Octagon Star Frame

For those of you that wonder at my posts appearing at 12:01am, I am not up that late, or that early, but I love having it there when people get up, so I schedule it.

This fold is fun to do, and makes something a bit different.

To start, you will need 8 squares of paper.  (I used 1-7/8″ squares, but any size will do depending on how large you want your finished project.)  You will also need a piece of card stock.

Flip your square over so the back side is up.  Then fold diagonally in half, so the left point touches the right point and crease, then unfold.  Next, fold from top to bottom, so the top point touches the bottom and crease, then unfold.

You should now have a crease going horizontally point to point and vertically point to point.  Take one side of the top and fold the side down along the center crease.  Do the same to the other side and unfold.

Do the same thing with the bottom two sides and unfold.

Now, to do the next step, I put my index fingers on the side points and use my thumbs and third fingers to fold the tops and bottoms back along the center lines (where you just folded).  You have to pull your index finger up and out-of-the-way as you are doing this, but you want those center pieces sticking up.  You want to fold the bottom point up to meet the top point.  As you begin folding it up, those center pieces will start to move out toward the sides.  When the bottom point is laying on top of the top point, crease along the center again.  Depending on how “square” your squares were, you may need to re-crease the small side triangles so they lay flat.  (I find that even though I use the markings on my paper-cutter, sometimes my squares aren’t perfect.  It’s okay.  Most of the time you really can’t tell on the finished project.  Just have an extra square or two in case one is too far off.)

Putting this together is the most difficult part.  Because the pieces do not attach to each other, you need some card stock or paper to adhere them to.  I used a rectangle piece of card stock, then had to trim it down a bit at the end.  (Not easy with the pieces are already adhered.)  You can start with a rectangle with sides that are 1/2 the length of one of your squares (for a 2″ square, you will have each side of your octagon 1″).  Or, you could make it larger than your finished piece, or even adhere to a square.  Put a bit of adhesive on the back, bottom edge of your first piece, then adhere it to your card stock or paper.  I lined my piece parallel to the edge of my card.  The top, bottom and each side should be square to each other.  So, I laid down my angle piece, to figure out approximately where my side piece should be, then attached that side piece parallel to the side of the card.  Then adhered the angle piece and worked my way around.  Each corner touches.

At this point, you could trim out the center area and around the outside, if you don’t want any of that background piece showing.  This works well as a frame around a picture, or with a sentiment or image centered in it.

Trying to punch my corners after all my pieces were adhered, was not easy, but it was possible to do.  This is just a fun way to highlight something.  Try it and see what you think.  As you can tell, each piece folds up some, so it has depth to it, but can fold flat.  The white card base is A2 size (4-1/4 x 5-1/2), and I used 1-7/8″ squares, which wound up being too large for my card base.  I will either hand deliver this one or make my own envelope to fit it.

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Open 8 Point Star

This is a fun fold that can be used alone, or with an image or sentiment in the center.

To begin, you will need 8 squares of paper.  I used 1-7/8″ squares.

Start with the white or back side up.  Fold the square in half diagonally, then unfold.  You will take one side and fold the lower edge up along the center fold.  Do the same with the other lower edge.

Now you need to flip the piece over to the other side.  Keep the part that does not have two layers of paper at the top.  Fold the bottom point (where all your folds are) up to the top point and crease well.

Use a bone folder (your finger will work, but is a bit large) to slide under one of the edges of paper and pull that edge down, so the section fold up along one side.  Then do the same with the other side.  (It sounds more difficult than it is.)

You now have two options.  You can either fold the top point, just the top layer, straight down, or over to the left side (you could go to the right if you want) along the side point.  Do this with all eight squares.  All should be folded straight down, or all should be folded to the side.

If you folded straight down, you will put one side point on top of the side point of the next piece and put the edges of the center top section together.  Put a bit of adhesive on top of the bottom side point to hold the pieces together.

If you folded to the side, put the adhesive in the same place, but line the bottom pieces up.  With this one, when you have the final piece in place, you will have a small octagon opening in the center on the top.  You can place a small sentiment or image in the center.  You can also use the back of the star, if you want.

Open 8 Point Star Instructions

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Shining Star

It’s always nice to create something cute.  Here is a cute star that is simple enough to make.  All you need are 8 squares of paper (1-7/8″ is normal sized, but it works larger and smaller, too), a bit of adhesive and a bone folder helps, but isn’t required.

Start with one of your squares right side up and fold in half horizontally.  Have it so the fold is on the right and the open edges on the left (you can switch it later, but my instructions are going this way).





Fold the top left corner back so the top edge lays along the fold.  Then fold that little flap in half, so its edge is along it’s fold.

(My picture on the right is flipped upside down, but the point closest to the open edges is the point and the bottom edge folds up along the fold line.)


