Lucky Wishing Stars Tutorial
You’ve probably seen these little puffy origami stars before. They are really quick to make, and you don’t need any special materials to make them. You can buy lucky star pre-cut strips from origami stores, but you can just as easily make your own from medium weight coloured paper, e.g. scrapbooking paper, or even strips cut from magazine pages – as the strips are so narrow, the original text or image won’t be obvious in the finished star.
Anti-clockwise from top left: pre-cut strips, paper cutter, scrapbook paper, magazine page.
Now on to the tutorial!
To give you an idea of size, I’ve made stars in 3 different sizes to show you:
- blue stars (from pre-cut strips): 35cm x 1.25cm
- pink stars (from a magazine page): 30cm x 1cm
- green stars (scrapbook paper): 15cm x 0.6cm
The finished star will be approx 1.5 x the width of your strip, so pick an appropriate size for the size of star you’d like to end up with. If you are making your own paper strips, try using a paper cutter or a craft knife with a ruler and cutting mat, so you can easily make straight parallel cuts.
For the rest of this tutorial, I will be using a paper strip cut from a magazine page. For reference, the front is pink and the back is peachy orange with text).
Step 1: Make a loop at one end of your strip, and pass the short end through the loop as if you are forming a basic knot:
Step 2: Pull both ends of the paper slowly to close up the knot. As it pulls tight, it will magically form a pentagon (5-sided) shape!
Step 3: Fold the short end up out of the way (right side facing out). If it is too long like mine, and sticks out beyond the edge of the pentagon, trim the end down. Turn the shape over so the side with the short end is facing you, then tuck the short end under the flap that runs across the pentagon:
Step 4: Now you can begin to wrap the rest of the strip around the pentagon. Fold the strip up over one side of the pentagon, making the fold line along the side of the pentagon. Do not crease the fold tightly. Continue to fold the strip over and over each side:
When you get to the end of the strip, trim off the end if it sticks out beyond the edge of the pentagon, then tuck the end inside the flap that runs across the pentagon:
Hold the pentagon between thumb and forefinger of one hand, then use a fingernail on your other hand to push in the middle of one of the other sides:
Rotate the pentagon and repeat until all 5 sides are pushed in, et voila! A puffy paper star!
Once you’ve made some stars, why not show them off in the Folding Trees flickr group? We’d love to see them!