5 Pointed Origami Star Tutorial – Step by step

These 5 pointed origami stars are easy to fold and make beautiful Christmas decorations. You can make them from magazines, scrapbook papers or sheet music, whatever you happen to have lying around.

One of the 5 pointed origami stars is folded from scan of a dictionary page and the others are made from vintage style scrapbook papers. I went for vintage patterns but you could equally well use bright Christmas colors.

I also tried hanging them on the mirror in our living room and I think they look quite nice there:

Credit for this design belongs to Shuzo Fujimoto, who created the design in the 70s.

Required Material:

  • a square sheet of paper
  • some scissors

First up, you’ll need to cut a pentagon out of your square. You can use an origami trick because it works for any size of paper, and also it’s quicker. Here’s a Step by step tutorial + 2 minute video showing you how it’s done.

How to Cut a Pentagon from a Square (origami trick)

Steps Folding the 5 Pointed Origami Star:

Step 1: Start with your paper nice-side-down. Fold the pentagon in half through each of its points and unfold again, so that you have a set of creases like this:

Fold up the bottom edge so that the corners meet the creases you just made:

Unfold again, then make the same fold for all the other sides of the pentagon, so that you have a set of creases like this:

Step 2: Fold in the left edge along one of the creases you just made. Then fold up the bottom edge, at the same time pulling the corner of the pentagon out to the left like this. Squash the fold flat.

Unfold completely. Rotate the pentagon 1/5th of a rotation so that the next side is at the bottom, then repeat the folds as in the image above. Do the same thing for all the rest of the sides of the pentagon. When you’ve finished you will have a new set of creases that look something like this:

Step 3: Starting with the pentagon completely unfolded, pinch all the corners together and squash them toward the center. With a bit of “massaging” the paper will collapse into a star shape.

Step 4: Turn over the star. Fold in the right edge to the center line, like this:

Working clockwise around the star, do the same thing for all the other arms:

Here’s the finished star:

How did you star turn out? Please leave a comment if you’ve got a question or just want to say hi.

Here’s a photo shared by reader Kerrie who says “I made a garland out of my stars and used K&Company scrapbook paper for the stars”. Thanks for sharing your photo Kerrie!

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