Nordic New Year

2019 is here! I am looking forward to this fresh new year after the roller coaster ride that was 2018. I feel like personally and in business 2018 was a growing year which comes with its peaks and valleys.

Cleaning out and simplifying my home has been therapeutic while also calming. I’ve been very inspired by the monochromatic palette and simple lines of Nordic spaces.

Scandinavian design shares common design choices to farmhouse style like the love of white walls and natural wood. So it is easy to mix in Nordic influences with my current farmhouse pieces.

We have a busy January and February filled with birthdays so I wanted to decorate my mantle in a way that would last through Valentine’s Day.

I chose pieces in my home that lent towards Nordic winter coziness: faux evergreen branches from my Christmas decor, a modern geometric vase that had been storing tea in the kitchen, the wood bead garland I made last Christmas, a string of Target dollar spot wood stars, IKEA candles and a DIY paper star.

The paper star was a super fun and surprisingly not too difficult DIY. I took photos of the steps as I followed this great tutorial video {here} by Francois et Moi.

DIY Nordic Paper Star

Materials Needed:

8 pieces of square cardstock (I used this black 12×12 cardstock from Hobby Lobby) or click here for similar item on amazon.

Something to help you crease the paper fold either strong fingers, a ruler, pen etc.

Step 1: Fold in half to create a large triangle

Step 2: Open back to square and fold top corners to match up to the fold lines to create sort of a kite shape.

Step 3: Fold the bottom corners to the fold line which will create a diamond shape.

Step 4:

Step 5: Fold the long end so that it’s edge is parallel to the folds you made in step 4 (this makes much more sense in her video {here} I am someone who has to see it so please if you’re feeling confused go watch the video. You will do this in both directions so that you create fold lines for the next step.

Step 6: After you’ve made the fold lines from step 5 you should see an X in the middle of your diamond shape. Now you will fold the short end on top of itself while folding the long point backwards to create a two pointed shape (long point and short point)

Step 7: Repeat steps 1-6 eight times for each point of the star. Then you will slide the shorter point inside the large point of another to create the star. Continue fitting all of the pieces together to form the 8 pointed star. Once all of the pieces fit together you can keep turning and pushing them tighter together until you have one secure piece.

And Voila!

If you make your own star please leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram @thedottedbow I’d love to see how yours turn out.

For more Nordic and Scandinavian design inspiration check out these Pinterest boards:

Happy New Year!

XOXO

Jen

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