Kirigami Star

Fold and Cut Kirigami Stars

Folding Kirigami stars is something any paper folding enthusiast can do, regardless of skill level. Use the stars to decorate your walls, mantel or Christmas tree. Choose patterned paper for displaying them during holidays or match the origami paper colors to your home decorating scheme.

These instructions are modified from those available at the Betsy Ross Hompage at ushistory.org.

Step 1

Begin by cutting a strip off one side of a square piece of origami paper. This makes the paper rectangular. Otherwise, try using a rectangular sheet of paper.

Step 2

Lay the paper vertically on your table with the white side facing up. Fold the rectangular piece of paper in half, bottom to top, so that the colored/patterned side is now on top.

Step 3

Fold the paper in half again, top to bottom, creasing and then unfolding. Then bring the left side to the right side, being careful to crease only the middle of the bottom instead of the entire fold. Unfold the paper.

Step 4

Bring the bottom left corner up to the horizontal middle line, using the small middle vertical crease as a guide point, and crease. Do not bring the left corner all the way to the right side of the paper, otherwise the star will look very distorted.

Step 5

Fold the bottom right corner up and over the left piece.

Step 6

Next, take the right corner made by the previous step and fold the paper over onto itself. Carefully line up the two edges and crease firmly.

Step 7

Hold the paper in front of you. You should see a diagonal crease line left in the paper from a previous fold, going from the bottom right to the upper left portion of the paper. Cut the paper along this line, being careful not to move the layers of folded paper. The cut will form a triangle. Discard the top of the paper that you cut off.

Step 8

Unfold the paper to reveal a five-point Kirigami star. Flatten the star underneath heavy books overnight to help eliminate the creases.

Although these instructions do not form a perfectly symmetrical star, they make it quick and easy to fold and cut a star, even if you do not have a rectangle shaped paper available. Try following the LoveToKnow slideshow How to Make a Paper Doll Chain for another easy and fun project.

Fold and Cut Kirigami Stars

Folding Kirigami stars is something any paper folding enthusiast can do, regardless of skill level. Use the stars to decorate your walls, mantel or Christmas tree. Choose patterned paper for displaying them during holidays or match the origami paper colors to your home decorating scheme.

These instructions are modified from those available at the Betsy Ross Hompage at ushistory.org.

Step 1

Begin by cutting a strip off one side of a square piece of origami paper. This makes the paper rectangular. Otherwise, try using a rectangular sheet of paper.

Step 2

Lay the paper vertically on your table with the white side facing up. Fold the rectangular piece of paper in half, top to bottom, so that the colored/patterned side is now on top.

Step 3

Fold the paper in half again, top to bottom, creasing and then unfolding. Then bring the left side to the right side, being careful to crease only the middle of the bottom instead of the entire fold. Unfold the paper.

Step 4

Bring the bottom left corner up to the horizontal middle line, using the small middle vertical crease as a guide point, and crease. Do not bring the left corner all the way to the right side of the paper, otherwise the star will look very distorted.

Step 5

Fold the bottom right corner up and over the left piece.

Step 6

Next, take the right corner made by the previous step and fold the paper over onto itself. Carefully line up the two edges and crease firmly.

Step 7

Hold the paper in front of you. You should see a diagonal crease line left in the paper from a previous fold, going from the bottom right to the upper left portion of the paper. Cut the paper along this line, being careful not to move the layers of folded paper. The cut will form a triangle. Discard the top of the paper that you cut off.

Step 8

Unfold the paper to reveal a five-point Kirigami star. Flatten the star underneath heavy books overnight to help eliminate the creases.

Although these instructions do not form a perfectly symmetrical star, they make it quick and easy to fold and cut a star, even if you do not have a rectangle shaped paper available. Try following the LoveToKnow slideshow How to Make a Paper Doll Chain for another easy and fun project.

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