Paper 8 Pointed Stars

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Paper 8 Pointed Stars

The 8 pointed star is one of the most prominent symbols in Islamic art and architecture. Emma Clark, in her book, The Art of the Islamic Garden, explains that the 8 pointed star represents God’s Throne. This is because a verse in the Quran states that on the Day of Judgement, 8 angels will flank God’s Throne hence the 8 points of the star. On the Throne, God has inscribed “My Mercy Supercedes My Wrath” which creates a sense of hope in God’s mercy and a hope for salvation. In Ramadan, when this sentiment of hope is particularly high, the 8 pointed star, a symbol of hope, makes perfect sense. When hosting a party this Ramadan and Eid season, create a colourful backdrop with these easy 8 pointed paper stars.

Materials

  • Construction or drawing paper in bright colours such as yellow, blue, pink, green and orange
  • Compass or circular objects to trace with (ex. bowl)
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Masking tape

Steps

  1. Use a compass to draw circles on construction paper, or trace round objects onto paper. Cut out circles of varying diameters. Used here are approximately 10″, 6″ and 4 1/32″ circles.
  2. Fold each circle 4 times: first into half, then quarters, then eighths and finally into sixteenths. Press bone folder flat on the paper to make sharp crease after every fold.
  3. Open the last fold. Using the crease in the middle as a guideline, cut from the sides up to the middle guideline to create a triangular point.
  4. Fully unfold the paper. Fix the creases so that 8 points pop up. Use the tip of the bone folder on the inside of the star to fix any wrinkles that form in the center of the star.
  5. Cut a 1/2″ wide tab of construction paper in the same length and colour as your star. Make each end on the tab into a triangular point.
  6. Secure each point to the interior of the star with a glue gun.
  7. Attach masking tape to the tab and arrange stars on wall.

Watch a video tutorial of the folding technique on our Facebook page or Instagram.

 
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June 14, 2015

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