How to Make Japanese Lucky Stars!




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!

Step 1: Supplies: Paper

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!

Step 2: Supplies Continued

The other things you need are:

A ruler, perferably one with one side inches and one side mm and cm.

An exacto-knife. Or something of the sort. I don't think mine is an actual exacto-knife but anything in that range will do just fine.

A cutting board. The ones in the scrapbooking sections at Hobby Lobby (or any other craft store) work best. Mine is the perfect size that it fits part way under my keyboard and to the end of my desk where I do all the projects where I need to cut something.

A pencil is optional. It's only if you want to draw the lines before you cut them.

Step 3: Cutting Your Strips!

If you are using notebook paper or anything else with lines already on it for you to follow, just cut on those. But remember college rule paper is too small so the wide rule works better.

If your paper is just blank you will have to draw the lines yourself. Or just eye it if you don't mind too much. But the size really just matter so I reccomend at least marking the paper if not actually drawing the lines.

The lines are 8 1/2 inches long. Thats the length of normal printer paper, on the shorter side. And the width is about 8 mm. If you wish to make the stars wider than you'll have to also make the strips longer. I'm not sure the ratio though so I'd just stick to this measurement. Again, if you are using paper with lines on it just cut along those, they are the perfect size.

When your paper is ready to be cut take your ruler and line it up on the line. A tip is that if you get a cutting map that has lines on it you can just make little marks on your paper instead of completly drawing the lines and use the lines on the cutting mat to line your ruler up against.

Now take your knife and run it along the ruler. Make sure you have a good hold on the ruler or it wont work the best

Step 4: Making the Knot

1st picture: You need to overlap the strip like in this picture. The way that helps me is it should look exactly like the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons! It works best if you do it just like in the picture instead of any other way you may do it. That may seem like it doesn't make sence but if yours looks just like in the picture, you're good to go. If not try again

2nd picture and 3rd picture: Now take the long end of the strip and flip it out and put it into the hole in the wrap you made in picute one. (sorry I'm not good at explaining this but the pictures will help a lot) You are basically making a knot.

4th picture: This is a little tricky and it takes practice. You need to make the knot "tight" without actually "tightening" it... You will have to gently pull and tug untill the not seems like its pretty snug. But it you pull too hard you can rip the paper. And also dont flatten your knot. Flatening it may make it even harder to do the last step which is actually makin it into a star! But don't get frustrated just keep trying! You WILL get it eventually. It took me forever to be able to so just keep trying and don't give up!

5th picture: now there will be a little tail at the end of your knot.( look in the previous picture to see what I'm talking about. So you need to take the tail and tuck it under one of the flaps in the knot. Just like in the picture. There may be some tail left even after you tuck it under so just rip that part off. (not the really long tail, that one STAYS)

Step 5: Wrapping the Star!

Okay now what you do is take the long end of the strip and start wrapping it around the (pentagaon? is that what it's called? I'm not sure) using the sides as a guide. This part insn't very hard but it may take you a second to understand what I mean. I'm sory I couldnt take a picture but I needed both hands to do this!

1st picture: Now you have this! You tuck the left over tail under just like before. And after tucking, if there is any left over just gently rip it off.

2nd picture: Now you have this cute little.. pentagon. I think.

Step 6: Making the Star

1st picture: Now hold your pentagon like this. I had to hold it in my left hand so I could take the picture but It works best (for right handed people) to hold it in your right hand. Just like this though with your thumb on the bottom and your index finger on the top. I suppose if you were left handed you would hold it in your left hand but do whatever feels correct.

I couldn't take a picture for this but how you make the star is hold the pentagon like I said. And then take your index and tumb of the other hand. Put them in the spot where I put a note on the picture. You just "pinch' those two sides untill they cave in. Now just rotate the pentagon and do that on every side untill you have a star! It is a little tricky at first and if you keep failing it might be because you're paper isnt the right size or you did something else wrong. But again! Just keep trying!!! It took me a very long time to be able to do this but now I can do it really fast. Dont give up!!!
2nd picture: Now you have a cute little star! one down, lots more to go!

Step 7: Ideas!

Now as you make your stars you can put them in a pretty jar! Any sort of jar will do. When you get it full you can put it on your beside table and it makes great decoration.

Another I dea is putting your jar by your beside table and also some strips. Everytime you wake up you could write your dream on the strip and make a new star. You could do the same with a wish if you like.

You could also make a lot of stars and put them in a vase. If you have dried flowers or fake flowers put them into the vase and the stars will take the place of water! It will look very cute!

Or you could make bigger stars, and hand them out to random people at school or work! It might make their day.

I've seen instructables on here with other ideas. Like making a door curtain from the stars, or turning the stars into little lights. Just search the instructables website for those!

I thought of another idea! If you could somehow frind a way to attatch a jump ring to the star you could make a necklace from it. Or glue the stars to earing posts and wear them!

The possibilities are endless. But beware! Once you figure out how to make them, they are very addictive!

Thanks for reading and I hope I helped! If you have any questions message me or leave a comment and I will definatly try to get back to you!




    • Sensors Contest

      Sensors Contest
    • Backyard Contest

      Backyard Contest
    • 1 Hour Challenge

      1 Hour Challenge

    15 Discussions


    3 years ago

    This is one of my favorite projects. thanks.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    5 years ago on Step 7

    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!!!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    9 years ago on Step 6

    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!


    9 years ago on Step 6

    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!!!!!!!!!!

    2 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    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.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    sorry, i was really frustrated. i will look on youtube. thanks!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    4 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    addendum:  Our work paper shredder makes almost exactly 8mm strips :D  goldmine!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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