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June 21, 2006

Video of how to make an origami star

Here’s a video I just made of me making an origami star. If you have any questions about any steps, or where to buy origami star paper, just ask.

This was shot with my MacBook!

Let me know what you think!

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124 responses to "Video of how to make an origami star"

  1. # gallows commented on June 30th, 2006:

    So cool! I’ll try to make one :D
    tnx for the clip

  2. # Brian commented on June 30th, 2006:

    Very cool video…and good song too.

    How long is that strip you started with? Dimensions?

  3. # kastner commented on June 30th, 2006:

    Most of my paper I’ve bought is about 150mm (6 inches) x 7-8mm (about 1/4th an inch). If you keep that scale, you can make almost any size star!

  4. # alex commented on June 30th, 2006:

    Wonderful! I hope you can play as good a game of Katamari…all kidding aside, very impressive. Love the jar full of stars.

    Alex POLAND

  5. # amanda m. commented on July 14th, 2006:

    That’s so cool! I found you through a link telling me how to make a paperstar to make my macbook trackpad click crisper. Thank you for the instructions and video!

  6. # kastner commented on July 14th, 2006:

    Thanks for all the great comments everyone!
    Email me all your star pictures and videos.

  7. # sasha commented on July 14th, 2006:

    These are really cute! I’m going to make some later… Have you tried using quilling paper? It might be a bit thick for small stars and longer than you need but it is already cut into strips, and is available in different widths. Have you tried quilling?

    For cutting a rotary cutter and mat would be better than scissors but a paper cutter would be easier. A small one can be got for less than $20.

  8. # Carley commented on July 15th, 2006:

    I got my paper cutter at Target for $9.99. It’s a nice little Fiskars, but I doubt it cuts as well as the $19.99 model.

  9. # sasha commented on July 19th, 2006:

    My Stars! These little guys are sooo cute!

    But I crave Lucky Charms cereal while making them. I can’t remember ever eating them so I had to GoogleImage search to see if they had stars in them and it looks like they had 6 pointed stars. Close enough for me.

    I took some pastel printer paper and cut different widths and lengths using a cutting mat and xacto and clear quilTing ruler. The mat and knife are a bit chewed up so the edges were a bit fuzzy. But work.

    I had my best luck with the 3/8 inch. The 1/4″ kept jumping out of my hands. But after lots of practice with 3/8 the 1/4 now easier.

    I had fewer collapses with the 3/8″ when holding the final pentagon between my thumb and, perpendicular to, the middle edge of my pointer finger. The 1/4″ I hold between the tips of the pointer finger and thumb.

    I was thinking about ordering some quilLing paper but decided I can’t afford the expense right now so I’ll just continue with what I have. It looks like there are some good online catalogs

  10. # Cheryl commented on July 22nd, 2006:

    Thank you for the delightful video and the wonderful stars! (and I really like the music that accompanies the video)

  11. # kastner commented on July 22nd, 2006:

    Thanks Cheryl! The song is “JCB” by Nizlopi – watch the (amazing) video here: http://www.jcbsong.co.uk/jcbvideo.asp

  12. # Fold an Origami Star » Don’t buy from toytogo - opane is better! pingbacked on July 27th, 2006:

    [...] Still not sure how to make a star? Watch me making one and you should be well on your way. [...]

  13. # Evelyn commented on September 5th, 2006:

    Thanks for the visual tutorial.
    I tried to read diagrams but this helped me figure it out.
    I am a Girl Scout leader and will be teaching this so the leaders can reach for the stars!

