How to Make an Origami 12-Point Star

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How to Make an Origami 12-Point Star
Making origami stars is a fun project for all ages. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

The 12-point star is occasionally referred to as the "ninja" star in origami. This is because it resembles the ninja throwing stars upon completion. Learning how to make an origami 12-point star gives you a way to make beautiful decorations for gift giving, holiday trees or origami mobiles, or it can be combined with other origami creations. Many varieties of origami paper are available at craft stores, though you can also create your own by cutting standard paper into 8-inch squares.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 12 sheets origami paper
  • Bone folder (optional)
  • Clear tape or needle and thread (optional)

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  1. 1

    Fold your first sheet of paper in half to form a rectangle. Unfold, and fold in half in the opposite direction, so that the paper is divided into four squares by creases when it is unfolded once more.

  2. 2

    Fold all four corners into the centre of the square of paper, meeting in the middle and forming a smaller square shape. Press all folds firmly with a fingertip or bone folder to create a sharp crease.

  3. 3

    Keeping the folded sides facing up, fold two corners toward the centre at a 45 degree angle. These folds should meet along the centre line, in the same way that the points would be folded toward the centre when creating a paper aeroplane. The resulting shape should resemble a kite.

  4. 4

    Flip the paper over, so that the folded edges face down. There should be a long pointed end and a short pointed end. Fold the short pointed end up towards the long pointed end, creating a crease at the point of the other two corners.

  5. 5

    Fold the resulting triangle in half along the centre line, keeping the folded-up edge created in the previous step on the outside.

    Repeat with the remaining sheets of paper until you have 12 completed triangles.

  6. 6

    Along the long side of each right-angled side of each triangle there will be "pocket" openings created by the folds. Open these slightly with your fingertips and slide the edges of the next triangle into the one before it. Continue until all triangles are linked together in a circular pattern.

    If desired, secure the star with clear tape, or sew together with a needle and thread.

Tips and warnings

  • Use stars to replace bows when wrapping gifts.
  • String multiple stars together to create mobiles.
  • Use rice paper or vellum to create stars to be hung in windows, which will reflect coloured light.

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