The ninja star's origin is shrouded in mystery. Also known as the Shuriken, the weapon is thought to have originated in 2nd century Japan. The art of throwing originally involved long needles and nails. When the skill migrated to China, more varieties of blade shapes appeared. The throwing of the star is also a mysterious art -- the blades are made to fit in the hand so that they can be thrown at an enemy unexpectedly. Make your own ninja star with a few sticky post-it notes from your desk drawer.
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Things you need
- 8 Sticky post-it notes
Lay one note with the sticky side down.
Fold the note in half horizontally with the sticky side out. Crease the note.
Open the note, and flatten it. Fold the top two corners in, and crease them as if you were folding a paper aeroplane. The sticky part of the note is now covered.
Fold the left side to the bottom, and crease it. The square is now divided diagonally from the corner to the centre of the note. Do the same for the right side.
Collapse the paper into itself with the valley you just created. Flatten the note into a rhombus shape, and crease the edges.
Repeat this process with the seven remaining notes.
Take the pointed end of one note, and insert it into the valley of a second note. The two points of the end should hang over the inserted note.
Fold tabs into the valley of the note, and crease them. Push the interlocked notes flat, and crease them.
Repeat the last few steps with the remaining pieces, forming a circle. Push in the sides until the star is complete.
Tips and warnings
- A piece of square paper that is approximately the size of a sticky note will work just as well.
- Mix and match different types, colours and sizes of paper.
- Do not throw paper ninja stars near the eyes.
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