Origami Lucky Stars

Lucky stars are a wonderful gift to anyone, be them friends, family, or a significant other. Plus they are simple and cheap to make! All you need are paper strips, love, and a wish!


They look wonderful in a jar as well!


Remember, all you need are paper strips. On the left I have some lilac colored paper and on the right are lucky star strips. You can find them online or sometimes at a local craft store.

Folding the stars is easier to explain in person than through text and pictures but I’m hoping my pictures are easy enough to follow. Hopefully it’s not too wordy or lengthy…and here we go!


Take your strip and fold it as if you are trying a knot in it as close to one end as possible (top middle picture). Once pulled tight and flattened you will have a pentagonal shape with two tails. You can rip/cut off the shorter tail.

In the left middle picture I am pointing at the side you need to fold toward. You can see I already made a crease mark where it should fold at. Each time you want the fold to be flush to the edge keeping the pentagon shape. Keep in mind you will not always fold across to the same edge.

Keep folding until you have reached the end of the paper and tuck it under the nearest layer. It should still fold the same way. If you have some left over you may snip it shorter than the length of the pentagon so it doesn’t stick out.

*NOTE*: Try not to fold the star too flat as this may make it more difficult to get it to “puff out”.


Once you have finished folding, it is time to make the points. Squeeze the middles of two adjacent sides towards each other. Try not to make it completely flat. Keep going around until you have five points.


Does yours look similar to this? Wonderful! You have completed one star! Now go ahead and make many, many more. Well what do I do with them once I have A LOT? Fill a jar with them. Throw them up in the air like confetti. Use them as table decorations. The possibilties are endless!

In regards to the wish- you may write down a little something for whomever you are giving these little paper creations to. It can be a wish for good luck or good fortune or just a happy little message. I wouldn’t intend your messages to be read, however, since they are very difficult to undo once folded.


The size of the stars depend on how wide you cut your paper. Of course, the wider the paper, the bigger the stars and vice versa.


They can be big or tiny! Here is a star I made compared to a micro SD card.

Let me know what you made your stars for in the comments below!

Until next time…

~ Kristen


About Three Handed Mommy

Mother of one, wife to one. Hoping for more children in the future but so far I'm a three handed mommy. One hand is in school, another in loving my family, the last is on here (and all that comes with it). I love origami and I doodle once in a blue moon. Maybe I will share some drawings, both old and new. I have a slight obsession with Hatake Kakashi, Batman, rubber duckies, pandas, and Pokemon. Then again, my obsession may prove to be more than slight on more than one occassion...don't judge. :P Since this is new and all to me, please bear with me while I find my rhythm and posting habits. Hope you enjoy what I put up here! Feel free to pin anything unless stated otherwise in a post. :)

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