How to make an origami stretched star

The star shape is a popular subject in origami and, subsequently, there are many types of star models from which to choose. The origami star presented here is referred to as stretched because the final step in its creation involves pulling the model apart at two points, or “stretching” it, until the star collapses into its final shape.

In order to complete this origami star, you will need a piece of paper that has been cut into a perfect square and a suitable workspace. Practice with plain white copy paper (or similar) first. Once you have successfully folded the model using practice paper, then move on to colored or patterned paper. This star looks best when folded from two-sided paper, especially if one of the sides is silver or gold. As an alternative, however, you can place two squares of different colors together and fold them as if they were one.

You will also need an appropriate surface upon which to fold your star. Folding against a hard, stable surface (book, table, floor, etc.) will allow you to make the even folds and sharp creases needed for a successfully folded model. Try running a ruler or pencil edge over each crease as you work to make them even sharper.

  1. Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the star’s interior color is facing up.
  2. Bring the left point of the model over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top point of the model down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
  4. Bring the top point of the model down to meet the center, using the intersection of crease lines made in Steps 2-3 as a guide. Crease and leave folded.
  5. Repeat Step 4 for each of the model’s remaining three points. The result will be a square-shaped model.
  6. Turn the model over and position it on your work surface so that the points are facing up and down, left and right.
  7. Bring the left point of the model over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  8. Bring the top point of the model down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
  9. Turn the model over again and position it on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.
  10. Bring the left edge of the model over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
  11. Bring the top edge of the model down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
  12. Grasp the model at its left and right edges and push inward. It should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be a diamond shape that has one folded flap sticking out toward the back of the model and another sticking out toward the front.
  13. Bring the front flap back to meet the left point of the diamond and bring the back flap up to meet the right point. Make sure all of the creases are as sharp as possible and that your model lies as flat as possible. Position the model so that the open end is pointing toward you.
  14. Bring the lower-left edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the model’s vertical centerline. Crease and unfold. Fold the lower left edge backward along the crease line you just made. Crease and unfold. Repeat for the lower right edge of the model.
  15. Bring the top point of the model down toward the bottom of the model, to a point that just past the model’s center. The resulting horizontal crease line should touch the top of each of the crease lines made in Step 14. Crease and unfold.
  16. Bring the bottom point of the model (top layer only) up toward the top of the model, opening up the top layer as you go. The top layer should collapse along the crease line made in Steps 14-15 and the bottom point should come behind the top point to touch your work surface. The left and right points of the model will meet at the center. The result will be a narrow diamond shape at the top of the model. Press flat.
  17. Turn the model over and Repeat Steps 14-16.
  18. Bring the top point of the model (top layer only) down to meet the bottom point. Press flat.
  19. Turn the model over and repeat Step 18.
  20. Locate the two legs that make up the model’s middle layer and grasp one leg between each thumb and forefinger.
  21. Pull the legs apart as far as possible to create the star shape. You can open up the star as much or as little as possible, as desired.

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