DIY Lucky Origami Stars

About six years ago I took an adventure through China Town in LA and came across a small store that had a jar of cute paper stars. The lady behind the table noticed my interested and told me about them. I remember her telling me a story about them, she showed me the package of paper strips to make them, and then showed me personally how to make them.

I would make them for the fun of it but never give them away. Eventually I lost interest. Funny thing is, I still have that package and I was reminded of them when I was looking for a DIY to write about this week. I researched the story behind them, instructions, and a video just to share with you all.




Japanese Lucky Stars

“Long time ago in Japan, there was a little girl named Hoshi who was fascinated by the stars of the sky. She was absolutely in awe of them and would lie on the grass at night and stare at them for hours, wondering how the little bright specks of light can stay in the air for so long.

One night while watching the stars, something happened in the sky that made her sad and she began to cry. The stars were falling out of heaven like a shower. So many of them were falling that she was afraid there would be no more.

Suddenly she had an idea. Hoshi ran home and came back with a jar and some paper, and she sat down to watch the stars again. For every star that fell, Hoshi made a paper star and placed it in the jar. That night, she made one hundred stars. However, she was still sad because many more fell from the sky and she wasn’t able to fold them all.

Origami Star Jar
The next night, there were only a few stars in the sky. Hoshi was worried, but she had just one more idea. She ran and knocked on all the doors in the village and told all the little boys and girls to come out. She explained to them what was happening and they all wanted to help. That night they made two thousand stars and every kid placed their own stars in their own jar.

And then something magical happened. More stars began to appear in the sky and all the little boys and girls were happy. Hoshi spoke and said, “These stars are lucky because of us. From now on, these paper stars will be called lucky stars.” Hoshi then looked up at the sky and said, “Whenever a lucky star is made, a falling star is saved.”

The little boys and girls have all grown up now and to this day, still make lucky stars and place them in a jar. Although they have brought luck to the falling stars, some say that the stars have brought luck to them.

“Whenever a lucky star is made, a falling star is saved.””

Story from Origami Way

It’s believed that a jar of lucky stars is the perfect gift for a loved one. Some have given it a little twist by adding a sweet note to each paper strip before folding it into a star.


1 star: The only Love
2 stars: The happy and compatible couple
9 stars: Love for the lifetime
55 stars: Love you without any regret
99 stars: The borderless love
101 stars: You are the one only in my life
129 stars: The forever and ever love
365 stars: The whole year of blessing
548 stars: Wishing you love me endlessly
999 stars: Everlasting love
10,000 stars: Love you 10,000 years

For instructions with step by step photos, check out

Or check out the video from BunnieClaire on Youtube


I’m contemplating starting something for my birthday. Something to keep up with every day until my next birthday. This just might be it!

Create your own Lucky Stars, take a picture and share it with us on Instagram!
Use the hashtag #TLAWluckystar and we will repost it.


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