Folded Lucky Stars Tutorial

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For years I used to carry a small tin case with travel scissors and paper. I would fold stars on the bus, waiting rooms, dark movie theaters, and while having conversations with people because folding was like breathing. To give a jar filled with 365 stars to someone showed you thought of them every day of the year. I’ve lost count after a thousand stars but always enjoyed seeing their expression. I’ve decorated greeting cards, the outside of jars, even Christmas trees with them – is it a wonder I used them in my wedding invitations?


There are many tutorials online for folding Lucky Stars but while teaching others how to make it, I’ve learned their number one mistake is creasing the first folds too much. By the time you reach the end and are ready to “puff”, the star is apt to squish to one side rather than separate into it’s 3D glory. Notice how it’s gently folded in place but not sharply creased? If you haven’t had success in the past, please try again with this small change and let me know if it made a difference for you.


I also like to fold around a string as I go, to make a bracelet or a garland of stars. The easiest material to use is ribbons because the width is ready to go and they’re oh-so-shiny.

To see my step-by-step tutorial, please visit my guest post on Ann Martin’s blog, All Things Paper. If you haven’t seen Ann’s work before, prepare to lose a few hours exploring her site. Her wedding certificates are simply exquisite as they enhance the newlyweds’ choice of theme. Any time a beginner quiller asks me for basic steps, I always point them to Ann’s Basic Tutorials because she really pays attention to the nuances and helps people realize quilling is not as hard as it looks. Her  paper projects (check out her washi Easter egg tutorial) entice you to try different techniques and materials.

Ann also interviews paper artists around the world, showcasing their work and highlighting the subtleties. As if her plate isn’t already full scouring the web and offering up the best eye candy, she has also authored a book of the same title, All Things Paper, which is like a hard copy of her popular site – but contains nothing you’ve seen yet. Not only does Ann have uber-human attention to detail, she also has a way with words, describing steps as if painting a picture – the best kind of tutorial maker out there. Thank you for being you, Ann.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Snowy
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 20:47:23

    Where do you buy that green ribbon with the gold edges?


    • Cee
      Jan 05, 2014 @ 10:14:25

      Hi Snowy, I bought it many years ago in Japan while on vacation. I haven’t seen it in North America except for small Asian boutique stores – and it’s comparatively expensive. It’s one of the best ribbons I’ve used for stars because the gold edge gives an extra rigidity to the finished stars yet allows for flexibility in the middle. However, since I can’t get it readily, I simply use what I have on hand. Not all papers/ribbons fold well. Too thin = too soft to work with. Too thick = too difficult to fold so many layers. Just keep playing until you find the right happy medium!

      By the way, I have now stopped posting on this blog and will be using my new blog, so I hope you’ll follow me there!


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