Happy Art: How to Make Paper Stars

Confession. I am no paper star expert. When I wrote Shy Shelly, I imagined a character who kept her wishes in a jar full of paper stars. I've always been fascinated with paper stars. When I was a kid reporter for the show 5 and Up, I would often see the producers tear off the perforated part from the continuous paper where scripts were printed on. They would turn the torn-off strips into paper stars! Since I wrote the character of Shelly, I've been learning how to make this delightful but tricky-to-make origami. From one of the art pages of  Shy Shelly, here's how to make paper stars.

 Illustrated by Elbert Or for The Secret Story of Shy Shelly

Illustrated by Elbert Or for The Secret Story of Shy Shelly

 An attempt. I'm trying to fill this little jar with tiny paper stars. Some of the stars are misshapen hehe. If your stars look distorted too, #nevergiveup.

An attempt. I'm trying to fill this little jar with tiny paper stars. Some of the stars are misshapen hehe. If your stars look distorted too, #nevergiveup.

As an extra, I'd like to share a story on how Shelly got started on her paper star collection. Maybe you can start your own collection too!

The Story Behind Shelly's Jar of Paper Stars: An excerpt from Shy Shelly Book 1

There were not a lot of stories about Shelly. No one talked about her. No one knew her. Hardly a word could be heard from her. Shelly could not say no. Shelly could not say hello. All she could do was look down below.

At the park, she played alone. At birthday parties, she sat alone. At home, she was always alone. Well not always, she thought. She had Huey Louie, her turtle of five years.

But on the night before her first day of class in a new section, Shelly wrote on a strip of paper:

I WISH TO HAVE A REAL FRIEND.

Folding and molding a star out of the strip of hope, she dropped it into a jar of paper stars which has held her dreams together.

Sinking into her bed, she didn't fear the night. To the twinkling skies and to Huey Louie, she said goodnight.

BE PAPER STAR CRAZY! My cousin and colorist extraordinaire Ice Cruz made some paper stars dance in this stop-motion video. Check check check it out! 

I made SOME of the paper stars here. MOST were made by my friends Faith, Stef and Trixie.