How to Fold a 3D Origami Star


Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Origami artists transform simple pieces of paper into beautiful, three-dimensional works of art. While there are many ways of folding stars using origami techniques, you can fold a miniature, three-dimensional star using just one strip of paper. Like any type of art, origami takes time and practice. If you make a mistake, don't be afraid to unfold the paper and try again.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Cut a strip of paper that is 11 inches long and half an inch wide.

  • Fold the strip of paper into a looped ribbon shape. One end of the ribbon should be quite short, and the other end should be as long as possible.

  • Slip the long end of the paper up through the loop to tie a knot with the paper. Pull the knot tight but be careful not to scrunch the paper when you do this.

  • Flatten the knot you just formed. Lay the paper so that the long end is extended to the right and the short end is sticking up, out of the folded pentagon shape.

  • Valley fold (fold the paper to the front) the small end of the paper, tucking it into the pentagon so it disappears out of sight.

  • Turn the project onto the other side and valley fold the long end of the paper along the bottom right side of the pentagon.

  • Turn the project back over and valley fold the long end of the paper along the top right edge of the pentagon shape.

  • Continue flipping and valley folding the strip of paper until it is short enough to be tucked into the edge of the pentagon shape, just as you did with the other end.

  • Hold the pentagon firmly between two fingers, so the base of the pentagon is facing upward. Use your thumbnail to press in one of the edges. Repeat with the remaining sides until the pentagon shape resembles a three-dimensional star.

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