Next you want to unfold that and flip it the other direction, so it folds under.

Now, flip your piece from left to right, so the open edges are on the right and the fold on the left with your folded corner still at the top of the piece, but on the table.

Do the same fold you just did on the other side with the top left corner on the bottom right corner.






Now you do the same thing with your other 7 pieces.



To attach the pieces together, you will have them all so the open edges are on the left with the folded corner at the top (flip them back over).

You will slide the unfolded layer up under the folded layer of the piece on the left and continue around.  The trickiest part of this is making sure the bottom corners (on the back) are sliding together, too.





Put a bit of adhesive under the unfolded section you are sliding under the fold to hold it together.

The star on the left is with the 1-7/8″ squares and the one on the right used 1″ squares.

Shining Star Instructions

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Double Star Teabag Fold

The Double Star Teabag Fold or Kaleidoscope Origami is quick and easy to make, but really pretty.  I know I’ve posted this one before, but thought you might enjoy it again in a pretty pink.

You will need 8 squares of paper for this.  I used 1-7/8″ squares, though you could use any size depending upon how large you want your finished piece to be.  My finished piece is 2-5/8″ diagonally across.

Begin with the white, or wrong side of one of your squares up.  You want to fold the piece in half diagonally, then unfold it.  Now, with your square aligned like a diamond and the diagonal fold running up and down the center, fold the lower right edge up along that center fold.  Do the same with the lower left edge.

Now, the point at the top that is a single layer, fold down along the top of the folded pieces and unfold.  After that is complete, fold those top two edges down along the center line.

Fold the top point down along the fold line that you made earlier.  Then flip your piece over from left to right and fold the bottom point up so it is even with the two side points.

Do the same with the other seven pieces.  To adhere them together, you will put a small drop of glue on the lower left point and then slide that into the left side of that small folded up point.





Do the same all the way around.  Remember to lift the very first one up to slide it into the last piece.

Here is the front of the finished Double Star:

And the back:

You can use either side and each gives you a very different look.  If you had any trouble following along with my instructions, please watch the video below.

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Star Flower Fold

Here is another teabag fold or kaleidoscope origami pattern for you.  This one is called a Star Flower.

You will need eight 1-7/8″ squares (as long as they are square any size is probably fine) and a bone folder is helpful for this one, but not absolutely necessary.



You will want to start with the white or back side of the square up.  Fold in half diagonally, then unfold and fold in half the other diagonal direction and unfold.  You should now have the white side up with a cross going from corner to corner.






Fold each corner in to the center.  You will wind up with a square.





Fold in half backward along one diagonal (flaps will be on the outside).  You will have a triangle.  Now, fold that triangle in half.  The folded corner should be at the top and the open corner at the bottom.






You will want to pull open the top section.  As you open it, the bottom corner will start to go up to meet the top point.  Now, fold that flat.  You then want to fold the top corner of just the top layer down to the bottom point.  Unfold that.  The crease you just made will help with the next step.




The next step is to fold that top section you just folded down into a rectangle.  To do that, you will pull open the front part of it.  The bone folder helps with this, then pull open the other side while keeping the first side open.  This isn’t easy, but it is possible.  Fold this flat along the center crease you made before.  It should now look like the second image down on the right side of this picture.  Take your piece and flip it over from right to left.  The angled side should be from top center down to left point.  Take the right bottom point and fold it up along the center line.  Now fold the bottom left point up to the top center point along the center line.  It sounds confusing, but you can get it.  If you are really confused, watch the video below.


The point that you just folded up, you need to fold in half towards the inside.  I fold it to the bottom point on the outside, then fold it in.  Your first piece is now complete.  Do the same with the other seven pieces.

To attach the pieces, you will put a bit of adhesive on the top of the small section that is left at the bottom left and tuck that behind the piece you just folded.  Do that all the way around and attach the first piece under the fold on the last piece.  You now have a beautiful piece to use however you want.  Here is the finished Star Flower again.


If the words were confusing, try watching the video to see what I did.

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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!

Closed 8 Point Star Fold

Here is a new teabag fold for you.  This one is the Closed 8 Point Star.

To start, you will need 4 squares.  For this one I used 2″ squares.  Now, cut each square in half diagonally, so you will wind up with 8 triangles.

You want to lay each triangle with the long side straight across the top.  Then, fold it in half from left to right, so the long side has a fold in the center.  Then, open it back up.  Make sure the right side is up.

Take one side and fold the side point down to the center point.  Repeat on the other side.

Now, the open point with the two folded over points should be at the bottom with the fold at the top.  Take one of those points and fold it to the side, lining up the edges.  Repeat on the opposite side.

Then, flip the piece over so the back side is up.

