How to make an origami paper sword & ninja weapons

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How to make an origami paper sword & ninja weapons
Ninjas were a type of expert spy during the age of the Samurai in Japan. (Kendo Round 1 Fight image by Infs from Fotolia.com)

Ninjas were a type of elite and expert spy during the age of the Samurai. According to Web Japan, "Ninjas were called upon by their feudal lords to gather information, plunder the enemy's food and weapon supplies, and lead the way in nighttime attacks." Creating origami paper ninja weapons not only allows you to practice the art of paper-folding, but also allows you to create safe weapons for make-believe games, leading the way in your own pretend "nighttime attacks."

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Several sheets of 6 inch origami paper

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Instructions

    Paper Sword

  1. 1

    Pull the top right corner down to the lower left corner, making a diagonal fold through the piece of paper, splitting it in half. Make a firm crease.

  2. 2

    Unfold the paper and turn it so that it looks more like a diamond than a square, with one corner of the square pointing north and the other pointing south.

  3. 3

    Pull the northern corner down to the centre crease. Press firmly into place. Pull the southern corner up to the centre crease. Press firmly into place. The right and left corners of the piece should be sticking straight out.

  4. 4

    Turn the piece so that the left corner of the piece is pointing north and the right corner of the piece is pointing south.

  5. 5

    Fold the top right corner inward to the centre line, making a strong crease. Fold the top left corner inward to the centre line, making a firm crease. Turn the piece so that the northern part of the piece is on the southern side and repeat this step with the new top right and top left corner.

  6. 6

    Fold the right corner of your now very skinny diamond inward to the centre line. Repeat with the left corner.

  7. 7

    Turn your piece over and twist it, as if you were wringing out a towel, from the middle point downwards. This is the base of your sword.

  8. 8

    Twist another piece of origami paper completely from top to bottom, so that it resembles a twisted cylinder. Wrap this piece of origami around your sword's base, around the middle. This is the crossguard.

    Ninja Throwing Star

  1. 1

    Lay two different coloured squares of paper in front of you on a flat surface. Take one square and pull the top part of the square down towards the bottom, folding it in half. Now a horizontal crease should cut through the middle of the square. Repeat with the other piece of paper.

  2. 2

    Unfold the first square. Pull the top side of the square down to the centre line and crease into place. Pull the bottom side up to the centre line and crease into place. Fold the new top of the piece down to the new bottom piece. You now have a skinny strip of paper. Repeat with the other square.

  3. 3

    Take one piece and lay it in front of you vertically with the crease side on your right. Pull the top left corner down to the right side of the piece, making a tiny triangle.

  4. 4

    Pull the bottom right corner up to the left side, making another tiny triangle. Set this piece aside.

  5. 5

    Take the other folded strip of paper and lay it in front of you vertically with the long crease on the right side. Take the top right corner and fold it down to the left side, making a tiny triangle. Take the bottom left corner and fold it up to the right side, making another tiny triangle.

  6. 6

    Take your first piece and pull the bottom point up and to the right, stopping at the middle of the piece. Press down and crease into place. It will make a right angle with the rest of the piece.

  7. 7

    Pull the top point down and to the left, stopping at the middle of the piece. Make a firm crease. You now have two triangular shapes.

  8. 8

    Take your other piece and pull the bottom point up and to the left, stopping at the middle of the piece. Press down firmly. This fold should make a right angle with the rest of the piece.

  9. 9

    Pull the top point down and to the right, making a strong crease. You should now have two triangular shapes.

  10. 10

    Take your first piece and turn it over. Fold the top triangle inward towards the middle. Fold the bottom triangle inward to the middle. Repeat these steps with the other piece.

  11. 11

    Unfold the last two creases that you just made with each piece. Turn the second piece so that it lays horizontally in front of you. The side of the piece that has no creases in the middle should be face up.

  12. 12

    Place your first piece exactly on top of it, except this piece should be vertical. Once on top of it, the two pieces should make a cross shape. Make sure the first piece has the opposite side face up.

  13. 13

    Take the left point of the second piece and fold it towards the middle, tucking it into the top piece's flap. Take the right point of the second piece and fold it towards the middle, tucking it into the top piece's other flap.

  14. 14

    Flip the piece over. Fold the top point of the first piece inward to the middle, tucking it into a slight flap made by the second piece. Fold the bottom point of the first piece inward to the middle, tucking it into a different slight flap made by the second piece.

  15. 15

    Press down on all your creases to tighten the star.

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