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{lucky stars}

Yesterday, my hubby went out of town for the day. He went on a short trip to the Netherlands to meet up with a friend of his from Amsterdam and they met about half way in a small town called Groningen to have some man time.
So, since I’m still not back to 100% after being sick, I just decided to stay home all day and enjoy some free time in our apartment. ;)
Ok, I must admit.. I did start missing the husband a little and distracted myself by being a little crafty.
I folded about 150 lucky stars last night. Be careful, it’s very addictive!
I threw together a little tutorial, if you want to try it yourself.
What you need:
  • paper in A4 or letter size, in your preferred color
  • scissors or x-acto knife
  • ruler
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Cut the paper into strips. The width determines the size of the star. For the tutorial I used about 12 in. wide strips:

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Start by tying the strips into a knot:

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You’re on the right track if your knot looks like a pentagon:

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Fold the little tail over:

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Start folding the long tail around and around the pentagon:

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Until you reach the end of the strip:

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Tuck the end of the strip into the little pouch:

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You’ll end up with this:

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To make this pentagon a star, push gently with your fingernail on each side:

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I even made a video tutorial to show the full process:

PS: It’s easiest if you don’t crease the sides of the pentagon too much when folding the strip.


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    The Farmer's Attic
    Sunday March 13th, 2011 at 07:23 PM

    Very cute!!!

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    Sunday March 13th, 2011 at 08:57 PM

    My daughter is an actress and I call her my little star so I am attracted to all types of stars. Thanks for the idea!

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    Kimberly from "bugaboo"
    Sunday March 13th, 2011 at 09:16 PM

    love it! Yet another thing to bookmark…

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    Monday March 14th, 2011 at 12:18 AM


    I’m your newest follower from the Boost your Blog hop. Love the stars! Look forward to future posts!

    Feel free to check out my blog at:

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    Monday March 14th, 2011 at 01:07 AM

    this is so cute. bookmarking now…


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    Monday March 14th, 2011 at 02:07 AM

    These are so sweet!.. I had made a pile of these a few years ago when I found the paper strips for making them at the Dragon City Mall!.. I had fogotten all about these until I found a box full of them in my sewing room yesterday! LOVE THEM! Thanks for sharing!..

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    Monday March 14th, 2011 at 02:13 AM

    Oh wow! I can’t believe you folded these! I am impressed with your skill and patience :)


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    Paula Jo @ Home Decor | Home Accents
    Monday March 14th, 2011 at 03:40 AM

    What a cute idea. For you not feeling good, you sure come up with some good ideas. I’m going to try this, and see how it comes out, just for fun.

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    Pati @ A Crafty Escape
    Monday March 14th, 2011 at 02:08 PM

    These are SO cute!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Monday March 14th, 2011 at 02:40 PM

    Thank you all so, so much for your wonderful comments!! :)

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    Monday March 14th, 2011 at 05:05 PM

    Oh my gosh! These are so cool!

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    Monday March 14th, 2011 at 08:55 PM

    Thank you thank you thank you. I just bought a kit to make these from for Chinese new year as a gift for my 5 year old, and I was making it so much harder than I needed to. My daughter will be so happy that I figured it out.

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    ~The Bargain Babe
    Tuesday March 15th, 2011 at 09:39 PM

    THANK YOU sooo much for posting this. I have seen these little stars but not known how to make them.

    My youngest is turning 1 soon and his party is airplane themed. These little stars will make awesome confetti pieces to decorate the tables with!

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    Colie's Kitchen
    Wednesday March 16th, 2011 at 05:04 AM

    Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance.

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    Wednesday March 16th, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Love those little stars. They are so cute. Thanks for the sharing how to make them.

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    Wednesday March 16th, 2011 at 02:17 PM

    Great tutorial! I love these. I am already thinking of cute containers I can fill them with.

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    Ashley Sisk
    Wednesday March 16th, 2011 at 04:21 PM

    That is so cool — although I need lots of practice!

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    Wednesday March 16th, 2011 at 07:44 PM

    You are so talented!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Wednesday March 16th, 2011 at 08:46 PM

    Thank you all so much for all your sweet comments! :)

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    Wednesday March 16th, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Oooh I remember these!! I used to live in China and was taught about these there. When my sister gave birth to twin I gave each child a jar of lucky stars. They are addictive but filling two rather large jars was enough to cure me for a while LOL

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    michelle's 10 things
    Thursday March 17th, 2011 at 04:01 AM

    I am here from THe Thrifty Home. THIS WAS FUN. I made one from just following your pictures. (Yep, they are addicting. I am cutting more strips after this comment :) Your tutorial was GREAT.

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Thursday March 17th, 2011 at 04:02 PM

    @ MJ: Oh, yea! I can imagine filling two full jars of these can get pretty tiring. ;) I bet it looked really cute though!

    @ Michelle: I’m glad my tutorial was easy to follow and you had fun with that little project. How many did you end up making? ;)

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    Allison {A Glimpse Inside}
    Friday March 18th, 2011 at 06:00 AM

    Those are so cute! You were on a roll making those things! Thanks for sharing and linking up!

