Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
Designer: Lindy van der Merwe

This model was folded by me without any external reference or resource.
If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.
Paper to be used: 4 squares - any kind of paper should work for this model.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
-------------------------Steps: 15
 ------------------------Description:  This is a flat, two-dimensional star, similar to the ninja star or Shuriken.
However, where the traditional Ninnja Star is most often folded from 2 rectangles, this model requires 4 squares.
The star has a surface made up of four fairly large squares, with four small, sharp points protruding from each corner.
You can use 1 or 2 colors or even 4 different colors for this star. If using 2 colors, make sure you alternate them, so that they will show on opposite sides of the star.
Stars are always beautiful to fold for many different occasions, including religious holidays like Christmas, 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 for children and decorate with glitter, sequence or any other embellishments if preferred.
These stars are classic folds that children can play with. See whose stars can travel the farthest and fastest.
Be careful though. The points are sharp and the stars should never be thrown at animals or people.
It is best to keep these stars away from very young children.
If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for the outside of the star is facing down before you start to fold.
Note that, in the instructions below, the correct positioning of the model during the folding process is very important, so take extra care to orient your paper correctly for each step.
You will be folding 4 similar units to form your star.
Step 1
Place a square down with its edges left and right, top and bottom.
Step 2
Fold the top edge to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded to form a rectangle.
Step 3
Fold the bottom edge, the top layer only, up to meet the top edge. Crease and leave folded.
Step 4
Flip the unit over from left to right so you have a rectangle with a smooth surface.
Step 5
Fold the bottom left and right corners diagonally upwards and inwards so they meet each other along the center of the rectangle.
The result will be a triangle, made up of 2 smaller triangles, that will be pointing towards you.
Step 6
Rotate the figure so it is pointing away from you.
Step 7
Now, bring the left corner of the model over to the right. Crease and leave folded.
This completes the basic folded unit.
Phase 2: Fold more similar units
Repeat steps 1 to 7 3 more times so you have 4 similarly shaped units to work with.
Step 8
First look at one of your folded units.
* Each unit is made up of a multi-layered rectangle at the bottom, with a fairly sharp, triangular point that seems to originate from inside the rectangle.
* The triangular point is situated more towards the left, closed side of the rectangle.
* Also notice that the rectangle is closed on the left and open on the right.
* The rectangle has a straight edge with  many layers or loose flaps on the right.
* These layers are also pockets which you will be making use of for the assembly.
* All units are placed and inserted in a similar way for the steps that follow.
Phase 3: Assembling your model
 Step 9
Take your first unit and place it down with the sharp point facing away from you and the open side of the rectangle on the right.
Step 10
Take the second unit and first holding it in a similar way than you did with unit 1, rotate it 90 degrees so that the point is facing right, with the closed side of the rectangle at the top.
Step 11
Now slide unit 2 toward the left so the rectangle fits over the right side of unit 1.
There are many layers involved, but you will be able to separate the flaps of unit 1 into a front and back part.
Likewise, unit 2 will have two single-layered pockets, one on the back and one on the front.
So, when you fit unit 2 over the rectangle of unit 1, make sure that each side slides into the corresponding pocket of the next unit.
Make sure you slide unit 2 in all the way, as far as it will go.
Step 12
Once you have the first 2 units connected, turn them 90 degrees to the left so unit 2 will now be ready for unit 3 to be placed over it.
 Step 13
After unit 3 is inserted, repeat turning and inserting unit 4 in the same way.
Remember that the rectangle of unit 4 will fit over unit 3.
Step 14
You might now find that unit 4 seems to lie on top of unit 1 and that it won't be easy to complete the assembly.
You will have to very gently loosen the units of the model so that you can make space for inserting unit 4 into unit 1 in order to complete the assembly.
Be patient and take your time. You should be able to wedge in the last flap without totally dislodging the rest of the model.
 Step 15
 Once all 4 units are connected, press them together and towards the center. Make sure all the points face in the same direction and that the sides of the star are straight.
 You can also check both sides of the central square. Each side will be divided by 4 foldlines, which should all face in the same direction.
 Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, September 2023
Revised, December 2023