How to make lucky paper stars
How to Make Lucky Paper Stars
Exquisite little paper stars can be used for decorations, jewelry, craft projects and gift giving. They're very easy to make, and they're a fun way to recycle a bit of junk mail into something colorful and decorative. If you want to make your own lucky paper stars, see Step 1 to get started.
Cut a long, narrow strip of paper about 1 centimeter (0.4 in) wide and as long as whatever page you are cutting.
Tie a simple knot (of the same kind that you would use to tie your shoes) at one end.Then:
- Cross the ends of the strips and pull one end through the loop that forms. If you want the color from a particular end of the strip, tie the knot at the other end. Don't twist the paper, just loop it.
- Gently tighten the knot, then gently pull the knot without creasing or squeezing the strip of paper.
- When all the edges are in contact, press it down and crease. You should have a pentagon with a long end and a short end sticking out.
Fold the short end over, following the edges of the pentagon, so that it does not stick out.If there's a little more than a pentagon width, you can tear it off or fold it under and tuck it in.
Wrap the long end around and around the pentagon, following the edges and the folds.The result should be a fatter pentagon. Fold so that the color you want faces out, if the two sides of the strip are different.
Tuck in the loose end.If there is a little too much, fold it over or tear it off before tucking it in.
Pinch each corner or push in the edges to puff the star up.
Use the stars for display.
- Make a whole bunch of these and display them in a jar or clear glass.
- Display them mixed with confetti or tinsel as part of the party decorations on a table.
- Work a needle and thread or string through opposite corners to string them together as a garland or necklace. You could combine them with paper beads or other elements on the same string.
QuestionCan I make big lucky stars if I use a bigger paper?Amishu JhansalCommunity AnswerYes, just make sure that the ratio stays the same, if you increase width, you must increase length.Thanks!
QuestionWhat size does the paper need to be?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNormally 1cm as width, and 28 cm as length. Printer paper would work for this.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use construction paper?Kat NordstromCommunity AnswerYes, you can. You can pretty much use any type of paper as long as it's not too thick or thin.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use scrapbook paper?Top AnswererYes, scrapbook paper would be good for this project. If it is on the thicker side, don't cut your strip too narrow or your completed star will be too small to puff out.Thanks!
QuestionCould we use it for a pine cone Christmas tree decoration?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou certainly could. Glue in place on the pine cone, add a ribbon to the pine cone and hang it on the tree.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if these instructions aren't working for me?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can find an example video on YouTube and follow along with that, which might be easier than written instructions.Thanks!
QuestionI can't pinch the paper stars. What do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry not pressing down and creasing the edges when you're making the base so that the base is more 3D and easier to pinch.Thanks!
QuestionWould a sticky note work?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, it won't work.Thanks!
QuestionHow narrow does the paper have to be?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on the length. If the length is approximately 5.5, then the width would be approximately 0.67 in (2/3), so the ratio from width to length would be 0.67:5.5.Thanks!
QuestionWhat kind of paper is needed to make this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBits of wrapping paper makes a nice effect, especially if you mix the papers up.Thanks!
- Use old bits of wrapping paper for a nice effect, especially if you mix the papers up - you can also put all your stars together into a jar and give it to someone you love.
- Fold the stars loosely, so that it's easier to puff up them up.
- You can also buy the paper especially made for this at some stores.
- Using a paper cutter is helpful if you'd like nice, straight strips. Use at least a ruler if you can't do a paper cutter though. If you have neither, fold the paper over and cut along the fold with scissors to get the strips as straight as you can.
- If you want to make a lot of these for a larger project, cut a bunch of strips of paper all at once. Leave them by the phone, computer, or TV, or make a travel size craft kit (take some with you). Do a few at a time.
- If you are making them for special occasions, try to stick to the right colors.
- You can use it for Christmas tree decoration or keep it on top of a pinecone Christmas tree.
- Take care not to nick yourself with a paper edge.
- Use scissors responsibly. Children should be supervised when cutting paper.
Things You'll Need
Paper – magazine and catalog pages you were going to throw out are great, since they're fairly soft, thin paper and provide a wealth of bright colors. You're using narrow enough strips so that most designs will just show up as colors when you're done.
Scissors and a ruler or a paper cutter
A glass, box, or jar (optional) in which to display a collection
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