Looking for the simplest Waldorf kite paper star pattern? You’ve found it!

Anyone can make a beautiful sun catcher for their window out of translucent paper. This pattern gives young children the delight of creating their own decoration, while practicing fine motor skills. Please note though – it may be a bit tricky for kids ages 6 and under since it involves precise folding. Still, this is the easiest and simplest Waldorf paper star pattern, so it’s a great place to begin making window stars with your children.

If you wanted the basic design that most Waldorf schools teach first, you might want to check out this kite paper star pattern. And if you are looking for more complex paper window star tutorials, I’ve got you covered there too!

How to make a simple Waldorf star

Begin with a square piece of translucent paper. You can use kite paper or special translucent origami paper, but I don’t recommend using tissue paper since it’s harder to fold without tearing, and also fades more quickly in the sunshine.

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Fold your paper in half diagonally, and crease well. This creates the center line you’ll use as a guide when folding the point of your Waldorf star.

Open your paper again and run your fingertip along the crease to smooth it out again, so your paper will lay flat. See your center guide line? Believe it or not, you’re almost done making your Waldorf star!

Fold each side of your paper so that the top edges align with the center crease you made. Crease well.

One point is done! See? It really is the simplest pattern for making a Waldorf star. Now make seven more points just like that one!

Then, glue the points together, each overlapping the previous one at the center crease. It’s easiest to watch the tutorial video to see how this is done. If you prefer to watch videos that have subtitles, you can see this tutorial with captioning on my YouTube channel.

the simplest waldorf paper star

Who will you make a Waldorf star for? Who will you make it with? I like making these with my children or by myself as a kind of meditative activity. My kids have plans to deliver these stars or kite paper window hearts to our neighbors so that everyone can have a bit of sunshine in their windows even during gloomy weather! Who would you like to share some cheer with?

Want to print directions for making your Waldorf star? Here’s a printable pattern so you can remember to make these window stars with your kids later on.

the simplest waldorf paper star

The Simplest Waldorf Star Pattern

Yield: 1 star

This folded paper star pattern is the simplest version of the Waldorf window star. Great for kids 7 and up to make. Try folding different colors of papers to make a whole sky full of star suncatchers!

Materials

  • 8 pieces of translucent origami paper or kite paper, square or 1:1 ratio
  • disappearing glue stick
  • removable mounting adhesive square

Instructions

    1. Fold your paper in half diagonally, and crease well.
    2. Open your paper again and run your fingertip along the crease to smooth it out again, so your paper will lay flat.
    3. Fold each side of your paper so that the top edges align with the center crease you made. Crease well.
    4. One point is done!
    5. Now make seven more points just like that one!
    6. Then, glue the points together, each overlapping the previous one at the center crease, to make your star suncatcher.
    7. Hang in your window with the removable adhesive square (so you don't damage your window glass).

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