How to make an origami Christmas star ornament

This origami project is perfect for the holidays. Six separate models are sewn together at their tips to create a circular star shape that can be hung in a tree or laid flat onto a package. This is a beginner-intermediate level project that should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

To complete this project, you will need six squares of paper, a needle and thread (the same color as your paper), and a place to work. A silver or gold foil-backed paper (or even some metallic gift wrapping paper) will work well. You will want to practice with copy paper or a similar, inexpensive paper before you fold your final ornament. For the best results and the sharpest creases, fold against a hard, stable surface. A hardback book, table, floor, or like surface will do. For even sharper creases, run a pencil or ruler edge over each crease as you work.

  1. Position one of your six squares 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 ornament is facing down
  2. Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
  4. Turn the model over and position it so that its points are now facing up and down, left and right.
  5. Bring the left point of the model over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  6. Bring the top point of the model down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
  7. Grasp the left and right points of the resulting triangle and push inward. Push until the model collapses along pre-existing folds. The result will be another triangular shape that has one folded flap sticking out from the back of the model and another sticking out from the front.
  8. Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat. Position your model so that its open end is facing toward you.
  9. Bring the left point of the triangle (top layer only) up to meet the top point. Crease and leave folded.
  10. Repeat Step 9 for the right point of the model.
  11. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 9-10. The model should now be diamond-shaped.
  12. Bring the lower right edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the vertical centerline. Crease and unfold.
  13. Bring the upper-right edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the vertical centerline. Crease and unfold.
  14. Repeat Steps 12-13 for the left side of the model.
  15. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 12-14.
  16. Open up the left half of the model’s top layer by bringing the left point down to touch your work surface.
  17. Place one finger at the center of the model to hold it in place and pinch together the sides of the point brought down in Step 16. Work your way toward the center of the model as you pinch the length of the pre-existing crease line. The sides of the point should fold up toward the model. As you continue pinching, the upper-left edge of the model’s second layer should also rise upward along the pre-existing crease line and the point should stick straight up from the model’s surface.
  18. Bring the point worked in Step 17 down flat to meet the model’s top point. Press flat.
  19. Repeat Steps 16-18 for the right half of the model’s top layer.
  20. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 16-19. The resulting model should resemble an upside-down kite shape.
  21. Bring the upper left point of the model (top layer only) down and to the left so that the point sticks straight out from the model’s left edge. Do not allow the remainder of the model to open up as you bring the point down. Crease and leave folded.
  22. Repeat Step 21 for the upper right point of the model (top layer only).
  23. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 21-22.
  24. Grasp the model on either side by the point folded down in Steps 21-22 and blow into the hole at its bottom to inflate (for a flat decoration, do not inflate).
  25. Gently pull the points in opposite directions to open up the model just a bit more. Set the model aside.
  26. Repeat Steps 1-24 for each of the remaining six squares of paper.
  27. Use a needle and thread to sew the six models together, tip to tip, in a circle. Your thread should match the color of the paper. You can also use the needle and thread to create a hanger at the top of the ornament. At this point you can leave the center of the ornament empty, add a ball or star-shaped ornament to the center, or fill in the empty space with additional models.

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