It’s quite amazing what you can do with coloured strips of paper! Folding origami stars can become quite relaxing and an almost obsessive pass time. My children have come up with not four, but five ways to use origami stars, and there are many more!
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Tuttle Publishing sent us a package of their Origami Stars Folding Papers, which is available in packets of 500 or 1,000. When the package arrived, it looked like a pad of paper, but when you open up the card stock cover, inside we found 20 little strips in 10 colours cut to 3/8 x 9 3/8 inch size.
Now what on earth can we do with so many strips of paper? That’s what first occurred to me! We’d be folding forever!
Of course, you don’t have to fold them all at once. Like everything in life, just do it one at a time.
The instructions that are included are clear, but it may take a few tries to get the right tension needed to keep things tight, but not so tight that you can’t squeeze the flat pentagon shape into a puffed up ball and then creased into a pointy star with your thumbnails.
Once you get the knack you barely have to watch what you’re doing and you can do several at a time.
Tristan and Kallista also got themselves into the groove folding origami stars!
Now that we had a little pile of paper stars, what would we do with them?
One idea is to write good wishes on the back of the paper and give them to someone, either singly, or keep yourself busy and present someone special with a jar of them for a birthday or special occasion. This would be fun to have guests do at a wedding or graduation party!
A second idea is to string them carefully together with a darning needle and some elastic and make a bracelet, like Kallista did.
As third alternative, she also likes to use this as an accessory in her hair!
To give the stars a little extra robustness, you could give them a coating of white glue mixed with a drop of water after they’ve been strung on the cord. We haven’t yet done this ourselves.
A fourth way to use these stars is to decorate your table with them as you would do with confetti. We’ve done a version of this in a few of our blog posts over the past few weeks to give some colour and interest to our flat-lay photos.
The fifth way we’ve used these Origami Stars Folding Papers is not for folding at all, but as quilling paper! None of us had tried quilling previously and we had a project to do. We like to use what we already have, and although the papers were about twice the width of quilling paper, and it’s only coloured on one side, it worked pretty well! We used it both with a quilling tool, as well as just simply wound around the end of a fine paint brush handle.
So these are five ways we’ve used the Origami Stars Folding Papers. I think they’d also be quite cute strung into a row and used to decorate a Christmas tree, particularly the smaller trees on which light strings look out of place.
Have you folded origami stars before? How did you use them? I’d love to hear about it; please share your ideas in the comments below.