June 15, 2006

Welcome to Fold a Star

This is a site dedicated to the humble Origami Star:

You’ll find information, history, and of course How to fold a star. If you have any questions or comments, leave them on the site, or email me directly. Thanks for stopping by.

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92 responses to "Welcome to Fold a Star"

  1. # Carley commented on June 25th, 2006:

    What a wonderful website! I love how you came up with the idea to post an instructional video!

    I’ve been a devoted origami star folder for the past 5 years. It’s such an addictive hobby… once I start making them, I can’t stop! Right now I’m working on filling a fishbowl with them, which is almost half-full with tiny stars, medium stars, and large stars. I like making necklaces with them, too.

    I take a little jar with me and make them at restaurants as a time-waster. Everyone asks me questions about them, and sometimes I’ll leave a couple stars with the waiter’s tip.

    While watching your video, I noticed that you make a loop around your finger with the paper when forming your knot. I form my knot a little differently. I also noticed that you use mainly your index finger while “puffing” it out… I just use my thumb. It’s so cool to see someone else’s techniques!

    From Carley, an avid starfolder

  2. # kastner commented on June 25th, 2006:

    Carley: Thank you so much for your comment!
    I’d love to see a video of your technique, if at all possible.

    I’ve started doing something slightly differently (I’m pretty new to this), to make the knot faster, I line up the tail that will be folded first halfway between the two other parts of the paper, then crease. This makes it so I don’t have to pull that tail at all – I just worry about the long tail.

    I have a coke bottle half filled (a small glass one). I had to take a break because I ran out of that type of paper, and ToyToGo isn’t being very helpful in getting more! When I’m done, I’m going to post LOTS of pictures!

  3. # Fold an Origami Star » Carley’s Stars pingbacked on June 26th, 2006:

    [...] After Carley left a “comment”:http://www.foldastar.com/welcome-to-fold-a-star/#comment-3, I just had to find out more! Turns out she’s an avid star maker too. Here’s some pictures of her project! (Video coming soon of how she folds her stars): [...]

  4. # alecks commented on June 30th, 2006:

    heya, for those newbies to this i made some quick paper


  5. # kastner commented on June 30th, 2006:

    Wow, that’s awesome! Can I put that on foldastar.com?

  6. # alecks commented on June 30th, 2006:

    sure you can ^_^

  7. # Jesse commented on July 21st, 2006:

    Hi! I just wanted to thank you. Of all the instructions on the web, yours helped the most! I just finished my first star.

  8. # Ann commented on November 15th, 2006:

    HELP! I am folding these & having an awful time getting them to Puff up. As I am using regular copy paper right now, can I assume that is a part of the problem? Will it be easier with a thinner paper?

    And Carly ever post her video, would love to see her technique too.

    Thanks – Ann

  9. # kastner commented on November 15th, 2006:

    Yes, paper makes a HUGE difference!
    Order some star paper, it will help.

  10. # Clara commented on November 29th, 2006:

    Hello. Thank you so much for the help on this website! Yesterday i was ill and i stayed home from school with nothing to do and i was bored and i found this website and it’s great! I spent ages yesterday afternoon learning how to make a star and finally i can do it. I’ve filled an empty jam jar with the stars I’ve made and now i can’t stop making them! My friend from Korea gave me lots of oragami paper so it’s quite easy to make the stars. I love making them!

  11. # sean commented on November 29th, 2006:

    Hello. does anyone know how to make star but LARGE ones? I am looking for one large enough in order to put on top of a christmas tree. (its for an inside joke) I am willing to compensate as well. Please email me at pimpshet@hotmail.com

  12. # wendy commented on December 28th, 2006:

    how do you do a paper star?Please put the instructions on the page
    thank you

  13. # wendy commented on December 28th, 2006:

    please type the instructions please once again thank you very much

  14. # Amie commented on January 2nd, 2007:

    nice video! i was wondering what size the strip of paper you used was. thanks

  15. # kastner commented on January 2nd, 2007:

    Amie, I believe the paper is 7mm wide by 150mm (about a quarter inch by 6 inches).
    It’s also very thin. You can order it online for about $1 per 90 strips

  16. # Alexandra Coffin commented on January 4th, 2007:

    ah, finally!
    star folding instructions!
    it took forever,
    but i finally found out what i was doing wrong.