  14. # Ivy commented on September 16th, 2006:

    Well i want to thank u for showing us how to make an origami star! Hahha i’ve been looking around for instructions but didn’t get it. Thanks to u now i know how to make one :D

  15. # aprilmay commented on October 2nd, 2006:

    …..i seem too be having a little trobble keeping there shape…..i can make them but after about five minutes they look flat…..lol…..do you think its the paper im using…..has it got to be a certain type of paper?…..the videos really good…..a friend taught me how to do it but its really helped…..please get back to me…..x

  16. # kastner commented on October 2nd, 2006:

    Sounds like it’s your paper. Order some from Opane – it’s dirt cheap

  17. # johnalyne commented on October 11th, 2006:

    Hey your going to fast for me can you make a video of you going slower thank you!

  18. # Agus commented on October 14th, 2006:

    what kind of paper has to be used for making this stars?I´ve tried with “normal”(?) paper,and i ´ve made the pentagon but the part of making the…points of the star it goes terribly wrong (sorry for my bad english)…what should i do :(?

  19. # ari commented on October 27th, 2006:

    what about using a paper shredder to make strips

  20. # Meeka commented on November 3rd, 2006:

    WOW! These are SO cool, tried a few times & failed miserably but I’m gonna practice… after all practice makes perfect!!! thanks!

  21. # Carley commented on November 12th, 2006:

    Hey Kastner, you should check out deviantART and all the people that have their star photos up. I have an account there and I found loads of people with great star photos, one girl even made a ring out of a jar and some itty bitty stars:



  22. # catherine commented on December 6th, 2006:

    thank you so much that was such a good video and now i can make the stars from the demonstration

    thanks so much

  23. # doug commented on December 8th, 2006:

    great music…www.nizlopi.com

  24. # Lydia commented on December 10th, 2006:

    Your video made it much easier for me to finally do it ! :D
    yess got it on the third try.
    Thank you ^^

  25. # Lydia commented on December 10th, 2006:

    hmm now i have to find a way to remember how to do it whenever i’m bored at school :]]

  26. # incubations commented on December 11th, 2006:

    that was great! this video demonstration is so much easier than all those written/drawn out how-tos. thanks so much. i have yet to shoot something so creative with my MacBook.

  27. # Mark commented on December 15th, 2006:

    Hi, I am Mark. I’m collecting the videos about origami in one site. The address is http://www.origamivideo.net, there is even your video and an intere section dedicated to origami stars!

    Bye, Mark

  28. # son commented on December 31st, 2006:

    i dont no how u do it though, ive been tring my butt off, and i wish that i no how to do it also can u do anything else.?

  29. # Cin commented on January 1st, 2007:

    Thank you so much for the delightful video. It helped me alot more then those diagrams. I’m still a little confuzed with the folding valley part? Tip for next video: go slower. Thanks again.

  30. # Barb commented on January 9th, 2007:

    Terrific “how-to” video. I’d tried to do this from a really bad set of illustrations, but your way is so much clearer and easier. *Thank you*!

  31. # Holly commented on January 20th, 2007:

    That was so easy! I can’t wait to tell my friend to come here becasue I tried teaching her how to make one and it didn’t work out too well. This might be easier for her.

  32. # Travis commented on January 22nd, 2007:

    =O it actually works! thx for the tips x

  33. # jolanda commented on February 17th, 2007:

    finally I understand. now we can fold the whole day!
    greetings from the netherlands

  34. # michael commented on February 25th, 2007:

    Brilliant website and video. A very unselfish and helpful gesture. thank you

  35. # sabrina commented on March 2nd, 2007:

    that was a sucky video!! it didnt show me anything! im using a diff. site!!!!

  36. # Ellen commented on March 4th, 2007:

    Very good video and helpfull for me and my friends.
    Thank you very much, we are folding the whole day now.

  37. # Amyy commented on March 4th, 2007:

    cool video!! i ll try 2 make one xD i tried making some of them, but they looked ugly…It ll be better if you slow down a lil bit at da beginning..xD

  38. # west commented on March 5th, 2007:

    Cool video! I had read the instructions to make the stars, but didn’t understand them. With your video, it is soooo much clearer now, thanks!

  39. # Robyn commented on March 11th, 2007:

    Thanks for the video! Pictures just confused me. I got it now. Thanks!

