Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Origami Stars- Tutorial

I have so much fun doing origami.  A craft with one material- genius!  For me, one of the most fun, quickest, and easiest thing to make are the traditional origami stars.  And cute, too!

For my tutorial, I'm using a strip of construction paper that is 1/2" x 12".  I don't really recommend using construction paper, though.  It can be hard to work with.  The length of the paper can vary.  My general rule is : the thicker the paper, the short the strip.  Having the paper be too long makes it very hard to shape in the end.  So, trial and error may be your friend here.

I made a step-by-step photo guide to making the stars:

Basically you are folding a knot in the paper.  At step number 3, you are tucking the end through the opening, and step number 4, you are pulling the paper tight and pressing it flat.

Steps 5-8 are folding the paper around, making sure to keep the edge in line with the side of the 'knot'.  Continue to fold this way until you reach the end of the paper.

When you reach the end, you might find that the end is a little too long to tuck in.  What I do is fold the excess paper down, and then tuck the end into the pocket (step 11).

Once it's all folded up and tucked in, it's time to shape it into a star.  Press your nail into each of the five sides.  This shapes the corners into the points of the star.

Make a whole bunch!

I prefer making mine with 1/4" wide strips of paper, making stars about 1 cm small.

Oh, and if you're in the market for some origami star earrings, you could always swing by my Etsy shop and take a peek at what I've got...
Red Sparkle Origami Star Earrings
Literary Origami Star Earrings

7 crazy awesome comments:

daperfectmix said...

Those are too cute. I will definitely give that a try. I bet my daughter would enjoy that too!

HJC Editor said...

Hi Sarah!

I find this tutorial a great idea so I featured it on my blog :D You could find it here:


damaminka said...

These are so sweet! How would you stiffen the stars so they will stand up to possibly being slightly squished?

diananewton said...

You could try to varnish/glaze them

CapturedByLori said...

Totally rockin'!
Love these stars.
So different - lets everyone discover their own "star" quality!
Look forward to trying these - I have an idea...a little twist...if it works, I will share it with you and give you the credit for the original design...
On Artfire and Facebook

shwetha said...

i tried it but it isnt the same as u did.urs is AWESOME.

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