Craft Corner: Lucky Stars
A decorative jar (I like mason jars, but feel free to go crazy!)
Origami stars paper (available on Amazon) or thin strips (about 1/2″ by 11″) of computer paper in a variety of colors.
Optional: Scissors, pen
This project is a jar of inspiration for when you need it. Traditionally, lucky stars are given to bring smiles and luck to those around us. Making origami lucky stars is popular in Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. You can read the legend and get directions for folding the stars here. Whether a client or a professional, having a jar of inspiration is a great way to bring joy to everyone around you.
First, research some of your favorite inspirational quotes, proverbs, or jokes. These can apply directly to recovery, life in general, or someone/something specific. For example, I like the Egyptian proverb that says, “Nothing beautiful is perfect.” I also like to quote Maya Angelou, Thoreau, the Dalai Lama, and Doctor Who. Once you’ve identified your favorite quotes write them on the strips of paper. If not using pre-cut origami paper, you can type the quotes and print them on the computer paper before cutting. Speaking from experience, that is much easier!
Next, you are ready to fold. See the link above for directions. If you get stuck, there are several Youtube videos available with step-by-step instructions to help you on your way. (Helpful hint: As part of the final step, rather than using your fingers to pinch the corners of the pentagon to make your star puff, use the cap of a ballpoint pen and gently rub the flat edge of the pentagon until it caves a little to make the points.) Make as many stars as you need to fill your jar.
Finally, share the love. This can be a great gift for a friend in recovery or someone going through a hard time. It can also be a great source of inspiration throughout the year. Fold 365 stars and open one each day of the year for daily inspiration. Once you start folding, the creativity is boundless!