by Nobuko Okabe
Edited by Patsy Wang-Iverson

Star Festival is a modular ring made from 16 units. Six inch squares –solid, duo, or patterned, and foil—produce a ring with a diameter of 6 inches. Units are folded from a water-bomb base. Two of the four triangular flaps of the water bomb base are used to join the units, and each of the other two flaps is used to create a pattern on each side of the ring while the joined part also contributes to the intricate pattern of the finished ring. Avoid heavy paper, as the center of the finished ring gets pretty thick. When using patterned paper, keep your paper oriented the same way for each unit. Paper with different patterns produces 16-pointed stars with unique appearances, as shown in some examples below. Rings with fewer than 16 units produce interesting cone-shaped variations. I hope you enjoy exploring and obtaining your own results!

Click here to download the diagrams for Variation 1.

Note: Diagrams for other variations are available for download from The Source. When making a ring with different patterns on each side, make sure the same variation is always on one side while joining units.


March 8, 2014 - 10:06am serena.lavine

It's not clear to me how you can get the color change shown in the example. Any hints?


March 8, 2014 - 10:31am serena.lavine

Oops -- sorry. I just realized that it's not a color change; it's the paper. Serena

October 29, 2014 - 9:55am samuel.levi

What specific paper was used for the picture of variation 3.