I am a huge fan of origami.
And by “huge” I mean, I can fold 3 whole designs and woah, go me. Someone stop this wild party I’m having.
I actually fold origami and sell it on Etsy which somewhat supports my starving artist routine while I write books. So shout-out to me and my awesome and you should definitely go buy 1 or 9 things off me.
But in case you’re a cheap bucket (like I am, basically, because why buy when you can MAKE???) I have decided to put together a tutorial on how to make origami lucky stars. This is because (A) these little beasts are delightful for #bookstagram photo props and I use them always, and (B) I have been asked by many people on what they are / how to make them, and (C) occasionally I’m agreeable and go “well I could do a tutorial on that”.
(I’ve had this tutorial in line to write up for MONTHS but the actual main reason I put off it off is because I needed two hands in the photos and I also need a 3rd hand to take the photos. You see the issue? Because despite rumours, I am not an octopus. So I had to train my dog in the skill of photography and now I’m good to go.)
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WHAT YOU NEED:
- long strips of paper (not cardboard, just don’t even go there no)
- you can actually buy precut pieces of lucky star paper on ebay (google it, fiends) or you can cut them yourself! I generally use something like 1/4 inch x 12 inches (but you can go thinner or thicker)
- pencil (this is not for drawing so it can be a blunt pencil)
- two hands (all I’m saying is that if you have three hands, cut one off)
- several cupcakes (for snack breaks)
You could also use a clean workspace, but who am I kidding?? WHAT EVEN IS THE MEANING OF “CLEAN”???
TIME TO ORIGAMI YOURSELVES.
What you want to do is tie a knot in one end of your strip of paper. This is about as simple as walking to Morder without Sam. But persevere I believe in you.
My flesh looks yellow in Step #2 but I swear I am not actually yellow.
It is also not crucial to have double-jointed thumbs to make lucky stars, but YOU KNOW, all the cool kids (aka me) have them.
MAKE SURE YOUR KNOT IS FLAT.
I’m talking pancake flat. Crease it. Don’t be scared to squash it’s dreams of gentle curves. WE WANT FLATNESS.
Then fold that little extra edge piece over because who needs that. Not us.
Then, with the longer tail piece, start wrapping and folding it over and over and OVER AND OVER.
KEEP WRAPPING IT OVER. DID I TELL YOU TO STOP? NO. KEEP GOING.
You want to fold it until (A) your star is now quite fat, and (B) there is only a tiny piece left at the end.
Now tuck that little tail under. Hopefully the picture will convey what I mean, because I sure as heck have no words. Like TUCK THE LOOSE THING. <– Excellent tutorial explanations
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE A FAT VAGUELY SHAPED BLOB OF PAPER.
At least, I hope you do. If you don’t, you are a deluded melon, because obviously my tutorial is flawless and not confusing at all so far.
Next you want to grab that pencil and wield it like Eoywn when some jerk called her man. GRIP THIS PENCIL AND SMITE PERDITION.
I’m joking. Be very very very careful or you’ll ruin the star.
This is honestly THE STEP OF DOOM. This is when you need the luck of lucky stars. The stars have a tendency to just…squash. It’s devastating.
Rub the pencil very carefully along one side until it bends. Alternately, you can pinch the corners and squash them that way, but that only works on actual origami paper. If you’re just using general paper, it might be too stiff for pinching so: THAT PENCIL NEEDS YOU.
Obviously rub all the sides. Once you get the first corner indented, you’re out of the danger territory. Mt. Doom is behind you. The orcs are slain. BUT DON’T GET TOO COCKY BEFOREHAND OR YOUR STAR WILL EXPLODE AND YOU WILL BE LEFT WITH NOTHING.
In fact, I actually ruined the star I was making for the tutorial. I am the origami master, obviously.
And feel free to continue admiring my yellow double-joined thumb in #14.
WELCOME INTO THE WORLD, LITTLE STAR OF LIGHT!
Looooooook. YOU MADE A STAR, you clever pineapple you. Now is time to congratulate yourself! Take a cupcake break! Marathon the LOTR films! Cosplay a firey eyeball! WELL DONE AND APPLAUSE.
Look, now my little star has FRIENDS.
AND NOW YOU REPEAT.
Probably, like, 89 times because the more stars the better where #bookstagram is concerned. You can literally spend years of your life doing this. But it’s worth it, I promise. Or you can hire me to make them for you, so. There’s that option too.
Now you’re free to sprinkle them about your bookstagram photos! Fill cups of them! FLING THEM ACROSS YOUR ROOM. * Enjoy your origami skills!
* Don’t do that, you fool. You’ll ruin them.
PRO TIP #1: Dogs like to eat them. Little devils. Be ye warned.
PRO TIP #2: I have about 3 in every 5 success rate so don’t feel bad if you ruin a lot of them. This is not really a pro tip??? More like a “commiseration tip” in case you are terrible at making these like me.
Thus ends my EXTREMELY competent tutorial.
Don’t say I never explain things. (Hopefully the pictures explain them to make up for my lack of…words.) Go forth and make your bookstagram photos aesthetically pleasing with cupfuls of stars.
But I have a petition to stop calling them “Lucky Stars” because tHEY’RE DOWNRIGHT UNLUCKY TO MAKE. Petition to call them Sauron Stars.