How to Make an Origami Sun & Moon

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How to Make an Origami Sun & Moon
Many different shapes can be created with origami. (origami composition image by wildman from

With origami, a single sheet of paper can be transformed into a sculpture in a fun and interesting way. With just a few folds of a sheet of paper, you can form an origami sun and moon, also known as an eight point star, which is one of the most popular origami folds. The finished product will give you an octagonal ring shape, representing the full moon, which turns into an eight-point star after a few folds, representing the sun.

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Things you need

  • 8 square pieces of paper (2 to 4 colours)

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  1. 1

    Collect eight small square sheets of paper. Fold the first square in half to make a triangle, crease it and then unfold. Fold it in half to make a triangle the other way, and again crease and unfold. Finally fold the square in half to make a rectangle before creasing and unfolding.

  2. 2

    Fold two of the corners in from one side of the square toward the middle crease. Fold the sheet in half again along the middle crease. Hold the sheet by the pointed end in one hand, and push the sheet down at the back, using your other hand, which will leave a parallelogram shape with a split tail at one side. (The split tail is the gap between the back end of one of the shapes.) Repeat these steps for the other seven sheets of paper.

  3. 3

    Place the closed point of one piece into the split tail of another. Take the ends of the split tail that stick out from the first piece and fold the ends into the split tail of the second piece. Repeat this procedure for the next piece, and connect the pieces as you go on. Eventually the pieces will be connected in an octagonal ring shape, representing the full moon.

  4. 4

    Push the four sides of the ring shape that you have formed into the centre. This may seem difficult the first time you try, but the shape will loosen the more that you move it. When the sides are fully pushed in, an eight pointed star will be revealed, representing the sun. Slide the sides outward to reveal the moon again.

Tips and warnings

  • Use two different colours when making your origami sun and moon. One coloured shape will fit into the next, helping to avoid confusion when slotting the split tail of one shape into another.

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