Crafts for Kids 4th of July Window Star

Published on July 1st, 2014 | by Julie Finn

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4th of July Window Star

My kids and I love making window stars to decorate the windows and glass doors in our home. Light shines beautifully through the waxed kite paper, and the window stars have an added benefit of hopefully keeping birds from bopping their heads against all those expanses of clear glass.

Frontier Dreams uses the same kite paper and origami folding techniques of traditional Waldorf window stars to make these themed 4th of July ones. See her post for the complete tutorial.

On a roll, and want to make some more window stars? Check these out!

1. traditional Waldorf window starYou can use tissue paper if you must, or even origami paper, but nothing is as beautifully translucent as real kite paper.

2. window star variations: If you’re a visual learner, you won’t need the (absent) English instructions to help you make these many variations on the Waldorf window star.

3. tiny window starCut the kite paper into quarters before you begin, and make your window star even more adorable.

4. checkered window starIt’s like the traditional Waldorf window star, only fancier!

5. lotus flower, butterfly, and dragon flyEach of these is a take-off of the checkered window star.

6. heartI’d have these on my window all year, not just on Valentine’s Day.

If you’ve got kids who are interested in crafts like these, do some more research into Waldorf education. It’s a little fairy- and gnome-centric for my tastes, but you’ve got to love a children’s curriculum that encourages regular handwork with natural materials, and if you want a kid who can draw like a champ and for whom knitting is as simple as breathing, then Waldorf is where it’s at!

Otherwise, feel totally free to do what I do, and just crib the craft supplies. Modeling beeswax, beeswax crayons, and wet-on-wet watercolor painting are all traditional Waldorf crafts and supplies that anyone can enjoy.

[Waldorf window star image via Frontier Dreams]

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



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