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fifiramone
« on: January 21, 2007 04:31:45 PM »

Hi,

Well I made this for my boyfriend for our anniversary in december but I thought i'd share it incase it helps give anyone ideas for valentines day!





On the piece of card, I explained the story behind lucky stars, there's a particular day in the japanese year called 'Tanabata' or 'star day' where they believe that many years ago, a girl and a boy worked for a god, i think he was a shepherd and she was a maid. They were very lonely until one day they met and fell in love, their work suffered so the god seperated them. They were seperated by a milky way, and on this day every year the japanese wish for clear skies so they can cross the milky way. I said that in the jar I had made a wish on every star in the milky way so we would never be parted, its a bit cheesy but let me know what you think!

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2007 05:11:15 PM »

Cute!  How do you make those little stars?  I've always wondered, because they just look impossibly small to be just folded bits of paper Smiley. Do you know a website with a tutorial on making them?  I really like them and I hope your boyfriend did too!
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2007 05:18:33 PM »

hey, thanks! here's a website with some instructions they aren't terribly clear so it takes some working out but once you've made one or two it's pretty easy, let me know if you have any problems!

http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/japan/morigami_star.htm

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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2007 07:22:34 PM »

hey, thanks! here's a website with some instructions they aren't terribly clear so it takes some working out but once you've made one or two it's pretty easy, let me know if you have any problems!

http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/japan/morigami_star.htm



okay, so i prettymuch love you! haha sorry if that's creepy. you see, i'm doing a thing for my boyfriend for v-day which WAS going to be 121 reasons why i love him...and i was going to write each reason on a strip of paper and roll it up and tie it with ribbon. so he'd like, have to untie every single one. ha. but now i think, because of your amazing example, i shall make 121 of those painfully adorable stars and put the reasons inside of those. or whatever. i'll figure something out. i have to use those.  thanks for the inspiration
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2007 07:55:00 PM »

Wow!  What a great idea, and such a nice presentation.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2007 08:27:45 PM »

oh! another idea would be to do little origami hearts...if you're looking for a more v-day themed thing
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2007 01:04:06 AM »

hearts would be awesome! I dunno how hard they'd be though, i might look into it! Glad you like them Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2007 07:22:43 PM »

I did that for my guy a few years back.  It went down really well and he still has the jar.  I used a tall jar in the shape of a lady I found in a $2 shop.
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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2007 07:57:45 PM »

Christmas four years ago I filled a HUGE wooden bowl full of these in Red, Green, and Gold for my mother. She was having a party and wanted them. I took me days and lots of construction paper which I cut at Kinkos (my husband was working there at the time). Ahhhhgg. No more than a few at a time anymore for me. AS for what happened to all the stores, my brother (who isn't really my brother, he is the son of the woman I'm named after and was around for a year studying abroad) sent a package to his mother after christmas (boys can't always be bothered to send presents on time) and used them as packing peanuts. His sister then strung them up to put on die Tanenbaum as he is from Berlin.
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2007 09:00:32 PM »

so i think i'm going to go with red, white, and pink stars...i looked at different heart origami things and none of them were nearly as cute as these little stars. so stars it is.
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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2007 09:37:16 PM »

took me days and lots of construction paper which I cut at Kinkos (my husband was working there at the time). Ahhhhgg. No more than a few at a time anymore for me.
Whoa!  You cut up your own strips, that is hardcore.  I bought mine, lucky I did, I almost didn't make the deadline as it was.
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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2007 01:02:32 PM »

I bought mine too, cutting them yourself? That is pure dedication!!
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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2007 06:08:01 PM »

I bought mine too, cutting them yourself? That is pure dedication!!

it's really not that bad. i have a paper cutter thing for scrapbooking and i cut out 121 strips today and it didnt take any time at all. i didnt even know you COULD buy strips
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2007 06:56:11 PM »

I like cutting my own better actually. I can make sure that I get the perfect kind of paper. Several of the Japanaphil stores near me only sell this plastisized stuff that just doesn't hold a crease properly. I don't like it. Your average copy paper cut into half inch strips on a paper cutter works a treat though, and you can get most colors, or color it up yourself!
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2007 05:18:44 AM »

What are you gonna do with your stars when you've made them burstandbloom? The colour scheme sounds really nice! Just so you know i made just over 500 to fill that jar, but it didn't take that long!
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« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2007 05:21:45 AM »

Those are fun to make, but I could never figure out what to do with them. I've seen people make earrings with them, but I like how they look in a jar.
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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2007 05:38:54 AM »

Thanks  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2007 10:26:22 AM »

What are you gonna do with your stars when you've made them burstandbloom? The colour scheme sounds really nice! Just so you know i made just over 500 to fill that jar, but it didn't take that long!

well...i am writing 121 reasons why i love my boyfriend. on reason on each strip, then making the strips into the stars. then putting them in a cutely decorated box for him for v-day! yay! haha i'll probably have to color the end piece black or something so it shows a bit so he'll be able to unfold the stars.
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« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2007 08:53:06 PM »

Pretty!

