Paper Strip Folding: How to Make Origami Lucky Stars

Updated on December 27, 2017
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Origami

Origami is a traditional art of folding paper, which started centuries ago in Japan, China, and some European countries. Flat pieces of paper are folded and constructed into interesting paper models without the use of a pair of scissors or glue. Many origami designs have evolved into modern art forms and deviated from the original usage of a piece of square paper. People are now using paper of different shapes and sizes for origami and other Japanese paper folding crafts.

Paper Strip Folding

The most popular paper strip origami is probably making lucky stars. Lucky star is also known as dream star, wishing star or origami star. It is easy and quick to make. Making these lucky stars can become addictive too. You can even make them while watching TV or while waiting for your friends.

Papers of different colours cut into strips are used to construct lucky stars of different sizes. These colourful little origami creations look stunning when placed in a glass bottle or bowl for display.

This is a great activity for both adults and children who like paper folding. They will be occupied with hours of fun making the lucky stars. The stars when threaded together like beads can be made into a necklace, garland, earrings or a curtain of lucky star beads.

Getting Started

Here are the steps on how to make stars out of paper strips. You will need some colourful origami paper, they are available in some craft stores or Japanese products stores. They are also available online from Amazon or eBay.

However, if you cannot wait to get started on this activity with the kids, you can make your own paper strips by using any A4 sized coloured paper, construction paper or wrapping paper. You can choose different themes for your lucky stars, like autumn colours or Christmas colours.

How to Make Lucky Stars

Cut the paper into strips. As a beginner, you can start with 1.3 centimetres in width and 30 centimetres in length. The narrower the strip of paper, the smaller the star will be.

Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Make a Lucky Star

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Cut out a strip of paper 1.3 cm wide and 30 cm long.Make a loop at one end of the strip.Tie into a loose knot.Tighten the knot and flatten it down.Tuck the excess short end under so that it looks like a small pentagon with a long tail.Wrap the long strip around the pentagon by aligning the edge and folding to the other side.Keep wrapping and folding until a short strip remains.Tuck the strip under a layer of the paper to finish off.Push one side of the pentagon towards the centre.Push all the sides in to form a lucky star.
Cut out a strip of paper 1.3 cm wide and 30 cm long.
Cut out a strip of paper 1.3 cm wide and 30 cm long.
Make a loop at one end of the strip.
Make a loop at one end of the strip.
Tie into a loose knot.
Tie into a loose knot.
Tighten the knot and flatten it down.
Tighten the knot and flatten it down.
Tuck the excess short end under so that it looks like a small pentagon with a long tail.
Tuck the excess short end under so that it looks like a small pentagon with a long tail.
Wrap the long strip around the pentagon by aligning the edge and folding to the other side.
Wrap the long strip around the pentagon by aligning the edge and folding to the other side.
Keep wrapping and folding until a short strip remains.
Keep wrapping and folding until a short strip remains.
Tuck the strip under a layer of the paper to finish off.
Tuck the strip under a layer of the paper to finish off.
Push one side of the pentagon towards the centre.
Push one side of the pentagon towards the centre.
Push all the sides in to form a lucky star.
Push all the sides in to form a lucky star.

Take one end of the paper and tie into a loose knot. Gently tighten the knot so that it looks like a flat pentagon.

Get hold of the other long end of the strip and wrap it around the pentagon tightly. Align the edge of the strip to the side of the pentagon and fold the strip to the other side.

Keep wrapping around until a short strip remains. Tuck the remaining part of the strip in between layers of the paper on the pentagon to secure the strip and finish off.

Hold the pentagon between your thumb and index finger. With your other hand, push in the sides of the pentagon towards the centre. You might have to use your fingernail to push in the sides if necessary.

When all the sides are pushed in, the pentagon should look like a three dimensional star.

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      • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

        lady rain 

        5 years ago from Australia

        snerfu, thank you for your lovely comment :)

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        Vivian Sudhir 

        5 years ago from Madurai, India

        That is so amazing! Thanks for the advice. Keep writing more. All the best.

        snerfu.

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        louromano, thanks! I'm glad you like my hub.

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        louromano 

        6 years ago

        Beautiful hub. Nice post.

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        natures47friend, lucky stars are easier to make than most origami models but they are fun and use less paper too. Thank you for visiting my hub and voting :)

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        natures47friend 

        6 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

        Cool idea. My daughter has origami books and paper, but I never realised you could use strips of paper. Up and useful!

      • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        cabmgmnt, thanks for stopping by. Now you and your daughter can learn to make your own lucky stars, too. Have a great day.

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        Corey 

        6 years ago from Northfield, MA

        Nice hub and easy to follow instructions. A friend made my daughter a jar full of wishing stars and she loved them!

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        Tina, I am glad you like this tutorial. I am sure you will have no problem making the lucky stars. Thank you for leaving comment. Cheers.

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        Christina Lornemark 

        6 years ago from Sweden

        Thank you for this tutorial in easy steps. It is so well explained. Awesome hub,

        Tina

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        Thanks randomcreative. Have a good weekend. Cheers.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        caramellatte, I am sure you will have no problem making the lucky stars this time. Good luck and thank you for leaving a comment.

        Taleb80, thank you for stopping by to read my hub. Cheers.

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        Taleb AlDris 

        6 years ago

        Very Nice.

        Thanks for sharing.

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        caramellatte 

        6 years ago

        I like this hub. I always wanted to know how to make these stars. Somebody tried to show me when I was little but I forgot.

      • lady rain profile imageAUTHOR

        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        sarovai, yes, the lucky stars are very easy to make. I am sure you will enjoy making them. Thank you for stopping by. Cheers :)

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        Thelma, thank you for reading my hub and leaving comment. I hope you have a lovely day, too. Cheers from lady rain.

        Ania, I took several pictures but they did not look very impressive so I decided to use the mirror to reflect more light to the other side :) Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment.

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        sarovai 

        6 years ago

        Wow ! easy to make origami lucky stars. Very well explained in a simple way. Thank u for sharing.

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        Ania L 

        6 years ago from United Kingdom

        Excellent picture, thank to the mirror, the stars can be seen from all sides and they are beautiful in all those colors :)

        When I was a child I used to make stars (different than yours) from computer paper tapes.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        6 years ago from Germany

        I love making Origami. Thanks for sharing and giving tips. Voted up. Have a nice day.

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        ytsenoh, I am glad you like origami and I am sure you will have lots of fun making lucky stars this weekend. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment.

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        Cathy 

        6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

        lady rain, absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much. We are origami fans, so this will be fun to try over the weekend! Thumbs up, indeed! Thank you.

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        melbel, it is a great idea to use the lucky stars as Christmas tree ornaments. You might want to make them a little bigger with leftover Christmas gift wrappers.

        Thank you for taking the time to leave comments. Cheers.

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        Melanie Palen 

        6 years ago from Midwest USA

        This would be a great way to make affordable Christmas tree ornaments! Awesome hub, rated up and useful, and liked on Facebook! I'm going to have to dig around for leftover craft paper and make a few of these.

        Your instructions are really easy to follow, so I bet I could get a halfway decent-looking one made. (I'm not so great at crafts, lol.) :P

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        rochelj, the kids will enjoy making the colourful stars which they can bring home after the party. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment.

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        rochelj 

        6 years ago from USA

        This is a great idea for a kids party or school project.

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        lady rain 

        6 years ago from Australia

        RTalloni, I am sure you will have lots of fun making the lucky stars. Thank you for commenting and voting. Cheers.

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        RTalloni 

        6 years ago from the short journey

        Love origami, and will enjoy this project very much! I'm seeing many uses--thanks! Voted up!

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