Cute Origami Craft: How to Fold Lucky Stars
This is a easy, step by step tutorial on how to fold origami stars, otherwise known as lucky stars, dream stars or wishing stars. They are small in size and made from narrow strips of decorative papers. It is ideal to use origami paper but you can use any paper you want, as long as it isn't too thick. You can cut the strips yourself or you can purchase pre-cut strips on Ebay super cheap in a variety of colors and prints. They also come in two different sizes which are .7 cm wide and 1cm wide. The smaller the width the smaller the star. In this tutorial we are using the 1 cm wide strips.
These folded paper stars are said to bring good fortune. They are often put into jars and other types of containers and given as gifts. According to Asian tradition, there is a secret meaning behind the number of stars you give. For instance, if you give a jar of 1000 lucky stars to someone, it is said that one wish will be granted. You could write inspirational messages on the strip of paper before folding each one and the recipient of your container of stars can unfold one star each day (or maybe two!) and see a personal message from you. I think this would be a fun and heartfelt gift for someone special. You could even write journal prompts on the strips before folding and give a jar of lucky star journal prompts.
Below is the tutorial. It may seem like a lot of steps, but this little paper star is super easy to fold and once you get the hang of it, you will find it is hard to stop...so beware, it can be addicting!
What You Need:
- Strips of paper
Take a strip of paper and tie a knot close to one of the ends. Do it the same way you would with a piece of string or rope but be gentle. Gently pull the knot as tight as you can and then flatten it without gathering or bunching the paper.
It should now look like the photo to the right. Now, fold the small flap up and then over making sure the crease is even with the pentagon shape. It should now look like a pentagon with a strip of paper coming out of one side, like in the second photo.
In the step above, if you fold the smaller flap over and it's too long and overlaps the pentagon, just take the scissors and trim it a bit and fold it over. The flap is going to be concealed, so don't worry about what it looks like.
Next fold the long strip behind the pentagon, again making sure the crease is even with the pentagon shape. In doing that, it will be a diagonal fold and the strip of paper will be extending from the right side of the pentagon now (photo 2).
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Now fold up, again being sure to fold diagonally staying with the shape of the pentagon- the strip will now be extending from the bottom like in photo 2 to the right. From this point on, you will simply be wrapping the strip around and folding on the diagonal creases, reinforcing the pentagon shape. It usually takes about 9 to 11 folds.
Once you get to the last fold, take what is left of the strip and tuck it neatly under the the flap like in photo 9 to the right. If you have a little too much left on the flap to tuck it into the pouch, yet not enough to fold over again, just snip some off the end with the scissors and then tuck it in. After that you should have a perfectly folded pentagon. You are almost done!
Now is the fun part... forming the star. Simply find the center point of each side of the pentagon and gently push or "dent" it in using your fingernail. This will cause the paper to puff out and form the star. After you do all 5 sides, you should have a perfect puffy, cute little star. You may have to tweak it a little but even if it's a little wonky, that just adds to the charm. Once you get the hang of it, you will be folding perfect stars every time.
Think you may want to give this a try? This may seem like a kids or teens activity to some but I think it's great for any age. It is actually very relaxing, almost like a type of therapy or meditation. It is a great way to keep my hands busy. Lots of times I sit back and fold them while I'm watching TV and before I know it, I have a ton of them done.
I haven't decided what I will do with them yet. I'm thinking of maybe giving them as a fun gift or stringing them together to make a cute garland or something. After all, who do you know, that couldn't use a few lucky stars now and then :)
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