  17. # Eileen commented on January 7th, 2007:

    thx sooo much! i jus started yesterday and i can’t stop! I’m starting to make them out of magazine paper! They work great!

  18. # Susan commented on January 21st, 2007:

    Thank you for your website. The video was very helpful and your tip to shop at opane.com too! I’m new at this! Seems to be fun so I may offer them to my Sunday School children and see if the kids like getting them for ‘good behavior’. Thanks again!

  19. # Mary commented on January 21st, 2007:

    That webside is very cool :D

    I’m from Poland so i don’t speak english very good :D

  20. # Jaydee commented on January 31st, 2007:

    Hey! I like making these. It’s just something to do to past the time! I make them and put them in a star shaped container. I’m the only guy i know that makes them ‘^_^.

    People from my job were asking me if there really is a point. I just do them because there fun and look cool, but is there really a point. I mean, does it have any specific meaning (i.e Luck) I’m just curious….

  21. # kastner commented on January 31st, 2007:

    Jaydee – I’m a guy!

    There is a point – it is said that if you make 100 stars, and give them to the one you like for valentine’s day – you’ll have love.

    Or something like that :)

  22. # Dee commented on February 20th, 2007:

    is there another meaning to the star.
    isnt it good luck or something.
    im curious too.
    im making some right now, its so cute. im thinking of giving a jar to my friend.

  23. # Mackenzie commented on February 25th, 2007:

    I love folding stars (I fold them all the time)!
    I am sorta running out of nice patterned paper to make them with, and I was wondering if you could add some patterned printable star paper.
    I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

  24. # john commented on March 3rd, 2007:

    What paper did you use on the video?

  25. # nav commented on March 5th, 2007:

    ooo that was so cool :] just totally made my day :D tyyyy!


  26. # rua_de_sol commented on April 4th, 2007:

    Awesome….i’m lovin them
    But i am having hard time to puff them up!!! How do ya do it?

  27. # Band_Geek commented on May 13th, 2007:

    I heard that if you make 100 of these stars you get a wish. I’ve heard a lot of different things. I’ve been making these since elementary school, and just re-picked it up. I figured out that graph paper like you’d get at target or something works well with these if you cut a strip that’s as wide as one unit on the paper and as long as the sheet is tall.

    These stars ROCK!

  28. # Matt commented on June 4th, 2007:

    hi i am making these stars and i just started wondering if there was any history behind it. can you tell me if there is?

  29. # lumia commented on June 16th, 2007:

    hi, i stumbled across this site and I LOVE IT!!! I subconsciously have been starting to make these with drinking straw wrappers… Never got to the final steps of making them pretty though. Now i can. Thanks!!

  30. # Pocky commented on June 18th, 2007:

    I really love these folding stars, but just curious. Could you perhaps use strips of paper from a paper shredder? I have one at home but I have yet to try it out, afraid that it might not be the right size. X:

  31. # kastner commented on June 18th, 2007:

    You totally can use paper from a shredder, but it’s a bit thick to puff out well

  32. # Sophie commented on June 29th, 2007:

    I first made stars over two years ago, and that was on vacationin LA. So until now I haven’t really been folding stars. But once I got the hang of it again, I made as many as i could! I’m on vacation in Taiwan, and you can buy a whole bunch of really nice paper for only 10 yen which is about 30 cents. It’s awesome and I’ve already made half of the stars I bought yesterday!

