Lova Blåvarg is one of my favorite people! At 18 years old Swedish-born Lova has an undeniable talent that you're just going to fall in love with! We showcase Lova's beautiful craft and art projects regularly in her feature, LOVA'S WORLD in both my magazine and online.
From Lova: "One Swedish Christmas tradition that I truly love is to have large paper star lanterns hanging in the windows. You can see these lanterns in nearly every window each December. At first there was only one kind, but now you can get them in lots of different patterns and colors. This year I decided to make my own and, using the template from Sweet Paul’s website, you can make one too!"
Download the star template here:
Swedish Star Template (918 KB)
ribbon or string
- Print out the star template from the Sweet Paul website. For a seven-point star you will need seven sheets of paper.
- Draw a pattern for your own holes on a paper. You can make it simple or more intricate depending on how much time and patience you have.
- Transfer your design to all the sheets using transfer paper.
- Cut out the holes using a hobby knife or scissors. Then cut out the templates.
- Fold the paper shapes in half along the line. Also fold the flaps. The flap along the edge should be folded in the same direction as the fold in the middle, while the flap at the bottom should be folded in the other direction.
- Glue 2 paper shapes into 1 point and then attach the points to each other. Leave an opening where the lamp will go.
- Attach a ribbon or string to each side that you can use to close the star. Remember to use a light bulb that doesn’t get hot, so you won’t risk setting the star on fire!
- Hang the star in your window the classic Swedish way.
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