How to Make a Paper Wishing Star

These mini paper stars are super cute!

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Cross the ends of the strip over. You should have a long end and a short end.

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Tuck the short end through the hole, and pull both ends gently. In essence, you have just tied a simple knot with paper. Pull the ends until the knot is angular looking, and not too puffy.

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Flatten the knot by squishing it against a hard surface with your thumb.

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Turn it over, and position the short tail downward.

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Fold the short tail up against the knot. If it is too long, just trim it a little.

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Flip it over, and make sure that the long tail is down.

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Fold the tail up to the right. Make sure you folds are crisp and taut.

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Flip it over. Again, tail down.

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Fold the tail up to the left.

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Flip it over.

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Fold up to the right. Make sure these folds stay tight.

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Flip it over.

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Fold up to the left. Continue this pattern, left right, left, right, until...

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You have a short tail left. Flip your paper so that the tail is coming from the back, as though you were going to continue folding.

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Notice the triangle shaped pocket formed by the overlapping paper. ( sorry about the blurry picture)

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Tuck the tail into this pocket do that you end up with a neat little pentagon. Tucking into the pocket can be tricky, but don't give up!

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Use your fingernail to gently dent one of the side walls.

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Turn you paper, and dent another side. The pentagon will begin to puff up.

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Continue turning and denting until you are happy with your star!

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Make a bunch! If you have any questions or comments, let me know in the comments. I will try to help anyone who needs clarification. Let me know how you wishing stars turn out!

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