How to Make a Five-Point Star in Origami

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How to Make a Five-Point Star in Origami
Make a five-pointed origami star with a single piece of paper. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding, or converting flat sheets of paper into sculpture without the use of scissors or glue. One of the most popular origami shapes is the star, which can be made with several different appearances and a differing number of points, including this five-pointed star.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • One piece of pentagon-shaped origami paper

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  1. 1

    Place the piece of paper so that a flat edge faces you and a tip of the pentagon is on top. Fold the paper in half vertically. Crease well and unfold.

  2. 2

    Fold the paper four more times. Each fold should go from a point of the pentagon and intersect with the middle of the opposite flat edge. Unfold after each fold. The pentagon folds should look like a star with a total of 10 spokes intersecting in the middle.

  3. 3

    Fold the tips of the pentagon inward so each matches up with the centre of the pentagon. Unfold after each tip fold is completed.

  4. 4

    Fold the top right flat edge inward so that the middle of the edge lines up with the intersection point in the middle of the pentagon. The folded area should be the same width on both sides of the edge fold. Maintain the fold.

  5. 5

    Fold the new top corner downward so that it lines up with the bottom of the pentagon and covers half the length. Unfold all folds.

  6. 6

    Fold each tip to the right, so that the fold meets the midpoint of the adjacent flat side of the pentagon. Maintain all folds.

  7. 7

    Flip the star over. Fold each edge of the new pentagon toward the middle and maintain the folds. Your star is now complete.

Tips and warnings

  • Folding origami takes time and patience. You may need to start over multiple times or refer to the visual diagram to obtain the desired result. If you can not find a pentagon shaped piece of origami paper you can create one from a square piece using scissors and a ruler. If you must create this shape, be sure to make exact measurements and cuts so that the pentagon has perfect proportions. Paper that is out of proportion will not be easily folded for the same results. Non-origami paper can be utilised to create the star, but the shape and folds may not hold as well due to varying levels of paper thickness.

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