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A Waldorf Star Lantern (tutorial)

A couple of years ago I got a Waldorf Star Lantern from a friend. It looked so nice, I carefully unfolded the lantern to see how it was made.

Today we made new lanterns. Below I’ll show you how to fold it. Here is the end result.
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Making a Waldorf Star Lantern involves a lot of folding. And I mean a lot. So, if you are up for it, continue. I am curious how your lanterns look, so please share it with me.

Tutorial Star Lantern

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First we decorate a piece of paper. I use normal white printer paper. You can use the wet-on-wet water color painting technique. Or you can use soft pastels, which we did here.
After the paper is fully decorated, we oiled the paper. We used a cotton ball (or you can use a sponze) and olive oil. You can use other oils too, like sunflower oil. We oiled the side we crayoned on to fix the color as well. If you did wet-on-wet, you can oil the backside of your piece of paper. Instead of decorating your piece of paper, you can use scrap paper too.


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When the paper is dry, we cut the piece of paper in a square shape. We made a square by folding the piece of paper diagonal under a 45 degree corner, in half.
Now, you can start with the folding process. Make sure that all your folding lines are nice and sharp. That makes it easier to fold the lantern.


Folding the Paper

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Fold the piece of paper, again, under a 45 degree corner, in half.


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Open the piece of paper, turn it and fold the other corner under a 45 degree corner, in half.


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Open the piece of paper again turn it, so it lays straight in front of you and fold it again.


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Open the piece of paper again turn it, so it lays straight in front of you and fold it again.


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If you open up your piece of paper, it should look like this.


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This is a tricky part to describe. Fold the piece of paper like before, straight. The sharp line divides your paper in two squares. Each square has a diagonal line. You have to fold again to the diagonal line.


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It can look like this, depending on how you folded to the diagonal line. But you see points of paper sticking out.


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Cut these points.


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Now, your piece of paper looks like this. Right?


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With a corner pointing down, fold your piece of paper again. Did I mention there is a lot of folding involved?


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And fold it again. Now you have a square with a little corner cut off.


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Fold the cut corner. Repeat this for each side.


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If you unfold the piece of paper and fold what you did in the previous step, make sure your folds are nice and sharp, it should look like this.


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And when you unfold you piece of paper, it should look like this. We are almost there!


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Turn your piece of paper, with a straight side below. Fold your piece of paper again


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And again. Again you have a small square with a little corner cut off.


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Fold the cut corner. Repeat this for each side.


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If you unfold the piece of paper and fold what you did in the previous step, make sure your folds are nice and sharp, it should look like this.


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And again when you unfold you piece ov paper, it should look like this.


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You are almost done with the folding part of the piece of paper. Make all your folds nice and sharp.


Folding the Lantarn

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Make sure the outside of your lantern is facing down. Fold like in the picture. You see the corner sort of a triangle, right?


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Fold this triangle outside. This is a tricky part. Make sure you fold towards the outside, otherwise the little triangles are on the inside and you will get stuck. This triangle will be pointing downwards and the little fold of your lantern goes inside.


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Repeat the folding of the triangles. Maybe I should film this. Let me know if you need it filmed.


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And repeat. You’re almost done!


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Yes! You are done. You can add your tea light now.


A Waldorf Star Lantarn

A Waldorf Star Lantern http://theartofhomeeducation.com

If you like to use a Dutch tutorial, you can find Marloes Driezes’ tutorial here. She folds it a little different from how we do it, with the same result.

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