Kite Paper

25 Days of Paper 2016, Day 3

Here’s a bit about January’s project in the Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. Kite paper is basically colored wax paper, and it folds really well. Its translucency makes it perfect for making window stars, which I learned how to make when my children went to a Waldorf-inspired elementary school. The patterns are endless, and if you enjoy puzzles, kaleidoscopes or tangrams, you will enjoy making (and looking at) window stars.
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The most common way to purchase kite paper is in books of 100 sheets of assorted colors, measuring approximately 6″ x 6″.You can find these booklets readily available on-line, and there are even large sheets of kite paper if you dream up a bigger project. I purchased packets of 500 sheets of this paper from Wet Paint in St. Paul, Minnesota. Those of you who purchased the custom paper pack received several sheets in an assortment of colors. I usually cut the sheets into quarters or even eighths to create multiple rectangles that get folded and assembled.

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Here’s a spring background featuring the multi-colored window star from the calendar.

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And a two-colored start shot today, when the leaves are gone and snow lies on the ground.

There are several alternatives to Kite Paper: regular waxed paper in white or brown, patty paper (those white waxed squares used to separate hamburgers) or even tissue paper. And there are entire books dedicated to various patterns and folds. Check out Magical Window Stars by Frederique Gueret.

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About the 25 Days of Paper 2016: It’s a great time to celebrate paper, and I’m delighted to share my ideas for using this amazing material with you. Receive updates via e-mail by adding your address in the upper right hand corner of this page. Enjoy the season, and feel free to leave a comment below and check out what people are making in the 25 Days of Paper FB Group!

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