  33. # Marishka commented on July 13th, 2007:

    Well…i try and try, but i cant do this, I love this star, but i cant….T-T
    help me please
    and congratulations for the website :p

  34. # Christina commented on July 16th, 2007:

    Hello :) I came across this site yesterday, and found it very helpful when it came to making these adorable stars. I’ve already filled a cup with them, heh ^^

  35. # Phil commented on July 17th, 2007:

    hi, im having a lot of trouble puffing them up but the paper i’m using is star paper. it has this glossy side so whenever i make a star, right the before the puffing one side is thick and the other is thin.

    is this the problem?

  36. # Anne Reed commented on July 23rd, 2007:

    thank you for teaching me how to make such wonderful, cute stars! they’re so easy and so pretty! im going to make heaps! hehe. x

  37. # Carly commented on July 26th, 2007:

    Beautiful site! was just wondering how u make bigger stars? mine still dont turn out perfect, but they are getting there!

  38. # Kate commented on August 6th, 2007:

    While searching for the meaning behind the wishing stars I came across your website and say all the comments left. I learned how to make wishing stars when I was in 6th grade by a chinese girl in my class, and have been making them ever since. I’m currently filling a Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice Bottle with yellow wishing stars for my boyfriend, and with it i’m giving him a card with the meaning and the traditions behind them but it had been so long since my friend, Rachel, told me what they were.. I’ve found some information but I was really hoping to find out more and I thought with such an amazing amount of feedback you’ve gotten someone might be able to give me some insight. Keep up the starmaking! Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks a bunch!

  39. # JESS commented on August 13th, 2007:

    hold the corners with ur thumb and the finger next to you thumb on the corneres of the pentagon and puff it up .. but rember not to hold the flat part orelse one side of the star will ge dented in , dw i had problems at the start to XD

  40. # Ivy commented on October 12th, 2007:

    100 stars for luck? That’s cool. I made 1000 paper cranes for luck… this seems easier.

  41. # Aimee commented on October 25th, 2007:

    Wow! This is so much fun! I ordered some paper from Opane last week, and started folding this week. What’s more, my fiancé immediately decided he wanted to learn to fold as well, so we’ve been foldin’ away!

    So, here’s our plan. We’re getting married in October of 2008, and we want to have thousands of white and silver stars for the flower girls to throw instead of the usual petals, and possibly, if we’re ambitious, or have help, for the guests to throw instead of rice/bubbles.

    So, my question is, does anyone know where I can get just silver star folding paper? We can use it in either direction if it’s just silvered on one side, and make silver and white stars that way.

    Also, does anyone know how one would go about shipping the stars? I have friends out of town who’d be willing to help, but I have no idea how they’d get the stars to us!

    Any help is super appreciated!

  42. # MO commented on October 30th, 2007:

    Hi I was wondering what the history od start folding is. I LOVE star folding.
    Can you type out the history?
    And do you have a printable design that you can post so that we can use the design?

  43. # vengence commented on October 31st, 2007:

    hey guys! try this.
    ii had the original Origami star fold paper scanned from my printer and with a little bit of editing from myself.
    this paper includes patterns of coz.
    This is without guide lines:
    This is with guide lines:
    Copyright. not mine.
    ii forgotten the company name. XP

    Kastner if this is illegal pls delete my comment away.
    =]] ii don want to break the law. ^^

  44. # Gelmarie commented on October 31st, 2007:

    hi i was wondering if you can make a web page that tells me how to do it step, by step. LOVE IT!

  45. # Emilee commented on November 2nd, 2007:

    I just stumbled upon this site today and I’m already hooked! I ordered a bunch of star paper not too long ago and I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can start folding!

    Aimee -
    That sounds like such a great idea. You could perhaps have them put the stars into a jar, put the jar in a box and then ship the box! :)

  46. # Aimee commented on November 2nd, 2007:

    Gelmarie, look at the top of the comment page. There’s a link to how to fold a star. There’s also a video.

    Emilee, that’s a great idea. I may have to have them do that. I still haven’t had any luck finding just silver star paper, so I bought some origami paper online. Now I just need to get a paper cutter!