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    Friday March 18th, 2011 at 01:31 PM

    so cute ! and love you showed how to do it, you make it look so easy :)

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Saturday March 19th, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    @ sugarswings: It looks more difficult than it is. You should give it a try! :)

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    Humble Homemaker
    Saturday March 19th, 2011 at 03:18 PM

    Awesome! These are so cute… They just make me want to smile! I want to give it a try. lol. Great tutorial. I loved the music in the video too. ;) Thanks for sharing at Humble Homemaking.

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    Lolly Jane
    Sunday March 20th, 2011 at 01:26 AM

    super cute! these would look great in my apothocary jar… thanks for the video tute! :)

    we would love it if you could link up w/ us this weekend :)

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    Krafty Kat
    Sunday March 20th, 2011 at 04:06 AM

    Fantastic tutorial! Love those little stars! Thanks for linking up to Gettin’ Krafty With It!

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    Sunday March 20th, 2011 at 04:12 AM

    Cute! Reminds me of childhood. My uncle taught us how to make these!

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    Sunday March 20th, 2011 at 08:47 PM

    How cute! We used to make little cubes during class… This reminds me of them. I miss my days in The Netherlands! Hope your huz had a nice trip. Glad you are feeling better!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

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    Sunday March 20th, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    I love these.. I was just at out little eclectic fabric store and they had garland and was thinking I ‘d love to make those.. NOW I know how.. I’ll link you when I make mine.….. someday.… lol

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    Heather {WhipperBerry}
    Monday March 21st, 2011 at 02:33 AM

    Oh I am soooo in love with this and in love with you for posting this tutorial!! Thank you!!


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    Christina @ It's a Keeper
    Monday March 21st, 2011 at 01:39 PM

    Wow! This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to the It’s a Keeper Thursday blog hop! Be sure to come back next week and link something new!

    Christina @ It’s a Keeper

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    Emily {WhipperBerry}
    Monday March 21st, 2011 at 04:33 PM

    I wanted to let you know we featured this on WhipperBerry today. Another home-run from one of our favorite blogs!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Tuesday March 22nd, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Thank you all so, so much for your wonderful comments! I love ‘em!! :)

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    Tuesday March 22nd, 2011 at 02:47 PM

    So creative! Love this post…thank you for linking up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you tomorrow:)


    Im following you:) would LOVE to have you Follow me:)

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    Friday March 25th, 2011 at 05:47 AM

    I just wanted to let you know that your shoes are on The Glitter Blog “Friday Feature” If you want come by and grab a Featured button!
    Thank you so much for linking up this week!

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    Kelly H.
    Friday March 25th, 2011 at 05:58 AM

    Those are so cute :)
    New follower, hope that you will follow back!

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    Michelle @ Loving Every Second
    Tuesday March 29th, 2011 at 07:31 PM

    How cute! I love stars :)

    I’m here from the Every Crafty Endeaver linky party!


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    Mel the Crafty Scientist
    Wednesday March 30th, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    So cute! I’m stopping by from the ECE linky party too and just wanted to say how excited I am to be pointed towards a blog I already like! : )

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    Friday April 1st, 2011 at 05:11 PM

    I remember making these as a kid thanks for liking up to Make & Share Today!

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    Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick
    Wednesday April 6th, 2011 at 02:59 AM

    I love this!! Pottery Barn sells these, and I was so close to buying them last Christmas, but knew there had to be a way to DIY them!

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    Jenn Erickson
    Sunday April 17th, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Wow, they’re lovely! And 150? Incredible! I love the way they look displayed in the bowl.


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    Thursday June 16th, 2011 at 08:48 PM

    wow such a good tute you know a Chinese friend taught me this when i was quite young i still remember but never could figure out what to use them for

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    Thursday June 16th, 2011 at 08:49 PM

    now i know thanks to you :)

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    Lindsay @ Diary of a Crafty Lady
    Friday June 24th, 2011 at 02:56 AM

    I made some cute 4th of July decor using your tutorial. Thanks! Come check it out if you get the chance:

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    Saturday December 10th, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    i love these! but whenever i try to make them, and kink the edges with my nail, the just collapse and bend:( what should i do?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday December 11th, 2011 at 08:12 PM

      I’m sorry to hear that stars are collapsing when trying to kink the edges.
      Make sure the paper is not too thin. Maybe that will help with the problem. You can also use a coin to push the edges in.

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    Saturday January 12th, 2013 at 06:38 AM

    It’s super addictive!! I loved using my vellum paper. I got blisters pretty quickly though.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday January 15th, 2013 at 08:47 PM

      Hehe, right?! I really couldn’t stop folding up the little stars either! ;)
      Thanks for leaving some comment-love!
      I hope you’re having a fabulous week!
      XO’s from Germany! Vanessa

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    Wednesday January 22nd, 2014 at 08:33 PM

    Love the idea, woud be great for valentine’s day as well, you are my star..
    But, Groningen is quite a big city! I know the netherlands is not a Hughes’ country, but for us Groningen is in our top 10 cities.

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