Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
This model is from the publication "Simple Origami for Cub Scouts and Leaders" by Sakiko Wehrman
Simple Origami for Cub Scouts and Leaders
Paper to be used: Square; use large paper to practice with at first.
 Folding level: Intermediate
Steps: 21
This is a four-pointed star that has a beautiful, delicate, 3D appearance.
The front of the star is somewhat rounded while the back shows where the different layers of the paper are coming together.
NOTE:  This model uses 3 of the well-known origami bases. It starts off with the Blintz Base, then moves on to the Preliminary or Square Base, leading into the Bird Base, which is then turned into the final figure, the Four-Pointed Stretch Star.
The instructions for this model are accordingly grouped into sections A, B, C and D.
You can learn about the different origami bases at the following link:
Introduction to Folds and Bases Used in Origami
This model can be used as a tree topper or an ornament on its own or as part of a garland.
String and beads can be used to make garlands, stringing the stars so they hang sideways or facing front.
Alternatively, you can string or glue 2 models back-to-back for an even more elaborate star.

Section A:  The Blintz Base
Step 1
Place a square down with its edges to the left and right, top and bottom.
Step 2
Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Make the blintz fold by using the method you prefer to fold all four corners in to meet at the center of the square.
See the link above for ways to do the Blintz Base.
When pressed flat, you should end up with a smaller square-shaped model divided into 4 triangles.
Make sure that, as far as possible, all outside corners are folded neatly at a 90 degree angle and that the crease lines all lie straight and meet precisely in the center of the square.
Be sure to keep your model folded like it is now, before moving on to the next base form.

Section B - The Preliminary or Square Base
Step 5
Rotate your folded square so that it forms a diamond shape, with its points at the left, right, top and bottom.
Step 6
Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
Step 7
Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.
Step 8
Turn the square over from left to right and position it so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.
Step 9
Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 10
Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
Step 11
Grasp the left and right points of the resulting rectangle, pick the model up from your folding surface and push inward. The model should collapse along the pre-existing folds.
The result will be a square or diamond-shaped model, with four flaps one each to the left and right, front and back.
Step 12
Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat.
The model will have one open end, which should be facing you.

Section C - The Bird Base
To form the Bird Base, 2 petal folds are added to the Square Base.
Step 13
Bring the lower left edge of the model's top layer over to meet the vertical center crease. Leave folded.
Repeat with the lower right edge.                                                                                                            
Step 14
Fold the top point down as far as it will go, so the triangular shape at the top of the diamond will cover the already-folded flaps beneath.
 Make a strong horizontal crease along the top edge of the model.
 Step 15
Unfold the top point and both the left and right triangular flaps.
Step 16
Pull the bottom point of the model (top layer only) up toward the top point. The top layer should collapse along the existing crease lines as you move upward and you should be able to take the bottom point up an over to lay flat on the work surface.
At the same time, the raw edges of the figure will seem to rise up slightly and move towards each other, meeting at the center of the model.
The result will be a long, skinny diamond shape sitting on top of the diamond-shaped bottom layer.
Step 17
Turn the model over from left to right.
Step 18
Repeat Steps 13 to 17 on this side of the figure.
 Your Bird Base unit is completed. It will be a long, skinny diamond shape that will now be cymmetrical and multi-layered.

Section D - Forming the Stretch STAR
Step 19
 Hold the Bird Base so the center triangle, that is now hiding at the inside center of the figure is facing             away from you. The thin flaps that can move back and forth, or the legs, should be nearest you.
            Step 20
Bring both the top front and back flaps down on each side so that the center triangle that was hidden is now revealed.
Step 21
Lastly, slightly open the back and front flaps and find the skinny legs that are now hidden on the inside of the model.
Holding a flap on each side, gently pull your hands to the left and right in a gentle arc upwards and outwards.
As you do this, the front and back flaps will also rise and your star will seem to magically stretch into shape to form a beautiful, slightly 3D four-pointed star.
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~`~Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, November 2023