  40. # Valerie commented on March 16th, 2007:

    I’ve just made my first star. I’d tried to make one before using written instructions but couldn’t make head or tails of them. I’m so glad I found your video because it suddenly brought everything into focus. Thanks again, –Val

  41. # Vanessa commented on March 20th, 2007:

    I just started making stars yesterday and its so much fun! but i still need to work on a technique that works everytime because when i try to do something different it doesnt come out the way it did last time. and thank you for your video it really helped me a lot. But some guides say that you should flaten the knot, this is confusing for me because does that mean just the sides of the pentagon?

  42. # susan commented on April 11th, 2007:

    the stars are really cool but could tell me where i could get the coloured paper or the paper you use to make the stars from

  43. # christina commented on April 25th, 2007:

    thanks for making the origami star video….i’ve been out sick from work for a while and making those stars has really helped…

  44. # becca commented on May 15th, 2007:

    that is such a cute video with the song! thanks!
    i love making stars. there is a little store by my house and i and i can buy lots of paper for $0.95. it isn’t high quality, but its fine, and i dont have lots of money for paper, so i just use that. :D

  45. # kathy commented on June 4th, 2007:

    heyy, thanks!

  46. # Claire commented on June 7th, 2007:

    Wow, you make it look so easy! I am so going to try this.

  47. # Sunzie commented on June 10th, 2007:

    Wow this video helped me out TONS! I’ve tried other tutorials and videos but for some reason this one just really helped me figure it out lol. Thanks so much for posting it. Now I’ve made my first lucky star! http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g72/quietreflections/stars/star.jpg

    I know what I’ll be doing with my summer this year lol

  48. # kastner commented on June 10th, 2007:

    Great job! Keep up the good work, it’ll get even easier and your stars will keep getting better. Watch out thow, it’s addiciting!

  49. # cystal commented on July 15th, 2007:

    u already know how to make a star but not a straw star but thx anyway

  50. # Bubbles commented on August 20th, 2007:

    I am sooo confused…im using normal paper and i can figure out how…i got a thin strip :’[ ive been dieing to make one!

  51. # kastner commented on August 20th, 2007:

    Making it with regular paper is VERY hard. The easiest way is to buy star paper. Some stores that sell Hello Kitty stuff have star paper, or order it online, it’s very inexpensive.

  52. # MoonPuppy commented on August 26th, 2007:

    A girl I worked with long ago, folded the first star I’d ever seen – out of a plastic drinking straw. I still have it – and it still amazes me.

    Thanks for the directions!

  53. # isabella commented on September 11th, 2007:

    you have such beautiful hands!

  54. # Jessi commented on October 12th, 2007:

    My friend had a kit of these but I never knew hoe to make them, thank you so much!
    P.S. I’m writing on my Macbooknow, too!!!!

  55. # Jessi commented on October 12th, 2007:

    I tried to make them with the measurments you had there, but they are too small, I suggest * in. long, and 1/2 in. thick. It makes a bigger star and I think it turns out better than the smaller star…..but that’s just my opinion :-P

  56. # Jessi commented on October 12th, 2007:

    That’s 8 in. x 1/2 in.

  57. # Miho!!! commented on October 18th, 2007:



  58. # Grettel commented on November 12th, 2007:

    where can u get that kind of paper? reply plz!!!!!!


  59. # kastner commented on November 12th, 2007:

    You can get paper at

    also, if you have any hello kitty stores in your area, they usually carry star paper.

  60. # eric commented on December 1st, 2007:

    you should really tell how ever makes the paper throwing star that when they make a fold to move ther hand out of the way

  61. # lisha commented on December 6th, 2007:

    Very helpful and lots of fun! thank you.