  47. # Hannah commented on November 24th, 2007:

    I’m so glad to find this website! I spend almost all my spare time making them. right now I’ve got them in an old bubble gum machine. It’s about half full too. Thankfully, there are loads of places here that sell star paper. Does anyone know how to fold the straw ones? Maybe?

  48. # Patricia commented on December 8th, 2007:

    Um…Where did the step-by-step part go?


  49. # Sarah commented on December 12th, 2007:

    Thank you for this lovely site and lovely star.
    I write a blog (in German!) for parents and recommended your site.
    You will find my article under this link:
    Greetings from Berlin!

  50. # Maigan & James Galloway commented on January 2nd, 2008:

    My dad and I have started making these stars today. I was given them on Christmas day. The instructions we got didn’t make sense. But now we have seen your video they do make sense. Thankyou for showing my Dad and I how to do it. I am about to make my own patterns for my stars.
    From Maigan [aged 7]

  51. # Brenna commented on January 5th, 2008:

    I’ve just been making these for about three or four days now…Its so addicting! Helps a lot if I’m in a bad mood or if I’m nervous, anyone with OCD should do this, hehehe…
    Does anyone have any problems getting the holographic shiny paper to puff up? Sometimes I have great ones turn out, and sometimes they suck horribly! The regular paper ones all look awesome though.

  52. # Princessmwm commented on January 21st, 2008:


    I was wondering where do you get the holographic paper? i was just really curios and thanks for this site!!! it helps a whole lot!!!!


  53. # matt commented on January 31st, 2008:

    dude your stars r awesome i just love making them its soooo addictive i love and that bowl of stars is coool the stars are gonna bepassed down through the family!! thanks!

  54. # matt commented on January 31st, 2008:


  55. # matt commented on February 4th, 2008:

    dude sorry 2 bug u i just wanted u to e-mail me at mcarroll65@yahoo.com!

  56. # Darkie commented on February 24th, 2008:

    I’ve found puffing up is easy if you first fold the star loosely with air inside. Before, I did it all tight and puffing it up was horrible!
    How do you get all the points of the star when puffed up to be even?

  57. # Yumi commented on March 11th, 2008:

    hi, decided to make some origami stars for a 1 month anniversary and it was really easy from your tutorial!
    many thanks

  58. # color*lover commented on March 23rd, 2008:

    Hey! I LOVE your stars! They’re awesome. But, I can’t figure out how to make them. I’ve watched the video lots of times, but i still cannot figure it out! If nit wouldn’t be too much troube, could you please put step by step instructions on the website so i could possibly make some stars? Oh, yes, I forgot one thing- how do you get the special paper? Does regular printer paper work? I’ve tried it with this paper, and it sort of kinda worked. Not really. I don’t know if i’m doping it the right way. It would be nice if you had instructions on the site.

  59. # Kacey commented on April 1st, 2008:

    I just want to ask if anyone here knows how many stars = what meaning all i know is 520 = i love you and 1314 is forever and love

  60. # Deadlyrose commented on April 5th, 2008:

    why do people fold paper stars? is there ani meaning for it ? like most of the ppl fold for like 1000 paper stars and gave it to their special person .. if so can u all pls tell me

    thnks :)

  61. # Deadlyrose commented on April 5th, 2008:

    waitt lol
    i got it
    Extra information:
    30 stars = Thinking of you…
    99 stars = Forever thinking of you…
    100 stars = Full blessing from the heart…
    520 stars = I love you…
    1314 stars = Forever…

  62. # nikki commented on April 27th, 2008:

    Dudo, I found an awesome place to get star paper! Its a little store called Tokyo. I’m a 5th grader who 2 days ago mastered the art of star folding. I don’t know why but its addictive!! I have to at least make one a day or else I’ll go nuts!!!!

