{lucky stars}

March 13, 2011

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 1/2 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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  1. The Farmer's Attic says:

    Very cute!!!

  2. 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!

  3. Kimberly from "bugaboo" says:

    love it! Yet another thing to bookmark…

  4. Hi!

    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: inadaze13.blogspot.com

  5. this is so cute. bookmarking now…


  6. 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!..

  7. simplydesigning.blogspot.com says:

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


  8. Paula Jo @ Home Decor | Home Accents says:

    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.

  9. Pati @ A Crafty Escape says:

    These are SO cute!

  10. {nifty thrifty things} says:

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

  11. Oh my gosh! These are so cool!

  12. Kara'sKreations says:

    Thank you thank you thank you. I just bought a kit to make these from http://www.littleseouls.com 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.

  13. ~The Bargain Babe says:

    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!

  14. Colie's Kitchen says:

    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. http://www.colieskitchen.com

  15. abeachcottage says:

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

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


  17. Ashley Sisk says:

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

  18. You are so talented!

  19. {nifty thrifty things} says:

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

  20. 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

  21. michelle's 10 things says:

    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.

  22. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    @ 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? ;)

  23. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says:

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

  24. sugarswings says:

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

  25. {nifty thrifty things} says:

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

  26. Humble Homemaker says:

    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.

  27. Lolly Jane says:

    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 :)

  28. Krafty Kat says:

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

  29. c.w.frosting says:

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

  30. AllieMakes! says:

    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!

  31. 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

  32. Heather {WhipperBerry} says:

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


  33. Christina @ It's a Keeper says:

    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

  34. Emily {WhipperBerry} says:

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

  35. {nifty thrifty things} says:

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

  36. kara@elements-interiors.net says:

    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:)

  37. 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! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/03/feature-friday.html

  38. Kelly H. says:

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

  39. Michelle @ Loving Every Second says:

    How cute! I love stars :)

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


  40. Mel the Crafty Scientist says:

    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! : )

  41. HOMEmomMADE says:

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

  42. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    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!

  43. Jenn Erickson says:

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


  44. 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

  45. now i know thanks to you :)

  46. Lindsay @ Diary of a Crafty Lady says:

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

  47. 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?

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

  49. 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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