  62. # Liss commented on December 12th, 2007:

    Some people say the origami star called Chinese Lucky Star … so from where the stars come? From Japan or from China? It was nice if you’ll send me a
    e-mail to: ******@web.de
    Nice greetings

  63. # Cameron commented on December 16th, 2007:

    I cannot find the Alecks Reader for the star paper… Any help?

  64. # fabiola commented on December 19th, 2007:

    i cant see the video :( why???

  65. # Katiy commented on December 20th, 2007:

    O my G. this video is so AWSOME, i wish i could totaly do this!!!!! it looks like sooo much fun!!! i’ totaly going to try it now!

  66. # Dalia commented on December 24th, 2007:

    thank you :)

  67. # Niko commented on January 3rd, 2008:

    WOW i just made my first paper star thanks to you! :] thanks so much for this site

  68. # Carey commented on January 14th, 2008:

    Hey, *I* thought the video was great, and much more helpful than diagrams…all you guys gotta’ do is click the place on the bar that you need to see again! I had to do it a few times. Anywho, this will make a great tail for my kusudama project! Thanks!

  69. # Carey commented on January 14th, 2008:

    OH! I almost forgot, you can get paper especially for star folding on eBay really cheap! Look for “Origami Lucky Star Paper” when you search and you’ll find a bunch!

  70. # Hailey commented on January 15th, 2008:

    HELP!! My ‘puffing out’ part of making the star never works! I tried using my nail, scissors, and anything sharp around me, but nothing works..

    …Otherwise, great vid =D

  71. # Kim commented on January 19th, 2008:

    Thanks for posting your video- I teach art in elementary school and I’m ready to try these with my kids! They will think they know MAGIC! I also really love the video song link…I think we should listen to the song while we’re making them…thanks for sharing the MAGIC!

  72. # ahong commented on January 26th, 2008:

    can you list the steps

  73. # steven commented on January 30th, 2008:

    oh me gosh … thx a lot man i’m making them rite nw … =) tq tq so much !!!

    and who wan see steps here also got but u see both u will understand better trust me ^^


  74. # steven commented on January 30th, 2008:

    admin i love ur work … tq so much ! my lil star is finally alive… ^^

  75. # Naomi commented on February 4th, 2008:


  76. # Arie commented on February 12th, 2008:

    So cute, I just tried it and got right on my first one ^^
    I’m using regular yellow “normal” paper, since it was the only thing I had around.. they look extremely cute *o*

  77. # isabel commented on February 22nd, 2008:

    i have made over 1,000,000,000 stars thanks to you

  78. # julia commented on March 1st, 2008:

    i’m pretty good at doing this up to the pentagon, where you squeeze to make the five points of the star… It keeps folding instead of collapsing inwards. Any ideas?

  79. # kastner commented on March 2nd, 2008:

    Hi Julia, if you’re having trouble puffing them out, there are a few things it could be:
    1) your paper may be too thick
    2) the strip might not be long enough
    3) you’re holding it too tight

    what kind of paper are you using?

  80. # Carley commented on March 11th, 2008:

    When my stars start to crunch up sometimes it’s because I’ve creased the first couple folds down too hard. I’ve found that a light crease works best :)

  81. # Ana commented on March 23rd, 2008:

    thnx so much! i luv it. as evryone else i have trouble with the puffing out part. but i think i got it. ^^

  82. # colorlover commented on March 24th, 2008:

    Julia- using regular notebok paper works well, too. That’s what I’ve been using. It works so beautifully!

  83. # colorlover commented on March 25th, 2008:

    How could you connect the stars in such a way that they could make a bracelet without ruining the effect of them? I’m planning on making a neclace made of stars for my teacher by the end of this school year. If you can help, thanks!

  84. # Ashley commented on March 26th, 2008:

    Thank you so much for posting this video- it really helped me to make my stars better! I sell the stars every year at the annual Medieval Faire, in tiny little glass bottles filled with glitter. Little kids love them; I sell them as Lucky Wishing Stars and I sell out each year!

