You know, people make these look so easy. After all, it's just one strip of paper being folded repeatedly and then crushed in the end.
Whenever I make them, 2 out of 5 end up perfect looking while the rest look like a wad paper ball.
I thought about it, and these objects wouldn't survive the archaeological records. At least not here, where there is enough moisture to destroy them. If we were a culture without writing, our knowledge of how to make origami would have to be transmitted orally, and it would join the ranks of the so-called "folk art". (It's a loaded term because of the association of class.)
Now living in a technologically advance society, we can easily access information on how to make these little stars.
I use these as sentimental gifts. It's perfect for little decorative things. Of course, some times the paper can be expensive.