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18/05/2015

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18/05/2015

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that one the rainiest day last week we made our own sunshine, a new star for our windows in brilliant yellow and gold. It’s stuck up with little bits of washi tape next to the other stars and when the sun comes back out and shines through it it positively glows.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

We first made window stars at the start of the winter, probably for exactly the same reason that we added one to the collection last week and since then they’ve become a bit of an addiction for Kitty and me.  I bought a pack of little squares of kite paper in beautiful colours when we started and Kit loves to go through and pick out a rainbow of colours.  You need 8 squares of paper for each star which are folded into diamonds and then glued together into a circle at the fat end.  Kitty can do the folds for the basic stars and will have a go at the more complex ones, but her favourite job is gluing them all together, while Elma loves choosing the colours, but tends just to crumple the paper.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

So we work as a team; Kitty and Elma choose the colours, Kitty and I fold, and Kitty sticks.

When we started we made a nice basic star in a colour wheel, and as soon as it was up on the window I was searching for different patterns and variations and all sorts of twists on the original and frankly it’s a miracle that we can still see out of our windows.  The ones in our patio doors at the moment are checkerboard stars, one colour scheme chosen by me with some help from Elma, and the other all Kitty’s, and our little sunshine star.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

We’ve had others up there, as well as the original but as they’re only waxed paper they do occasionally tear or fall off the windows and get ‘rearranged’ by a passing sibling.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

I’m really tempted to try to make some tiny ones for the girls’ bedroom window and I know Kitty and Elma have plans for something giant and pink and purple. Little do they know that hidden upstairs I’ve got a whole new pack of kite paper with double the colours just waiting for a moment when I want to give them a little treat or lift our spirits on a difficult day.

The more I look for different variations the more I find and as we do like to see out of our windows occasionally and there is only so much time in the day I can dedicate to folding small squares of paper, I’ve started a new Pinterest board just for our stars and Kitty and I have happily sat and pinned away.

 Follow Cariemay’s board W is for Window Stars on Pinterest.

But be careful if you click, they’re so very pretty and very very addictive!