This post is part of the Crafting with kids series that contain fun, easy crafty ways to spend quality time with your children. My kids loved making this origami prayer star to top our Christmas tree.
It is starting to look a lot like Christmas here in sunny Australia, with decorations in the shops, festive flags on the streets and Christmas songs drifting on the wind. Yesterday, my kids and I unpacked our Christmas decorations and set up our Christmas tree. Now, our Christmas tree is eclectic. I know some people like their tree just so, in perfect symmetry. Me? I have only one rule. If the kids think it is for the tree and it can somehow hang on, it goes on! And ever since they could manage decorating the tree, I leave much of it to them. Well, it often transpires that I end up finishing the job because they lose interest and I can then go in and balance the tree out so it doesn’t topple due to poor weight distribution!
You and I know, the biggest thing about a Christmas tree is what sits on top of it. We have always had something handmade. The last few years, it was something the kids made at school. When we pulled out the decorations yesterday, last year’s paper doily angel was tattered. And because my older two were no longer making Christmas craft at school and my youngest isn’t at the stage where she can actually make anything yet, the tree had no suitable crown. The thought struck me then that we should make one as a family. A perfect opportunity to do some crafting together! So this is what we did: an origami prayer star.
I started off with selecting five patterned paper in a colour scheme and since our tree is such a mish mash I decided to go with traditional green, red and white. Tip: I buy packs of scrapbooking paper squares when they are on sale. This gives me a range of paper that is pattern or colour coordinated. I keep these on hand for crafting emergencies. Just like this one.
Next, I cut the paper into rectangles. There are not hard and fast rules for the size of the paper with this origami design so anything longish would do. My rectangles were approximately 10cm x 30cm. Each of these rectangles forms a ‘petal’ in the star. I cut five out as there are five of us in the family. This design allows for a six pointed star if you have 6 in the family.
On the blank side of the patterned paper, we each wrote a prayer for the person we drew out of a hat. It so happened that the kids and the adults got paired up. For the baby, we all wrote a prayer on her ‘petal’. In case you were wondering, crafting at my place often happens on the dining table alongside food, which explains the cauliflower popcorn in the foreground. Cauliflower popcorn recipe at the bottom of the post if you are interested.
Next, we folded our prayers up and connected the prayer ‘petals’ up to form the prayer star. Instructions for the origami star can be found here. Link also at the bottom of this post.
My son suggested that we make these prayer stars a family tradition. I couldn’t agree more. Having the kids pause and think of a prayer brought out compliments and heartfelt prayers for each other. It was a good opportunity to reflect on the year and to pray for the next.
For more prayer stars to come,
- This modular star was designed by Trang (Tracy) Chung who specialises in creating beautiful stars out of paper currency. Check out her Starigami.
- The clearest and simplest instructions to follow for this modular star is at Homemade Gifts Made Easy. Definitely put this website in your Pinterest or Pocket or bookmark it. You will want to return to it often. Stephanie Locsei, the craftie behind the website, has such a large library of fantastic presents to make.
Cauliflower popcorn recipe
You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 head of cauliflower
- ~ 1 Tbs of Oil
- ~ 25g of Butter
- Salt to taste
- Heat oven to 180C
- Cut cauliflower into florets.
- Drizzle with oil. We use rice bran oil at home but olive oil or any other would do.
- Sprinkle with salt according to taste.
- Mix the florets, oil and salt to ensure even coating.
- Lay out florets in a single layer on roasting pan or cookie sheet. I don’t line my pan but you could with baking paper if you are worried of sticking.
- I cut and leave small pinches of butter on top of the florets. You could melt butter drizzle with the oil in Step 3 if you wish.
- Bake uncovered for 15 minutes and then turn the heat up to 240C and bake for another 10 minutes for some caramelising action.
- Sprinkle with a little more salt when the florets are cooling down.
- Be warned, these are addictive. My kids can go through a large head of cauliflower in one sitting.
As all ovens are different, you should check on the cauliflower halfway through each baking session to ensure they don’t all disintegrate into black charcoal!