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How To Make Folded Paper Stars

Allow me to introduce the lovely and talented Ching Ya, a dear friend and social media geek with a delightful creative streak. Today, she’ll teach us how to fold our own paper stars in this photo tutorial. Enjoy! ~ Jen

The Cute Little Stars

Twinkle twinkle little stars
How colorful and adorable you are…

I’ve always loved them, it’s my dream to hold the stars in my hands and admire their beauty.

Guess what? My dream came true after all!

Cute isn’t it?

I sprinkle these little ones around my Christmas corner, along with the tree of course.

So, do you want to spice up your Christmas decorations with these little ones? I can assure you, by the time you finished reading these instructions, you’re gonna shout out, “OMG!! It’s THAT simple??”

How To Fold Your Little Paper Stars

What do you need?

A half-used colored/wrapping paper (I prefer recycled ones, you could use brand new if you like), a ruler and scissors. That’s it.

Are you ready to rumble?
Here goes:

Step 1.
Measure and cut a strip approximately 1cm width and 20-25cm in length (depends on your liking).

Step 2.
Do it as if you are making a perfect knot.

Step 3.
Make sure ‘A’ is on top of the tail. Then continue to tuck ‘A’ inside the hole.

Step 4.
Pull ‘A’ through gently and flatten the knot.

Reminder – Make sure ‘A’ is neither too long nor short. A considerable length as shown in the picture will be just right.

Step 5.
Bend the excessive end to the back. (Cut it off if too long.) Now a pentagon is formed.

Step 6.
Bend the long tail according to the sides of the pentagon. That is, go up from underneath the pentagon as illustrated, following the direction of the blue dotted line.

Continue the ‘pentagon-wrapping’ method (see next 4 photographs) until it almost reaches the end.

Here’s what your star will look like at this point:

Step 7.
Slip the tail into the body of the pentagon. Cut off the excessive part if necessary.

Step 8.
Hold your pentagon as shown in the next photograph. Press in hard until the pointed ends are formed.

Continue pinching with other sides until the star becomes “puffy”…

… and VOILA!!

Now you can carry on with as many of them as you wish. Even fill up a jar with stars, and give it as a present to your loved ones. Now they’ll never running out of wishing stars for Christmas!

95 comments… add one
  • Nicole 2012/09/17, 3:23 am

    These are so cute! I’m gonna do the 1000 star challenge!

  • Likha 2012/07/24, 12:36 pm

    The pinching part is the hardets but I’m getting better!

  • Likha 2012/07/24, 9:43 am

    Thanks! That was so helpful!

  • Acantha 2012/06/29, 4:25 am

    I think these stars are absolutely adorable. I’ve been having some trouble making them puff up, but nothing I can’t fix. Thank you ever so much for posting this tutorial. A friend of mine attempted to teach me how to make them, but I required further instruction.

    Thank you so much Ching Ya.

  • Karen 2012/06/26, 3:37 am

    Love the Stars! I will make a ton of these. Thank you!

  • vivian 2012/05/08, 11:38 pm

    i really love the stars i made

  • ayushi 2012/04/14, 4:24 pm


    I really love these stars.

  • Emily Chang 2012/03/10, 10:31 pm

    My name is Emily Chang
    Why you buy the paper?

  • Noviz 2012/03/07, 11:58 am

    I try to fold this paper stars.Actually, I can folded it.Thank U for your materials & the steps

  • Trish 2012/02/29, 1:12 am

    Found this way after the fact but I love this tutorial :D Somehow making these make me feel happy, and since I’m stressed lately I have a way to destress now! So thank you for this very simple and easy to understand tutorial! :)

  • michelle 2011/06/19, 4:30 pm

    this is so confusing

  • alice 2011/05/15, 7:57 pm

    I followed the instructions..but got so confused after step6 and ended up with a mess :/

  • Lady Gaga Lover 2011/05/12, 2:41 am

    Ok. so the first time i did this it was a complete and total FAIL! then i realized i flattened it too much so it wouldn’t puff. my second one was perfect.
    :) <(")penguin

  • Catherine 2011/05/12, 2:30 am

    WOW!!! this is the only site i could find that has instructions on how to make those kind of stars. all the other sites have are ninja stars. thanks a bunch because i needed them for a class project. awesome!!! keep it up!!!

  • prai 2011/03/30, 11:59 am

    i couldn’t do it but i really want to make it……

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