The single point should be at the bottom with the fold at the top.  (See the top right image.)  Now, fold the edge on the right up along the center fold line.  Then, do the same on the left side.  Flip your piece over and turn it so the folded edges are at the bottom with the long point at the top.

Do the same for all 8 pieces.  To adhere the pieces, put a bit of adhesive on the right side, towards the bottom.  Line the left folded edge along the center line.  Attach each piece in the same manner.  Before attaching the last piece, put a bit of adhesive in the same place on it, so the first piece will adhere to the top of it.

Here is your final piece:  The back is pretty impressive, too: The fun part about this star is that instead of adhering the pieces in this manner, you can flip the pieces and put the long points together in the center.  As you don’t have anything to adhere them to on the next piece, you will have to have a small circle or something to adhere the points to.  It makes for another interesting looking fold.

Try it and see what you think!

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Teabag Fold: Four Directions Star

It has been quite a while since I’ve shared a new teabag fold with you, so here is a new one, the Four Directions Star.

You only need 4 squares of paper for this one.  As long as they are square, any size will do, though for mine I used 1-7/8″ squares.

Take your first square and flip it over to the white side.

Then you want to fold it in half and unfold it.

Now take the bottom half and fold it to that center fold line.

Repeat with the top half.  Unfold both.

Take the top left corner and fold it down along the top fold line.

Fold the bottom right corner up to the bottom fold line.

Now, fold the top section down along the previously made fold line.

Take the top right corner (folded over now) and fold it down to the bottom fold line.

Fold the bottom edge up along the bottom fold line.

Fold the bottom left corner (folded over) and fold it up so the side edge is even with the top and the bottom edge is straight up and down along the center.

One piece done!  Fold the other 3 the same way.

Take the right point on each piece and that will be what you are lining up.  The first piece, keep laying horizontal and put some adhesive along the center, but slightly to the left.  Put the point of the next piece at the top along the center (to the left side of the center).  Put the third piece in the same position, but along the second piece.  The fourth piece will go in the same position on the third piece (it will be going down towards you, now).  Put the fourth piece on top of the third piece, but under the first piece.  It sounds confusing, but is quite simple if you watch the video below.

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Teabag Folded Pinwheel

It is the first, so I thought I would share another Teabag fold with you.  This one is a Pinwheel and I love the look of it.

You want to start with 8 squares of paper.  For this one, I used 1-1/4″ squares.  Start with the white side up and fold in half diagonally, then unfold and fold in half diagonally the other way.

Now, with the folded, long side down, fold both sides down along that center crease you made.

Fold the bottom point on the right side straight up.

Now flip your piece over.  Fold the outside slanted edge of the bottom piece up along the bottom of your piece, then unfold it.

After unfolding the small bottom piece, you want to open it up a bit and smash it down with the center crease right along the bottom edge.

Do the same for each of your squares.  They should look like the above picture.

To put your Pinwheel together, you want to put a little adhesive along the piece just above and to the right of the small diamond you formed last.  Lay the small diamond of the next piece right up against it and work your way around until all 8 pieces are adhered together.  You may need to wiggle them around a bit to get them to lay together the way you want.

This is quite simple to make and a really cute embellishment to add to a card, scrapbook page, or just for fun.

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Fold a Spiraling Star

If you are participating in the CardSwap Summer’s End Card Crop, you need these instructions to participate in the Saturday, August 13, 2011, challenge by me.  Here is how to make a Spiraling Star using teabag folding.

You will need five 1-7/8″ or 1-1/4″ squares of paper.  Start with the back side up and fold in half horizontally and unfold, then fold in half vertically and unfold.  Now, fold in half diagonally and unfold, then fold along the other diagonal and unfold.









Turn your square over so the patterned side is up.  You will gently push in on each vertical side and fold together so you have a triangle shaped piece.

Each side point will have two layers.  You want to take the top layer on the right side and bring it to the center.  Then you need to insert something inside that upward piece to separate the sides (I used the point of a mechanical pencil) and squash it down so the fold goes straight down the center.















Now you will take the point that still remains on the right and fold it down along the edge of the fold you just made.

Do the same with the top layer on the left side.

Do the same with the rest of your squares.  To attach them, you will put some adhesive along the left piece that was not folded and line up the right side of another piece with the folded piece on the left side.  If you use liquid adhesive, use very little as it will squish out all over.  You may want to do this on top of a craft sheet or scrap piece of paper.












Adhere all of your pieces together in this way to wind up with your spiraling star.

Pretty simple.  Now, make yourself one or more and make a card using it/them.

The picture on the left was made using the 1-1/4″ squares.  The picture on the right was made using 1-7/8″ squares.












Thanks for spending a bit of time with me today.  Have fun making spiraling stars and show me what you did with them at the Summer’s End Card Crop.