I'm trying to fill a giant (it didn't seem giant when I bought it, but after 2 weeks of making stars...) cookie jar full of them. I bought rainbow colored copy paper, and I'm cutting it into strips as I go. I started with tiny strips, like 1/4 inch, but the longer I go, the wider they're becoming.

I've found that you can't go much bigger than 1/2 inch, though, or they just don't bend in. (If that makes any sense.)

What did you use to make the creases that puff them up? I started with my fingernail, but when my nail started to ache, I switched to a seam ripper. It works pretty well, but I was wondering if there was something better.
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« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2007 10:46:36 PM »

well i've made about 50 so far...and i've got 71 more to go...and i'm still using my finger nail. it doesnt hurt at all. so i guess i can't help much. maybe like on of those letter opener things would work? i don't know. good luck with all your stars
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« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2007 04:27:59 PM »

I love this idea! I've been trying to figure out what to send my boyfriend (long distance relationship). He lives in CA (I'll be there in March), and sent me a mix CD with a song "California Stars" on it. So, I can tie that into the theme.

I wrote him a bunch of things that I liked about him for xmas, and stuck it in felt fortune cookies. So, I don't want to repeat that with this. Though, he is running out of cookies to open and he said he wanted more. So, maybe I'll also include a little something on the stars.

Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2007 09:30:30 AM »

I dont have this information myself, but Im sure you could find it somewhere online, but my Korean old best friend said that there were certain numbers of stars to give to mean certain things-not that it really matters unless the person receiving knows that-but she made me something like 1000 once and it was to signify friendship and it was incredible!!  Still one of my very favorite gifts Ive ever been given!!!
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« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2007 05:31:28 PM »

I did that a few months ago for my boy as a "just because" kind of thing...
I got about a gazillion pieces of paper, and wrote all sorts of cutesy things on them. Inside jokes and whatnot.
And then I folded them. And put them in a jar. I told him that every time he is sad or something he shoudl open one, and think of me.
And he does. : )
He tapes them to his wall and it makes me feel special.
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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2007 10:33:15 PM »

too cute! stealing this idea for sure!

would someone mind posting the site where they found the history/story of the stars? I've spent 40 minuts on google for naught.
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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2007 11:16:17 PM »

I tried to do these yesterday and failed miserably!!
Has anyone got any tips to help me out?
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« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2007 11:51:16 PM »

I got my stars from a store that sells Asian gifts and stationery.  I picked up a pack of rainbow paper strips and the instructions were on the back, I didn't have trouble with the instructions, even though there was no English.  The diagrams were good enough. 

I don't think giving out the name of the store will help, seeing as it is in Brisbane, Australia (and you are probably from the US).  but just for fun, it is called Morning Glory.  Honestly, not kidding.  I have to wonder if the name had any impact on the success of the store.  They were all over the place just a few years ago, now I only know of one still operating.
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« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2007 05:22:57 PM »

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!! so cute

I love Japanese stuff; haven't heard this story before Tongue
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« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2007 02:46:45 PM »

Ok, here's the stuff about the japanese star festival, this is just a wiki link but you'll find lots more if you search 'Tanabata'!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata

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« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2007 03:32:30 PM »

I got my stars from a store that sells Asian gifts and stationery.  I picked up a pack of rainbow paper strips and the instructions were on the back, I didn't have trouble with the instructions, even though there was no English.  The diagrams were good enough. 

I don't think giving out the name of the store will help, seeing as it is in Brisbane, Australia (and you are probably from the US).  but just for fun, it is called Morning Glory.  Honestly, not kidding.  I have to wonder if the name had any impact on the success of the store.  They were all over the place just a few years ago, now I only know of one still operating.
ohh morning glory is like a world wide store. they have it in the states too. well they used to. it's like a korean gift store haha. you can basically get those strips from anywhere that's an asian gift store. i always just buy the strips. i've made 500 in 3 days. my fingers hurt so much from that.

