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Make 3d paper stars from stripes of paper!
**Warning: Making paper stars is addictive**

I've always wanted to know how to make these, but couldn't understand how until a friend of mine showed me, that's why I made a video (see step 5) to clearly and simply illustrate the process.

The first three steps are about how to obtain paper stripes, the fourth and the fifth are about how to make the stars.
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Step 1: Obtaining paper stripes: buying

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You can buy ready-made paper stripes, they come in lots of colors and patterns, just type "lucky star origami paper" in google and you'll find a few online stores.

If you're just learning how to make these I would recommend you start with paper stripes that were made using step 2, which are the easiest stripes to fold.

Step 2: Obtaining paper stripes: DIY easy

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A4/Letter notebook paper, preferably yellow and without holes (like the one in the picture)

Tools for method A

Tools for method B
a ruler
an exacto Knife
a cutting board

Method A:
Take a peice of paper, and using scissors cut along the lines

Method B:
Take a piece of paper, lay it on the cutting board, put the ruler against a line and use it as a guide for cutting with the exacto knife (see the second image). This method produces better stripes.

Step 3: Obtaining paper stripes: DIY pro

Any paper you want, colorful A4/Letter paper, wrapping paper, anything.

a printer

Tools for method A

Tools for method B
a ruler
an exacto Knife
a cutting board

If you chose wrapping paper, or any kind of paper that is larger than A4/Letter, you need to reduce it to that size. Now print lines on it (see attached file) then cut it using either method A or B that have been described in step 2.

The wider the strip is, the longer it needs to be to make a good star.
Also, The lighter the paper is, the longer the stripes need to be.
Therefore the file attached to this step might no be compatible with the kind of paper you've chosen, so experiment a bit.
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youevolve2 months ago

Thanks for the instructions. My daughter has wanted to make these for a while now and your video really helped.

Wow! I can't believe I hadn't learnt this before. They are beautiful and very easy to make! Thank you, wonderful instructable.
NAiMA792 years ago
i held my 33rd birthday dinner party in a nifty location on the hills over here and the party theme was stars. i looked after an easy but impressive table decoration and i went for your instructable - i had plenty of blue stars all over the table and the guests were so impressed! i mean, it took me like a whole afternoon but boy was it worth it! thank you!!!
maker7772 years ago
There was this craze at school for these, I joined in! I just love these stars. So pretty, easy to make, and even easy to mess up!
themoose642 years ago
i did it! nice instructable
Hack42Moem2 years ago
I understand it just fine. No worries.
infob2 years ago
Done. Lots of them. Thanks.
i cant "squish" the pentagon or it will cripple in to a mess
fold it tighter
klulinski2 years ago
im soo confused i think i got it but idk i got lost at the wraping part
i tried like 8 times, is there any special kinda paper you use or is it just normal printer paper?
I normally use printer paper and you I got a pack of colored printer paper then print out the dashes on it and it makes them look cooler and cheerier especially if you do more than one color.
xPuffie5 years ago
Can you do this with regular paper not just origami (sorry if i misspelled it) paper?
You spelled it right!
I've always used regular paper and they've come out fine. But I haven't ever used origami (yes you spelled it right) paper so I wouldn't know if it's any easier.
Libertina6 years ago
gah!! they are dead funky, been "ooh" and "aah"-ing over them on 4chan..this summer i will learn..i will... does anyone else find it tricky to get the star-shape whilst folding, does this get easier?
no, i dont find it to be very tricky. (exept for when im trying to push in the edges to make it puffed, and it leaves a big dent in it.)
oh yeah, when folding the strip over its self, you fold it a bit loosely, just to make it a tad easier to "puff" the star. hope that helped a bit. :)
yeah this method is nice, because i always had trouble tucking in hte tail at the beginning all the while leaving the not puffed and wrapping the strip around the begining buble, this seems to be a much easyer method :) and good job with the vid :)
suayres3 years ago
With the video, it's clear as can be--even answers my ? About what to do with the tail end!
hey a friend taught me how to make these... maybe i can explain it better?
you basicaly make a sort of knot in the end of the paper (step 1-3) by looping the end of the strip around and tucking it under itself then flatten it so it makes a pentagon. Then you just wrap the paper around the pentagon flattening it every time you wrap until you have no more. Then squish in the sides so it looks like a star instead of a pentagon. Hope that helps!! It's REALLY simple I know as soon as you get it you'll have an AHHAAA!!! moment ;) good luck
well no offence but what sthe point of making 3-D stars if ur flattening them duhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Think!!!
....because the you squish the ends to make it pouffy.... read to the end before you comment. DUH.
dspaulding13 years ago
I'v known how to make these and i counted how many i have yesterday and i have 1,294 and i was like wow...
Kamal KAur3 years ago
i like it..........
username2523 years ago
Basically, after step 4 (which is the knot-like fold) you keep folding around the knot while making a pentegon shape. Although I I never made this (but might try soon) the pic can be self explanatory if you think a little.

sashadistan3 years ago
Out of focus video makes this hard. We got in the end though. cool and pretty, just in time for Christmas.
aramanthe3 years ago
I think I finally got it... I work in a call center and have a lot of downtime, so I have the chance to make a lot of these. I've got a cleaned out pickle jar that I'm keeping them in :)
i'm confused , XD
wew.. XD
can you make a video
jdcoolguy4 years ago
definately confusing
this is
totally agree!
:D i finally understand this now. I picked up a packet of the special paper when i was in Los Angeles in Little Tokyo. On the back of the pack, the pictures describe the strip being tucked into the pentagon continuously, like the way this instructable describes it being wrapped around.... But this method is definitely easier. (: Thank you~
I make them out of the strips you get off the side of the continuous paper used in the dot matrix printers at work - they make me smile whenever I look at them which is no small achievement at work!
instruct0r6 years ago
do we push them in, or do we pinch the edges?
Using a pinching motion to push the edges in :P
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