How to Cut Out a Paper Star

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Have you ever tried to cut out a star and wondered why it is so hard? Well, wonder no more because here is a simple way to make a perfect star with one single snip of your scissors. All you need is a piece of paper, this simple folding technique and a pair of scissors, and you'll have perfect stars in no time.

Create a perfect star with one simple cut.
Create a perfect star with one simple cut. (Image: Jessica Begum)

What You'll Need

For this project, all you need is one sheet of 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper and a pair of scissors.

Gather your supplies.
Gather your supplies. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 1: Fold the Paper in Half

Fold the paper in half so the seam is at the top.

Fold the paper in half.
Fold the paper in half. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 2: Fold the Left Corner to the Center

Fold the top left corner to the center of the paper so the left corner points to the middle of the right side.

Fold the left corner of the paper down to the center.
Fold the left corner of the paper down to the center. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 3: Accordion Fold the Left Corner

Now, take the same left corner you just folded and accordion fold it backwards so it lines up with the left-side seam.

Accordion fold the left corner back to the seam.
Accordion fold the left corner back to the seam. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 4: Fold the Right Side Over the Left Side

Take the remaining right side half and fold it entirely over the top of the left side.

Fold the right side over the left.
Fold the right side over the left. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 5: Accordion Fold the Left Corner Backwards

Accordion fold the top left corner backwards so it lines up with the right-side seam and makes a pointy top.The finished shape should resemble an upside down ice cream cone.

Fold the left corner backwards to form a cone.
Fold the left corner backwards to form a cone. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 6: Cut with Scissors

Align the scissors on the right side of the cone where the folded corner meets the side. Angle the scissors about 50 degrees towards the tip of the cone and cut in one single snip.

Cut from the right side point up towards the tip.
Cut from the right side point up towards the tip. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Step 7: Open the Paper to Reveal a Perfect Star

Unfold the paper to reveal a perfect star.

Open the folded paper.
Open the folded paper. (Image: Jessica Begum)

Tips for Making Different Star Shapes

To make different star shapes, experiment with different angled cuts -- the less the angle degree, the wider the star will be between points.

Different angled cuts make different shaped stars.
Different angled cuts make different shaped stars. (Image: Jessica Begum)

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