I’m about the least craft-enthusiastic, capable human being alive, but there are some really easy ones even within my comfort-zone. A long time ago, I picked up an origami star making kit on a whim with my dad, probably in the checkout line at Barnes & Noble. Fast forward about 10 years: while decorating the guest room, I was going through some boxes of stuff that haven’t been unpacked in the 8 years since I moved out of my mom’s house, and I found a little tea-light holder filled with these tiny, adorable stars. I also recovered the pack of paper-strips but not the instructions. It is a testament to their simplicity that I was able to remember how to make them after 10 years.
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The strips of paper that came with my kit are a little less than 1/2″ wide and 10 1/2″ long. I’m sure you can cut your own or buy them pre-cut somewhere. Are there origami craft stores? I don’t even know. I’m so out of my element here.
Take the strip of paper and fold one end under, like you’re making a loop. Bring the end back through the hole and pull it taught.
Fold the little piece back and flip the strip over. You should have something that looks like this.
Take the other end of the strip of paper over and fold it over the little pentagon repeatedly, making sure to cross to the diagonal side. If you fold it over the right side, bring it back down over the top left side, and then fold it under the bottom. Make sense? You’re aiming for the diagonal, don’t just keep wrapping it around the middle.
You should have one tiny little piece left when you’re done folding. Tuck it into the folded strip. You should be left with something that looks like this:
Grab the sides between your thumb and forefinger and pinch, “popping” the star into a 3D shape.
Et voila! Paper stars. According to some ancient origami legend or something, if you make 1000 of these, you will have good luck. If I make a 1000 of these someone call an intervention hotline on me, stat. Still, they are pretty adorable, no?
(Big thanks to Boyfriend for playing photographer!)