for my 100th day with my bf i'm going to make 100 stars and write reasons why i <3 him on the strips and then fold them up and put it in a cute jar that those gift stores sell made to put the stars in. it seems stupid because he wont be able to read them but i think it's cuter that way because he'll be tempted to undo them and try to read them all. haha :]
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« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2007 03:35:40 PM »

i've been contemplating whether to do this for him for valentine's day but i think im going to wait till july 7 which is when the tanabata festival is usually held. annnddd, this year, it's going to be 07-07-07!!! our fav. number is both 7 =)

here is the tanabata story: http://www.tokyowithkids.com/entertainment/tanabata_myth.html
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« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2007 05:07:14 PM »

I really love this!  I'm totally going to use this for my sweetie...when you've been together as long as we have you start to run out of ideas!  Thanks so much for posting it!
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« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2007 07:38:23 PM »

gah this is so freakin cute! i wonder if a can get a bunch done by wednesday! hmmmm deffinatly worth a try! thanks!
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« Reply #32 on: February 13, 2007 05:46:15 AM »

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gah this is so freakin cute! i wonder if a can get a bunch done by wednesday! hmmmm deffinatly worth a try! thanks!

Yeh you'll get it done easy, they don't take too long to make, they just need patience! And damn it! If i'd realised it was 07/07/07 this year I would of waited and done it then!
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« Reply #33 on: January 22, 2008 06:37:24 AM »

I love you for life! I am going to make these for my boyfriend for Valentines day on the jar and I am going to have the super cheeseo quote "Last night I looked up and matched each star with a reason why I love you. I was doing great until I ran out of stars." HOWEVER, I would like to write a reason inside each of the stars for him to open up over time. Once folded how easily can these be unfolded? And is there a certain sized strip I should used to make sure he will be able to unfold them?
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« Reply #34 on: January 22, 2008 12:29:28 PM »

Now I have to wonder if you could fit tiny scraps of paper inside of those stars to mix with this: http://www.pixiedustgifts.com/gifts/category/sayings/108index3-27-0.php
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« Reply #35 on: January 22, 2008 02:23:10 PM »

Now I have to wonder if you could fit tiny scraps of paper inside of those stars to mix with this: http://www.pixiedustgifts.com/gifts/category/sayings/108index3-27-0.php

what i did last year was write on the actual paper strips, and he had to undo each star to get the message inside.
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« Reply #36 on: January 23, 2008 06:26:15 AM »

Where do I go about purchasing the paper to make these? Like what size? Because the strips come in different sizes, I think I may just get the biggest I can find. I only found one that came out to be 11inches long. Sad
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« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2008 12:26:46 PM »

I love you for life! I am going to make these for my boyfriend for Valentines day on the jar and I am going to have the super cheeseo quote "Last night I looked up and matched each star with a reason why I love you. I was doing great until I ran out of stars." HOWEVER, I would like to write a reason inside each of the stars for him to open up over time. Once folded how easily can these be unfolded? And is there a certain sized strip I should used to make sure he will be able to unfold them?


i made 273 stars (yeah i counted them) , like these for my boyfriend last year.i even wrote messages inside. They turned out really cute.but the tip of my fingers started to hurt.  about your question. well, once you unfold it, it is really easy to be folded again, cuz the creases have already been made. but after unfolding it alot of times, it becomes really flat.  and a good guide for the sizes of the strips, would be the lines in a notebook paper. it's length and width are fine.
i hope i was of help. and you i hope you can understand my English, cuz it's not my first language.
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« Reply #38 on: January 23, 2008 12:44:32 PM »

from my experience of making 121 one these...the best sized strip is around a half inch x 11in
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« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2009 08:29:01 AM »

these are amazing. i have been obsessed with stars for as long as i can remember and me being the hopeless romantic that i am have also been planning my wedding. my boyfriend's family is from mexico and i think mexicans look so good in hot pink and white people look good in royal blue which are my two favorite colors so i am hoping those will be my wedding colors and i will have the white people wear blue and hispanics wear pink. anyways to cut to the chase i think it would be awesome (and not to mention much cheaper) to make a bunch of these in those two colors to decorate the tables with rather than buying confetti and such...maybe putting them in a jar or soemthing...i dunno for sure but i do think it would be great. Cheesy
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« Reply #40 on: December 19, 2009 06:30:02 AM »

That is so cute  Grin I must make some of these Thank you for the idea
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« Reply #41 on: December 25, 2009 07:02:20 PM »

These Stars Are Sooo Cute! Ive Tried Making Them Like 3 Times But They Keep Coming Out Wrong And I Don't know What I'm Doing Wrong
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« Reply #42 on: January 20, 2012 02:15:21 PM »

these look really cute.  how hard is it to put a message inside and then re fold it? can you get precut paper for these where you buy origami paper?
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wow! a lot and a lot of tiny! great idea, very sweet!
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