I found a link to a video tutorial recently with really clear instructions on how to make German stars, also known as Froebel Stern. After a couple of false starts (me getting my right and left mixed up, not the tutorial!), it finally clicked and now I can't stop making them, they're so addictive. Perfect for a garland or ornaments on the tree and a great way to use up newspaper and old magazines.
I ended up making a wreath for the inside of my front door using eight stars made from newspaper. Each star is made up of 4 strips of paper measuring about 2cm x 65cm (50cm for the two dimensional version). To make the wreath I simply joined them togther by inserting two points of one star into the gap between the two points of another star, securing with a dab of a white glue.
With a bit of practice, each star takes about 15 minutes to make - so this is about two hours worth of folding in front of the tv watching Dexter (to which I am also addicted). Nothing like a bit of calm paper folding whilst watching a serial killer go about his business.