This folded origami star is a simple project that should take about five minutes to complete. All you need is a paper square and a suitable place to fold. Follow all direction carefully and move on to the next step only when you are sure that all previous steps have been correctly completed.
Make sure that the paper you use has been pre-cut into a true square. If the dimensions of the square are not accurate, then your model will not fold correctly. For practice, use a square cut from a standard sheet of copy paper. Once you have successfully folded the star once or twice, then move on to larger or smaller squares to create stars of different dimensions. Also consider using silver or gold foil-backed paper to make your completed stars shine.
The only other item you’ll need to have before you start folding is a hard, flat surface upon which to fold. Folding against this type of surface (table, floor, hardback book, etc.) will allow you to make the accurate folds and sharp creases necessary for a successful model. Run a ruler or pencil edge over each crease as you work for the sharpest creases.
- Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the star is facing down.
- Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top edge of the model down too meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
- Rotate the model on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.
- Bring the left point of the model over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top point of the model down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the left half of the model’s folded top edge down to meet the first diagonal crease line you come to. As a result, the model’s left point will come down to extend past the left edge. Crease and leave folded.
- Turn the model over and repeat Step 7.
- Turn the model over and begin to open up the bottom. Make sure to keep the flaps created in Steps 7-8 secure.
- Insert your right index finger into the model’s opening to hold the underlayer secure at the right point.
- Grasp the model’s folded left flap and push it over and up to cross the right point. Press flat. The model should now resemble two triangles crossing each other.
- Bring the top pointed flap of the model down to fold against the triangle shape that makes up the model’s top layer. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the tip of the pointed flap folded down in Step 12 back up again – not all the way – to create a point of the star. Approximately 1/2 of the pointed flap should extend past the model’s edge. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the left pointed flap of the model over to fold along its existing crease line. Re-crease and leave folded.
- Bring the tip of the pointed flap folded over in Step 14 back to the left – not all the way – to create another point of the star. The portion that extends past the left side of the model should be symmetrical with the other points of the star.
- Turn the model over to reveal the five-pointed star.