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20 Dec, 2006

DIY gifts part six: lucky stars

Posted by andrea tomkins in: File under crafty

(click image to enlarge)paper stars

The best gift is a reflection of how much effort the giver put into it. Perhaps s/he gave you something you mentioned months ago and long forgotten, or perhaps s/he sat down and made you a hundred stars, thinking about you with each fold that was made. 

You will need: a clear glass bottle (the one in the photo is a bottle I found at a thrift shop) and strips of colourful paper. You can cut your own or buy precut strips in places that sell origami paper. If you’re in Ottawa, Global Express on Somerset carries them. You can also check Ebay. (I wish I had some on hand that I could measure, but the strips are about the width of your finger and 5 or 6″ long. The smaller the paper the smaller the star.)

Folding instructions can be found here. It might seem confusing at first, but once you figure it out it will go quickly.

Make, oh, a couple of hundred (depending on the size of your container) and present your collection of stars to your loved one. I’ve given these as part of a wedding gift, packaged in a pretty bottle, but it would be just as nice to give at Christmastime.

4 Responses to "DIY gifts part six: lucky stars"

1 | robyn

December 20th, 2006 at 10:29 am


oh – these are the greatest!

another fun challenge is paper cranes. 1,000 of them is supposed to be good luck, but, well, that’s a lot of folding.

2 | megan mackay-barr

December 20th, 2006 at 12:38 pm


When I was in Japan I went to the site of Herosheima, where the nuclear bomb was dropped. At the memorial there are hundreds of jars with tiny cranes in them and they were so beautiful. I wanted to take one but my husband wouldn’t let me, something to do with sacred offerings :). Anyway, now I can make my own, thanks!

3 | karrie

December 20th, 2006 at 6:18 pm


Oh, I think I may be able to pull these off as well! Thank you, from the bottom of my my-husband-buys-himself-everything-and-I-am-running-out-of-ideas-for-his-stocking heart. :)

4 | Saturday thrifting >> a peek inside the fishbowl

July 6th, 2009 at 7:54 am


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