How to make an Origami Star

Update! Here’s a video of me folding the star.
Here are some steps on how to make an origami star. If you have any questions, leave a comment.

  1. Making a star


    Making a star

    You need to get some star paper, or make your own. If you are using printer paper, cut it into half inch strips.

    If you are buying it, toytogo.com Opane is a great place.

  2. Wrap the top 1/4th around your finger


    Wrap the top 1/4th around your finger

    You’re going to be making a perfect knot.

  3. Bring the end in front of the “tail”


    Bring the end in front of the "tail"

    We’re trying to make a very "clean" knot here.

  4. Tuck the end in the hole


    Tuck the end in the hole

    You can see the knot forming.

  5. Tightening the knot


    Tightening the knot

    This is, by far, the most important step. You want the tail to be just the right length. Too long, and you can’t wrap the other end around correctly, two short, and you don’t have anything to work with.

    Once you have a good length (takes some pratice), you want to make the knot very tight and flat.

  6. Bend the flap over


    Bend the flap over

    You want to crease it "with" the pentagon. What that means is you want to fold in the right direction.

  7. Turn the star over.


    Turn the star over.

    You’ll notice I didn’t tuck the first flap in. Most people do. It doesn’t seem to matter much.

  8. Fold the long end up.


    Fold the long end up.

    Again, make sure you are going "with" the star. In this case, it’s up and to the left. If you look at the bottom of the pentagon, you see that the angle is "right".

  9. Keep folding


    Keep folding

    You’re going to keep folding around the star, making sure each time you are going in the right direction. This is the easiest step.

  10. Right before you tuck the last bit in.


    Right before you tuck the last bit in.

    You’re going to tuck that little left over tail into the body of the star.

  11. Tucking the flap in


    Tucking the flap in

  12. Tucked in


    Tucked in

  13. “Puffing” it out.


    "Puffing" it out.

    This is one of the hardest steps. Using your nail or a sharp edge, press in, half-way between two points. Make sure you are totally perpindecular to the paper.

  14. An Origami Star!


    An Origami Star!

    You’re done. Now make 99 more.

  15. Watch the Video!


    video of me folding the star
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