How to Make a Five Point Star

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Geometry doesn't have to be dreaded; it can be used to create beautiful pictures. If you would like to create a perfect five point star, it's simple with a compass, ruler and a little patience. You can use the star to decorate anything you wish.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tool
  • Compass

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw a horizontal line wider than your star, using a ruler to make it absolutely straight. Draw an intersecting vertical line taller than your star and forming a right angle. Label the intersection "A."

  2. 2

    Open the compass so the measurement is half the size that you want your star. Put the point of the compass on mark "A." Make a circle with the compass that cuts through all the lines. Mark the spot that it intersects on the upper part of the vertical line as "B."

  3. 3

    Mark any point on the horizontal line between the edge of the circle and point "A." Label this as "C."

  4. 4

    Adjust the compass so the pencil touches point "B" and the point of the compass touches "C." Make an arc that intersects the horizontal line on the other side of point "A." Mark it as "D."

  5. 5

    Measure the distance from point "C" to "D." Use a ruler and this measurement. Start at point "B" and draw a line from there to the edge of the circle, on the inside. This is called a chord. Make a second line of the same distance from that point to a other spot on the circle. Do this all the way around until you are back to the original point. You now have a pentagon.

  6. 6

    Use a straight edge to connect every other corner of the pentagon. Start at point "B" and continue until corners are connected. This forms a pentagram, a perfect five pointed star.

  7. 7

    Use the star you just made as a template, or erase all extraneous lines and use it for your project.

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