  63. # HeatLover commented on May 9th, 2008:

    Do u know how to make a puff up heart like the star.. i have seem it somewhere before but can’t find instruction

  64. # kljk commented on May 23rd, 2008:

    how do you do it!!!

  65. # Akane commented on June 11th, 2008:

    A few tips:
    1. When folding [ the repititive right/left steps xD ] make sure that the paper is aligned with the edges. Also, make sure you do it tight, but not too tight.

    2. Like with all origami, sloppy jobs will result in failure TTATT So take your time!

    3. If you mess up, you can always unfold it and do it again…

    I had more but I forgot them orzlll

  66. # Ki commented on June 18th, 2008:

    well i been making stars for 8 years now and i have to say i mastered making stars…the best stars to make are the pastel stars, they are thin and clear…popping them well that’s a whole different story, easy to pop but they’ll make your index and thumb fingers go numb but it’s worth it…

    well anyways getting to the point, i was wondering if anyone knows any good sites that sale star jars. i looking for a special kind of jar, i have one but i need another. i bought the current one in cali and i don’t visit cali too often. the jar is lays horizontally and has two stars combined…it’s a rare jar to find…

  67. # e n j e r u ; commented on August 1st, 2008:

    omg, i love origami stars. they became my addiction .. and my goal is to give it to my boyfriend :) but, do you know where i can buy the cute jars used to fill them?

  68. # Tine commented on August 7th, 2008:

    Hi, this is a great wegsite =) i’m from Germany, i like this stars very much… i loye stars =))

    Thanks…and i hope i will make the stars as famous as everywhere else =)

  69. # Kelly:-) commented on October 16th, 2008:

    if you read comments, can you email me? Where did you learn? I can get a Klutz© book, like I did along time ago ( UGH! I was like, in 1st grade, now im in 6th! I am SO mad at myself for loosing it! ) but it was SO HARD to learn ( you can see know why I lost it…) PLZ!


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  70. # Kelly:-) commented on October 16th, 2008:

    the /\ \/ \/ thingee wuz SUPPOSED 2 b a star… but the thinees at the end were erased


  71. # Allen commented on October 25th, 2008:

    Hi, I’m trying to surprise my girlfriend by giving her 1215(one for each day since we started going out up to Christmas) of these stars but I can not find a jar large enough to hold it. I’m trying to find a heart shaped one. if anyone can suggest a website where I can order one or tell me where I can get one in NYC that would be great.

  72. # Kevin commented on December 8th, 2008:

    Hi and I am a starmaker, cept Ima guy. Most ppl think that its “gay”. Anyways does anyone know the meaning about the stars? Whats the whole point. I mean theyre pretty, but still. And i was trying to make my own personalized star paper (i have to give one to everyone in my class) and im having a little trouble on the size of the lines. Im doing it on microsoft word and i want to have their names along with cute christmas pictures. Thxxx!!!

  73. # ken commented on December 9th, 2008:

    1000 = love with no regret.

  74. # mini_cupcake commented on February 11th, 2009:

    the best way to get shiny or colored paper, is to buy wrapping paper with the one inch grid on the back, and measuring them so that you have 6inch by .25inch strips, you can get 24 papers from a six inch square. i used silver paper to make stars, and then strung them on fishing line, and made constellations with them. I only have 775 left until i have 1000 to give my boyfriend for Val Day!

  75. # Sarah Michelle commented on May 4th, 2009:

    I just made a couple of stars **my first ones**, and they are HIDEOUS. I wonder why? Any suggestions?

  76. # bubbi commented on July 7th, 2009:

    Does anyone know the meaning on the amount of starts you put in each jar?

  77. # Samantha commented on July 8th, 2009:

    I’ve made so many of these things in the last year… I made about 8,000 for my wedding (tossed some on the table loose, more in little pouches, strung some from my bouquet…) and have done several more for other people. :)

    I’ve gotten a lot of paper for a good price from paperandmore.com, especially metallic paper (their “text weight”). It’s thick enough that the stars hold up really well, but not so thick that it hurts your fingers to try to puff them out! I also use Wassau printer paper in a variety of colors (“astrobright” paper and pastel…). I got a paper trimmer from Michael’s for about $20 and it’s been great. :)

  78. # Sanjyoti commented on August 31st, 2009:

    This is a wonderful website.I love stars very much you know.Thanks To This Website.

