Not only are we kindred spirits in quilling, but Cecelia designed a beautiful mystery box project for the All Things Paper book that I think you'll enjoy. By the way, the release date has been moved to June 11, as if we weren't already impatient enough.
Cecelia offered to do a guest tutorial... an offer I couldn't refuse! Lucky (a.k.a. puffy) star tutorials abound, but she has a knack for breaking down steps so they are very easily understood. And with wedding season on the way, you might be interested to read about her handmade wedding invitations that involved these clever little stars.
Take it away, Cec!
Lucky Stars are a wonderful way to decorate a package, a card, or even a tree. String them on stretchy cord to make a bracelet or fold 365 stars and put them in a jar to give to someone special, showing that you think of them every day of the year. I have folded several thousands of stars. For my wedding invitations, I wanted a string of stars to come dancing out of a jar and managed it by folding them around a long thread. I attached one end of the thread to the jar's lid, so when it was lifted off, the string of stars came with it as a little surprise.
Material: Strip of 24-lb [copy] paper 8" long x .5" wide. Ribbon is an ideal alternative for paper when making stars because of the metallic sheen and ready-to-go widths. Vary the length and width depending on your materials.
1) Take one end and wrap around the middle of the strip.
2) Form a knot.
3) Push the knot to one end.
4) Gently compress the knot flat but do not crease sharply. This forms a pentagon with two ends sticking out.
5) Fold the long end across the pentagon. Tuck the small end behind the pentagon.
6) Gently press, but again, do not crease sharply.
7) Flip over the pentagon and fold the long end across the pentagon.
8) Continue repeating step 6 and 7.
9) When you reach the end (cut off excess if needed), you will see two overlapping flaps within the pentagon.
10) Tuck the tail under the two flaps.
11) Completed pentagon.
12) Using your fingernails, push two sides into the center, puffing up your star.
13) Continue rotating the star and puffing.
14) Completed star.
15) For a string of stars, start folding the pentagon around a thread.
16) Completed star, folded around a thread, ready for puffing.
Thanks for this tutorial, Cecelia, and also for providing these free, printable card backgrounds and envelopes. The cards are perfect for quilled flowers... and how nice, the one at the top of this post is included in the mix!
Stay up-to-date with Cecelia's latest designs via her blog Crafting Creatures.