Okay, that is sure one of my longest post title.
Anyway, for this edition of Projects, I would like to bring forward to you a simple paper craft that kids may enjoy and at the same time teach them the properties and the fundamentals of Geometry in Islamic decorative arts. In this edition I would like to show you how to make the famous Eight-pointed star from a paper by just using a pair of scissors.
Now, I would like to clarify that I learned this from an education ebook that is aimed for teaching schoolchildren about Geometrical art in Islamic Design. I have lost the ebook and I do not know where to obtain it again. However, should I find it in some other time in the future, I will definitely post it here under the Internet Finds category (since I am pretty sure it was a free ebook)
I will show you step by step here, with both an illustration an a photo where appropriate to show how it should look like.
- First, draw up a circle on an adequately sized paper (a note sized paper is enough, however do be reminded that there are some folding required for this project) and cut it out. (I don’t put up a photo of the diagram here because of obvious reason, a circle is a circle.) You can use something circular if you don’t have a compass or protractor handy, such as a cylindrical container or a round box.
- Then fold the circle into half, and fold it again until it forms a quarter of a circle. You might want to have the edges lined up neatly. (the diagrams are horrific, but at least you will get some idea)
- Fold the quarter circle in half again. (in this diagram I am showing you how to fold it, and how it should look like)
- Fold the topmost part of the folded shape as indicated on the diagram, and unfold. This is to make a guiding crease alongside the top part. (in the accomapnying photo of the diagram, please note that the picture is taken from the “top” part of the folded circle – where there curve on top of the folded paper is folded downwards)
- Do another fold as indicated in the diagram, and unfold it again as well. This diagram doesn’t have an accompanying picture, however it should be clear where to fold the circle from the diagram given. The red line represents the crease created from the fold from the last step.
- Cut alongside the creases created from the folding in steps 4 and 5.
- Unfold and you will have yourself a perfectly angled eight pointed star shape!