Text-Only Instructions
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Instructions with supporting pictures and/or illustrations can be found
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Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at
Folding level: Intermediate
Steps: 14
Description:  This is a flat, two-dimensional star, folded from one
sheet of square paper. The folds and adjustments for creating the star
is made on the backside of the model. When turned over, the front side
shows 5 points that are cymmetrical. Tactually, the center part of the
star resembles a large triangle with two arms poking out from behind on
its left and right. There is a small ridge that can be felt at the left
bottom tip of the model, as if the tip of the triangle has been cut off.
Stars are always beautiful to fold for many different occasions,
including religious holidays and celebrations like the 4th of July in
the U.S. or just for fun throughout the year.
Use colors like silver, gold, red, green or blue and tie with matching
ribbon to hang the stars from a tree or around the house.
Use on cards or as decorations on gifts.
Make as a project with children and decorate with glitter, sequence or
any other embellishments if preferred.
For a hanging ornament that looks the same on both sides, fold two stars
and glue their backs together.
If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for
the front of the star is facing down before you start to fold.
It may help to divide the folding of this model into parts.
The first (Steps 1 to 9) involves the basic folds and the folding of two
points of the star.
The second (Step 10) is a twisting move which will move into place the
top and two bottom points of the star.
In the last part (Steps 11 to 14) a similar technique is used to form
the left and right points of the star.
Part 1
Step 1
Place a square of paper on your work surface and position it so that the
edges are facing up and down, left and right.
Step 2
Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Rotate the square so that it now resembles a diamond, with its points
facing up and down, left and right.
Step 5
Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
Step 6
Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
You will now have a triangular model pointing towards you. The longest,
closed side will be facing away from you. You will notice three crease
lines on your triangle. At the center there will be a vertical fold line
with diagonal crease lines on the left and right of it.
You will be using the two diagonal crease lines as guidelines in the
next step.
Step 7
Fold the model's top left edge down to meet the first diagonal crease
line you encounter. Crease well and leave folded.
You will now have a long, slender rectangular shape on the left edge of
your model, with its point extending beyond the bottom left edge of the
Step 8
Turn the model over, like turning the page of a book, and repeat Step 7.
The result will be another long triangular point which will look similar
to the one folded in the previous step.
Step 9
If it is the first time you are making this model, it is strongly
suggested that you apply a dab of glue or use a small piece of "Blu
Tack" or "Prestik" on the inside of the long, skinny triangles you
folded in the previous two steps. This will help a lot to keep them
closed when you perform the next step.
Part 2
Step 10
In this step you will be performing a kind of twisting of your paper.
Lift up your model from your folding surface and grasp the bottom points
at the center of your triangle between your thumbs and forefingers.
Grasp the top layer of the paper with your left thumb and forefinger and
the bottom layer with your right thumb and forefinger. First move your
left hand up and your right hand down in order to open the model just
Then, gradually, move your hands apart and outward to the left and right
as far as possible, letting the paper fold along the crease lines
already created.
What will happen is that the points you have been holding between your
fingers that were at the vertical center of the model will now start to
rotate and sort of twist and they will eventually move apart and end up
on the far left and right side of your model.
The two long triangles that you have glued down will also have moved.
They will now be situated at the center of the paper, one on the back
and one on the front side of the model. The model as a whole will look
like a large triangle with two legs sticking out from its bottom. These
two legs will be the two bottom points of your five-point star while the
top of the triangle is the top point of the star.
Next, you will be creating the last two points of the star.
Don't be afraid to adjust these left and right points of the star before
making your final folds. They are, in essence, accordion folds. You can
make them longer or shorter and also let them point more upwards or
Part 3
Step 11
Form the right point: Fold the large arm on the right point of the model
over to the left as far as it will go. It will be stopped by folds you
have previously made. Press flat.
You should now have a straight slanting edge along the right side of
your model.
Step 12
Take the point of the flap you have just folded and fold it back to the
right again, but not all the way. Fold it back so it forms the fourth
point of your star and so it lies more or less between the top point and
the bottom right point of the star. You don't have a crease to guide you
here, so just make a guess and make a strong crease when you have made
your fold.
Try to ensure that the triangle you are forming comes to rest in an
upside-down position with its closed base in a horizontal position. The
point you are now creating should thus be facing to the right and in an
easterly direction.
Step 13
Now perform the same two folds on the large arm that is sticking out on
the left of your model, first bringing the flap over to the right as far
as it will go and then folding it back at an angle, thus creating the
fifth point of the star.
You will have formed another triangle similar to the one on the right.
This one will also come to rest with its closed base in a horizontal
position and it will be pointing in a westerly direction or to the left.
It will seem like the two last-formed triangles are upside-down with the
left lying partly on top of the right. Don't worry if these folds seem
somewhat confusing. This is the back of your star.
Check that your two left and right points are cymmetrical as far as
possible and that they are the same distance from the top center point
of the star.
Step 14
Finally, turn over your model and you should discover a cool
five-pointed star, created from one square of paper.
Making origami accessible to visually impaired
crafters through text instructions.
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, November 2014
Revised, October 2022