  79. # Simonaa commented on October 20th, 2009:

    How large can you make an origamis “puffy” star?

  80. # Simonaa commented on October 20th, 2009:

    Also, where can I get glass jars for cheap? I have hundreds, literally, hundreds of stars at home made, but nothing to place them in……help?

  81. # gloria commented on October 22nd, 2009:

    i found a site with a bunch of cool designs but the only problem is that when you print them, the design part is kind of short but you can fix it by cutting the strips longer onto the white part and start folding at the white part


  82. # justin commented on January 12th, 2010:

    has anyone tried to make a star using this method but with more points?

  83. # Shirlox commented on March 26th, 2010:

    Oh my..
    If 1000 = love with no regret
    then… What does it mean if I fold more than 4000 stars for my bf LOL

  84. # HappyDAz commented on April 20th, 2010:

    OMG my school bookshop sells star paper from 50 cents to $1 each!!! I never knew I was so lucky.

    Anyway, the packet I have right now has the meanings at the back (direct translation from Chinese):

    1- Love
    55- I love you with no complaints
    66- Hope our love is smooth-sailing
    99- I will love you for a very long time
    101- You are my one and only
    129- I will love you forever
    548- Irrevocably in love with you
    999- I will love you forever and always
    1000- No regrets in loving you

  85. # Myiesha commented on May 29th, 2010:

    Does anyone know where I can buy them??? I need reliable place online that I can purchase them. Thanks!

  86. # ~J~ commented on August 30th, 2010:


    From what I gathered, it’s mostly to do with luck and wishing all the best. It’s also to let people know that you think of them. I asked a girl at a store once, and through rough mime and little English, I gathered that taking the time to make one and giving it to someone is a big deal because you take time out of your day to think of someone else and present them with something to let them know.

    Jars and Paper There are a few little stores around. I go to Morning Glory for mine, especially when they have a sale on, because you can buy over 100 little strips with a jar and various patterns from the starting price of $3.00 (before % off) up to $15.00.

    Hope that’s helpful?

  87. # Ryu commented on February 12th, 2011:

    Haha wanted to know the meaning of stars or if there was any xD was never a fan of origami i mean i LOVED making spinners and fortune tellers back in elementary school(now soph in highschool) but my sister got me into star folding dont do it often but love it :D its a great pass time

  88. # Nem commented on October 11th, 2011:

    I always wanted to make these! Thanks so much your instructions are so easy to use and my star looks fab! I am going to use these in a string to make a fab christmas decoration! Thanks again!

  89. # Chloé commented on December 30th, 2011:

    I’ve recently ordered some lovely pastel paper from amazon that I’ll be using to make my first ever paper stars. I want to write a wish inside that I want to come true for a friend and then give it to them. At the end of 2012, she can open it and see if my wish for her has come true :3. Paper stars are bursting with positivity and love. Writing down wishes and dreams really keeps you focused, and turning them into stars is a beautiful idea. I will be making these stars forever :3.

  90. # Alison commented on January 22nd, 2012:

    I love making paper stars! I currently have over 1,200 and making more. I use scrapbooking paper. I take a ruler and measure out 1/2 strips and then cut them. Its so easy!

  91. # Gail commented on February 2nd, 2012:

    I love making star, I make mine out of the gift wrapping ribbon not the thin small ones i use the medium size width ones, you can get lots of different colors.

  92. # Clara commented on April 18th, 2012:

    I have been folding stars for about three to four months now and I really love to do it as a hobby even though I am sixteen… I am actually folding for some one that I like… I hope there is special meaning for folding these stars…

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