Vanessa’s Star

5 Apr
Close up of a quilled six-pointed star, showing the position and shine of the glittery green plastic gems
I love the effect of the shiny green gems

Generally speaking, I prefer crafts that produce small objects. This star I made for a neighbor is the rare exception, as it came out to just a bit under a foot across.

I made this back in December 2017, as a Christmas gift for a friendly acquaintance who also happens to be a neighbor. In theory, it acts like one of those wreaths people hang on their doors or windows during the holidays season.

Quilled six-pointed snowflake/star in two shades of green with white accents and a few glittery green plastic gems
Ready to wrap

I really like how it came out. When you look at the individual points, it resembles peacock feathers, doesn’t it? And, because each paper unit is framed by sturdier cardboard, the structure is much stronger than it would otherwise be.

To make the framework, I sliced empty toilet paper rolls into about 5/16 inch (8mm) slices, which I glued together first, then painted. The paper I used to make the smaller shapes that fill each of these slices is 1/4 in (6mm) quilling paper, which is of heavier weight than normal copy/printer paper, but not as rigid as cardstock. Then I glued the quilled shapes into each slice and, to finish it off, I added 5mm plastic gems to each juncture, and there it was, a full, and rather large, snowflake-shaped star.

I mentioned on twitter that there is always, for me, an element of fear when giving something I made as a present or token, because I rarely know in advance whether the intended recipient will truly like it, or just say they do because it’s the polite thing to do.

This is one of the cases where I don’t know whether she truly liked it or not, as I haven’t seen it on her front door or street facing windows, but for all I know, she hangs it somewhere inside–which would make sense, since it’s basically paper and hello, rain and humidity. Still, not knowing has made me leery of giving her anything else handmade since.

9 Responses to “Vanessa’s Star”

  1. Laura Vivanco 05/04/2021 at 9:31 AM #

    I see what you mean about feathers, but it looks like a mermaid’s Christmas decoration to me. Probably a combination of there being so much dark green/black and the way the white and black shapes make me think of mussels.

    • azteclady 05/04/2021 at 9:44 AM #

      Huh, I would’ve never thought of mussels.

      The pictures make it no justice, the greens aren’t (weren’t) that dark, and there’s no black at all.

      • Laura Vivanco 05/04/2021 at 12:26 PM #

        Maybe my monitor’s got different colour settings too?

      • azteclady 05/04/2021 at 12:36 PM #

        I’m sure the monitor has something to do with it, but really, the images do not make it justice. (I still have all the paint and paper I used, and they are a lot more vibrant than they come across to me).

  2. twooldfartstalkingromance 05/04/2021 at 12:17 PM #

    That is gorgeous. And she probably has hung it inside to enjoy it herself.

    • azteclady 05/04/2021 at 12:38 PM #

      Thank you, you are so kind!

      I do hope she did like it, and that she has enjoyed since I gave it to her, but I have long accepted that some people just don’t appreciate handmade gifts; they either think they are cheap or just in poor taste/badly done.

  3. willaful 09/04/2021 at 1:58 AM #

    It’s absolutely exquisite.

    • azteclady 09/04/2021 at 3:17 PM #

      Thank you!

      I am planning on making more, probably smaller versions (either just the first round of structure, or the first round of structure with something small-ish where they join) for this year’s holiday tokens.

      I wonder if it would be of interest to my bookish friends…


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