I've made several hundred of these over the years! They're incredibly simple to make, and look very effective when displayed in kitchen glassware or similar mason jar style containers. I buy all the 'lucky stars' paper on eBay, usually from sellers based in China, Hong Kong, South Korea or Japan, as they produce the most varied, colourful and unique styles. The paper comes pre-cut into strips and packaged into tear-off bundles, and most are extremely inexpensive. Most of the packaging even comes with easy to understand instructions on how to fold a star.
Lucky Star Paper Packs
These are a few of the packs of Lucky Star paper strips I've bought from sellers on eBay (UK). As you can see just from these eight packets, there are a huge variety of designs, colours and patterns! The ones I buy are simple paper strips, but you can also find metallic, textured, and plastic varieties. They typically come in bundles of around 60, and these ones ranged from approximately £2 - £4 / €2.51 - €5.03 / US$ 3.37 - 6.75 (xe.com).
One seller I often buy Lucky Star paper from (and other origami papers) is based in Hong Kong. Their shop on eBay is called A Flying Color.
"Doris Star" by Klaus-Dieter Ennen
Made with one 15 x 15 cm double-sided paper. Designed by Klaus-Dieter Ennen (instructions).
This design requires a pentagonal piece of paper to begin, which the instructions show how to accurately fold and cut. The 7.5 cm² paper I used for the smaller 'flower' came from a pack of 180 (4 sheets each of 45 different patterns) I bought from A Flying Color on eBay (UK). The larger 15 cm² paper came from a beautiful pack of 'designer' paper bought from the Folded Square site. This particular pack, "Designer Patterns: Set Two" has 100 sheets (10 sheets each of 10 different patterns). I will definitely be buying the 'Set One' in the near future!
Rotating 'Fireworks' Piece
This fun modular piece is made from twelve interlocked units - six of each colour with 6" paper from Folded Square. It was designed by Yami Yamauchi, and the folding instructions can be found HERE (pdf file). I made it following THIS demonstration by Jo Nakashima who has an excellent YouTube channel full of origami tutorials. A video clip showing the piece rotating can be seen HERE (12 second gif).
Small Triambic Icosahedron
This modular piece is made using 30 Sonobe units. I used 7.5cm x 7.5cm paper with 10 units each from three different designs. This piece was very satisfying to build, and much easier than I imagined! More information about this geometric shape can be found HERE (Wikipedia).
Origami Peace Dove
I couldn't find the designer's name for this model, so I assume it's a 'traditional' piece.
In the left-hand picture are simple butterflies I folded, designed by Akira Yoshizawa and made with 3" papers.
On the right is a larger model made with some weird, creepy face 6" paper (www.foldedsquare.com) designed by Evi Binzinger.
Modular Cube Frame
Made with 12 x 3" paper squares, designed by Tomoko Fuse.
I made a pretty kusudama using 30 x 3" papers folded into Sonobe units. Designed by Toshiaki Houjyou.
The way the units are linked together makes the model quite springy and remind me of the Hoberman Sphere toys (.gif from YouTube).
Small box with heart lid
For Valentine's Day I made this cute heart box designed by Darren Scott.
I used two 6" double-sided papers in pink and blue, one each for the base and lid.
This angel (or perhaps fairy?) model is designed by David Brill.
This is the second time I've folded this model. I used 9" blue paper, but I accidentally ended up with only the white side showing (except for the 'hood' around the face).
I still like how it turned out, though!
I was running low on paper supplies, so I treated myself to a big order of new origami paper from www.origami-shop.com. I believe the site is based in France, but they ship worldwide at reasonable rates. Their range is incredible! They stock sizes from 3", up to giant rolls of specialist paper that you can cut and measure yourself. They have starter packs for beginners, children and schools, as well as a huge range of origami books (or e-books) and model folding instructions. There are scoring tools, papers varying in thickness and texture, and multi-pack options.
I made this Bascetta Star (stellated icosahedron, designed by Paulo Bascetta) with my new double-sided Tant paper!
My first attempt was made using singled sided-paper, and didn't look nearly as pretty as this one!
Lucky Stars in a bauble!
All the hundreds (thousands?) of lucky stars I've made over the years usually end up in a vase or jar of some sort to display them. This time I thought I'd try something different! I had an empty plastic bauble that I got for Christmas - there used to be chocolate coins inside - so I filled both half-domes with pink and purple lucky stars, laid a sheet of paper of top of each and carefully joined the domes together before pulling the paper away. It took a couple of attempts to get the perfect number of stars, but the end result is so pretty!
I made this 'Star Sonobe' kusudama designed by Maria Sinayskaya using 6" double-sided papers that I cut into four 3" squares. The model uses 30 sonobe units. I followed another wonderful tutorial filmed by Sara Adams of happyfolding.com. I'm so pleased with how it turned out, and I'm happy with the star-themed paper I chose from my new jumbo block of 1,000 papers!
A sweet little baby elephant, made with one 15x15cm paper.
Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata.
A seagull made with one 15x15cm paper. It was quite tricky to get a good photograph of this model! Another time I might try attaching some thin thread and hang it up. For now, the bamboo tweezers will have to do!
Designed by Riccardo Foschi.
Shirt and Tie
This little piece is a bit different from the usual! I managed to get hold of a few pristine US $1 bills so I could attempt some of the many fun origami models designed specifically with the USD paper ratios in mind. The currency paper is obviously much different in texture and thickness to regular origami or craft paper, but it wasn't too difficult to work with. I love how the design aligns the white borders of the bill to make the collar, sleeves and tie detail! I may try unfolding, flattening and re-using the bills for other models.
Designed by Jo Nakashima
Gouache on canvas (approx. 14" x 11")
Black Staedtler ink pen on paper (15 x 15 cm)
Staedtler coloured pencils and black ink pen on paper (15 x 15 cm)