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This instructable will tell you how to make those really cute Lucky Stars! The legend is something to the effect that the more starts you make the better chance you have of your wish comming true. I'm not for sure if that's exactly right but you can always check on google if it's really important to you. Ok so I understand there are a lot of instructables out there on this but when I was learning to make them none of those helped me because they can be pretty tricky. So I'm hoping this one will be a little more clear and can help someone figure it out! Good luck and thanks for reading my instructable!
 
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Step 1: Supplies: Paper

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Firstly you will need paper. There are several options here.

You could use normal notebook paper with wide ruled lines, not the college rule ones. This would be best for practicing.

You could also use the pads of paper that are connected at the top (I forget what they are called but something along the lines of Legal Pads? I don't know for sure). The ones with no holes are the best. These are very good for beginners too! And you can get them in differnet colors at Walmart. They have blue, pink, purple, and yellow + white. The only thing is that the ones at walmart only come in packs of three but you could check office supply stores like Ofice Max or some other store.

Next is printer paper. This is what I use. You can get all sorts of colors at walmart that is actual printer paper, not cardstock. They have really bright colors and also more refined colors. The only thing bad with this is that you have to hand cut the strips but if you do it the way I'll tell you in step three it doesn't take that long. This is also really good because of the thickness. It's perfect!

You can use any sort of paper you like, rapping paper, scrap booking paper, newspaper. Anything! But you may have to experiment with how well it makes the stars because some paper may be too thick, or too thin. But try different stuff!
azollinger6 months ago
I just bought a pack of 200 strips for 1.99 at a little store. Very cheap and you don't need to cut them!
azollinger6 months ago
Thank you so much!!!! This really helped. I bought little strips of paper at a Japanese store and was like, "What the heck do I do with these??" So thank you again! Now I have a collection of little stars!!!
stunami2 years ago
So this Ible is cool, but I wanted to let you know that Japanese people don't really make these. In Korean culture they do, and they'll put hundreds into glass jars that they then give to their girlfriends.
Ikkalebob4 years ago
This is an awesome instructable and (no offense to the people who said this) I think you have made it perfectly clear and easy to do! Thanks alot for this instructable!
its so hard could u take more pics
mobandy64 (author) 4 years ago
Sorry, I was sorta not happy that day. I didn't mean to come off rude. But just a tip, if you start to understand what you have to do, you just can't seem to be able to do it, don't give up. Because at first I knew what I was suposed to do I just couldnt ever do it but if you just keep making star after star, eventually you will get the hang of it and the stars will actually get to be real stars!
charchar24 years ago
Ug! I am looking all over instructables for a tutorial on this, and all of them say they are clearer than the others. BUT THEY AREN'T! None of them make sense!!!!!!!!!!
mobandy64 (author)  charchar24 years ago
It's really not that hard. I made it as clear as possible. If you still don't get it look for videos on youtube.
sorry, i was really frustrated. i will look on youtube. thanks!
frollard4 years ago
Neat writeup!  I love papercraft origami stuff - and this is really fun.

Constructive criticism: spelling error in intro: one m in coming.  and yes, it's a pentagon :D 
In the step to cut the strips, you might make it an obvious statement that you are making strips 8 1/2 inches by 8mm.  They don't even have to be 8 1/2 because you rip a portion off, so anything 'over about 8in by 8mm' should work.
Lastly, the supplies steps could be one step - they don't need separate images, just the paper section could be a lot more concise.
I hope that doesn't come across as naggy!  Great stuff!

Again, great job!  Keep pumping out awesome stuff!
addendum:  Our work paper shredder makes almost exactly 8mm strips :D  goldmine!
Edit:  I lie, its 6mm, but it still works :D  love it!
mobandy64 (author)  frollard4 years ago
haha no. thanks for the tips. but i'll have to try the shredder thing because cutting strips takes forever. yesterday i cut a whole bunch and put them on the table, and my dog ate them! now i have to cut more... erg
I didn't know dogs actually ate paper! :P  crazy!