Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars

75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl

  • Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt
Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars

Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 144
4/C throughout; 250 illus.
ISBN10: 1-56836-522-5
ISBN13: 978-1-56836-522-0
Release date: Sept. 30, 2013

List price: $25.95

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This gorgeous volume offers readers everything they need to know to capture, in paper, the perfect geometry and delicate beauty of snowflakes, sunbursts, and stars.  Ayako Brodek (Origami and Kirigami) and Shannon Voigt (Quilling), two of today’s leading papercrafters, provide all the techniques for creating seventy-five exquisite shapes that can then be used to fashion a multitude of decorative and practical pieces.

The book opens with an overview of the three different styles and goes on to explain, in detail, the core techniques of each.  Step-by-step photos complement the instructional text, covering paper selection, fundamental skills, and tools.  The next section is organized by style (Origami, Kirigami, Quilling), with designs for the three motifs, as well as twenty-five projects for each style.

The last section is an Inspiration Gallery, with beautiful, full-color photographs showcasing the finished works and providing a list of supplies and detailed instructions.  Here the reader will learn how to use strings or ribbons to turn their crafted shapes into gift tags and toppers, napkin rings, and garlands; how to paste their snowflakes, sunbursts, and stars onto greeting cards, canvas bags, glass, etc.  Also in this section are instructions for making stencils and wearable art such as earrings, pins, and other accessories.


"I absolutely adore this book! If you're looking for elegant and sophisticated paper crafting ideas, Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl by Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt is chock full of creative inspiration. This beautifully designed book will show you how to fold snowflakes for your Christmas tree, sunbursts for decorating handmade note cards, and stars to use as unique gift toppers. . . . there's something to excite almost every paper crafting enthusiast. . . . a great way to expand your creative horizons." Dana Hinders,

"Beautiful. . . . if you're a beginner or someone with experience you'll find the perfect projects just for you. These pretty curled, folded and cut designs make wonderful ornaments, packaging embellishments, card accents, jewelry, home décor items and more!"

"It's such a treat to see what can be done with paper when it is cut, curled, or folded - AKA kirigami, quilling, and origami! Sounds fancier with the more official names, but all three are easy no matter what you call them...and the projects are perfect year round, some of the snowflakes look like flowers (in red and orange instead of white!), the shape called Radiant would serve well as a Star of David." Paper Creations

Snowflakes, Sunbursts and Stars: 75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut and Curl is one of those books that just excites me down to the core of my paper crafting soul. . . . I absolutely recommend this book – it’s one of my favorite books of 2013!” Don’t Eat the Paste

“The neatly organized hardcover explores the celestial worlds of origami, kirigami and quilling. First choose your paper craft project from a dazzling array of photos. Gather some basic tools and materials. Learn some techniques. Follow clear step-by-step text and photographic instructions. Finally dress up your creations and use.” – Handmade by Deb


About the Author

Ayako Brodek’s love of origami began when she was a little girl growing up in Japan. After moving to the United States, her fascination with origami continued and she founded OriCraft ( to introduce her work to a wider audience. She has since embraced a variety of paper arts, and works to design paper creations that can be loved and used in everyday life, exploring ways to combine paper crafts with other craft techniques. She is the author of Origami Jewelry, published by Kodansha in 2007, and The New Encyclopedia of Origami and Papercraft Techniques (Running Press, 2011).

Ever since she was young, Shannon Voigt has had a passion for creating. Consequently, she taught herself a wide variety of skills including cake decorating, quilting, crocheting/knitting, cross-stitching, and quilling. In 2008, she took up quilling again, and began selling quilled snowflakes in her Etsy shop, ForeverFiligree. Her snowflakes have sold all around the world and were used in Jockey International’s 2011 Holiday Catalog and Sundance’s 2012 Holiday Catalog. This is her first book. Visit her Etsy shop at