded) and fold each side down along the fold line that goes through the center of the point.  Next you want to fold the whole piece in half along that same diagonal fold line.

Your bottom point is the part that has no other folds.  Take that point and fold it over to the right.  It will be folded along one of your previous creases.  Then take the point you just folded to the right and line that point up with the top of its section, so the corner of the fold you just made.

That section should now look like a triangle.  Take the point you just folded over and fold it in half straight down to the bottom point.  Unfold it, then open that section up.  As it is opening, the top point will go towards the bottom point.  Now smash it down so those two points line up.  It should look like a little square.

Do the same thing with each of your other seven squares.  To attach the pieces, you will lift up the left edge of that little square you made at the end, put a drop of glue, then slide the right edge of the little square on the next piece under it.  You will be lining up the fold that goes diagonally through your little square with the edge of the next piece, so the center points are together.

 

 

 

There are a lot of folds to this one, but it turns out cute and you can change it up, too.  Here is the front of your finished star.

And, the back:

Now, if any of this confused you, here is a video that should help:

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Hearts and Flowers

As it is almost Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d give you a fun teabag fold called Hearts and Flowers today.

To start this one, you need four 1-7/8″ squares. 

You want to flip one of the squares over so the white side is up.  Fold the square in half horizontally, then unfold it.  You will take the top half and fold that in half to the first fold line.

Now you want to fold it in half vertically, then unfold it.

Place it so the folded over section is at the top and the square is face up, white side down.

 

Take the top right corner and fold it down along the center fold line.  Do the same with the left top corner.

Now, fold the top point down so it is half way between the corners that have been folded down and the bottom edge.  Then unfold and flip the folded part to the other side.

After that, you want to squash the top colored (front) sections so the fold line from the center is along the top edge of the folded back piece.

Do that for each side.

Fold the side sections in to the center fold.

Now, fold the top point (from the squash you did above) down along the fold.  Do this for both sides.

The next step is to fold the very top points over, so it isn’t pointed.  You don’t have to fold much towards you, just the point on each side.

Flip your piece over and you should see the heart on the other side.  The heart will be colored over white bottom section.

To adhere, you can put a bit of adhesive on the white section and slide the next heart piece along that one.  The last piece is the most difficult to get in, but it will slide in.  You may have to fold the bottom corners of the white section in a bit.

What you wind up with should look like this.  You can use this as it is, or as a flower head and draw in a stem and some leaves.  If you just want the heart, you can slide the white section behind something and have the heart over the top.

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Don’t forget the Winter Warm Up Crop is going on over at CardMaker Magazine’s CardSwap this weekend.  Go check it out and play along!  It is a lot of fun and is being sponsored by Elmers and Spellbinders, so there will be some fantastic prizes!