I was wondering where you found teeny tiny bits of popcorn! I'm glad to see that that was just an artful job of fakery.
As a Floridian, I'm pretty adamant about not using bits that could serve as a feast for six-legged creatures.
And I'm a little embarrassed to admit that the star isn't made out of anything as elegant as origami paper. It's standard printer paper painted gold (thanks to the world of railroad modelers for good metallic paints).