    The hardest part is making them tiny enough to fit into a bottle meant for a necklace, and the puffing part always gets me. I spend hours remaking stars… would you have any suggestions on how to puff the tiniest stars?

  85. # jess commented on March 31st, 2008:

    thats lovely, thanks il def try now!!

  86. # Jude727(Runescape) commented on April 13th, 2008:

    This is pretty good…best vid on this site…

  87. # Caitlin commented on April 28th, 2008:

    Hey this is a lot easier than one of the things i’ve read! And the stars look really cool! Heres a website you guys should go to to see more stars: http://www.raincookie.net Go to the main site, then click on gallery, then click on the 3rd pannel (photography), it has alot of stars!!! Go to ichigo-fun.blogspot.com!!!!

  88. # becky commented on April 30th, 2008:

    that was really helpful thnx if been wondering how to do that since like three years ago^_^

  89. # Regina commented on May 14th, 2008:

    I just can’t do the last part. Can you just tell me or show me what to do please? But that helped me a lot in improving my folding star skills. Thanks!

  90. # mayla commented on June 1st, 2008:

    You need to go SLOWER ! !!!!!!!

  91. # Kaitlyn commented on June 13th, 2008:

    What is the song that you are playing? Thanks !

  92. # kastner commented on June 13th, 2008:

    It’s the JCB Song by nizlopi

  93. # Holly commented on July 30th, 2008:

    I Found Out about this star making thing from a friend, and thought it was super cool. Later on Found your video, And its amazing, I love it, since viewing this a few months ago i have made tonnes and they are all over my house. I Do however get stuck on the last part now and again, Any suggestions to make it easier for it to puff up? Thanks. ( love the music too )

  94. # kastner commented on July 30th, 2008:

    For me, the last part is also the hardest. To make it easier, I do a few thigns:
    1) use my nail (right pointer finger)
    2) make sure that I’m right in the middle of the side
    3) make sure my nail is totally perpendicular to the star (on two axes)

    I should make a video just on that part alone!

  95. # Jenny commented on August 12th, 2008:

    WOW it is not easy i mean the Video Helped Me with how to do the Hardest Part well Now i have to try again even though My eyes are like hurting and My Rist/Han

  96. # Silvia Rasekhi commented on September 24th, 2008:

    Great, your video helped me master these stars… I’m making a whole lot for my son’s party – Super Mario theme – so trying to make as many paper craft items as possible.

  97. # george gen commented on November 24th, 2008:

    Great star, im wondering if there is some kind of way to make it bigger, like the size of my palm. I tried it but its not that easy to pinch! Perhaps gluing it in every step of the overlaping process? Any ideas?

  98. # Izabel commented on November 29th, 2008:

    I was wondering ,
    What can I do if my star isn’t puffing up ??
    I have tried it like 5 + times and I can get everything until I need to get my star to puff up,
    it just doesn’t do it !
    What am I doing wrong ?

  99. # kler commented on December 14th, 2008:

    great video, these stars are just wonderful!! can i use common ribbon?

  100. # kastner commented on December 14th, 2008:

    I don’t think ribbon will puff up in the last step.

    Izabel: Keep trying, the puffing part is the hardest step. It helps to make sure your star is really tight before you try, and to make sure you’re using your nail, and are half-way between two points.

    Good luck!

  101. # Caity commented on December 24th, 2008:

    Very well done!
    Thanks heaps for the video tutorial!

    I read a “How to” and got so lost, but this video helped so much!!

  102. # kelly commented on January 16th, 2009:

    omg thats awsome!!! i made a whoke basket full of those little cutezies!!!! but the instruction look excatly like the wishing stars instructions from klutz. either way you demenstraighted way better than klutz

  103. # ana commented on January 23rd, 2009:

    i have graph paper cAN i use it pls help me i beg you

  104. # kastner commented on January 23rd, 2009:

    Graph paper is probably too thick. If you can find some thin paper, cut it into thin strips and try it out!

  105. # ana commented on January 23rd, 2009:

    i am have trouble makking the knot pls help me and i am having trouble my roling it toooo i see ppl making beautiful stars pls make me one of them

  106. # Taylor commented on January 31st, 2009:

    I like the video

  107. # issa commented on February 11th, 2009:

    This is awesome, u ae very good at making stars!! im a beggine so its kinda harrd for me

  108. # Nansi commented on April 29th, 2009:

    I do this but see, the little paper at the corner sticks out and it bugs me!!!ah!!how do i get rid of tht?glue?

  109. # Kaitlyn commented on June 2nd, 2009:

    if your talking about what i think your talking about, sometimes i untuck the corner, and then fold it or rip it or cut it so it doesn’t stick out. Also, I was wondering what song this was. Thanks!

  110. # selina commented on June 24th, 2009:

    cool geart work

  111. # sophia commented on August 18th, 2009:

    um i know how to fold them but i dont know how to puff them and i cant find the paper. do u have a tip to help me puff them? also can u tell me where they sell the paper. thanx

  112. # :D commented on October 22nd, 2009:

    i am OBSESSED with making stars since the first one i made and it’s like my hobby so during school if i’m bored i’ll fold a star :)

    for those of you who are having trouble with puffing the stars, i find it easiest to fold the pentagon and then put the tip of my index finger (not the nail but close) on one side and my thumb (tip again) on another side and pinching, hope it helps :D

  113. # gloria commented on October 22nd, 2009:

    i LOVE making stars ever since my sister showed me how to make them

    for those of you struggling with the puffing, what i do is put the tip (not the nail) of my index finger on one side and my thumb (tip again) on another side and pinch, hope it helps some of you

  114. # Angel commented on December 5th, 2009:

    the last part was really hard how do you do that p.s.:nice song and video. PEACE YO!

  115. # EllieStam commented on February 22nd, 2010:

    You shoukd do this with a bigger pice of paper and a little slower. I am only 12 and it was a little hard to follow along with…sorry 4 the negative comment but its the truth

  116. # Jen commented on March 3rd, 2010:

    I can not, for all im worth, get the star to puff out. It just crinkles to one side, and I am frustrated! Could you give my a tip?

  117. # Sanjyoti commented on May 20th, 2010:

    You know what? I made a very tiny star.It is the size of a circle which comes out of a paper punching machine when you punch paper.My friends said WOW when they saw it.

  118. # unknown commented on May 24th, 2010:

    My friend has made these stars at school, and I think they are super cool. He put Super Mario Galaxy faces on them to make them look like the stars in the game. Anyway, my only problem is that every time I think I did it well, the star has open spaces and falls apart. Plz help!!!

  119. # unknown commented on May 24th, 2010:

    Oh, by the way, I really like your video. Where do you buy the star paper? (I just heard of it a minute ago)

  120. # roo commented on June 12th, 2010:

    well, I’ve searching and searching on how to make different models from star paper I’ve only learned how to make stars ,hearts , and love knot or also known as crane eggs.

  121. # Briana commented on January 4th, 2011:

    I made a star and it was really hard for me to puff it up, do you have any tips on how to do that? And when I tuck the last little piece of paper in it always comes out, and I tried taping it, but that didn’t work. How do you keep it in???? Where can you buy the paper????

  122. # isa commented on December 31st, 2011:

    i made some, but one side is puffy and one side not! i do’nt get it, because i did it just like you. can you please help me?

  123. # RAchael commented on March 14th, 2012:

    this is great!!!!!!!!! My Japanese exchange student loved it! but one thing, what are the messure ments if you were to cut them out form an ‘A4′ paper? thanxs

  124. # kastner commented on March 14th, 2012:

    Rachel, try a few different sizes… The biggest factor is how *thick* the paper is. depending on that, you might need your strips a little wider or less wide.

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