Neal and I put up our tree last week, but until now it hasn’t had a star! I wanted to make one by hand and didn’t get to it till last night.
I was inspired by my sister, Abby, to make one out of paper. So I went to my computer to find some inspiration. I wanted something that only required scissors and folding. I put together two sets of directions to make this origami star. Sorry about the poor picture quality. Hopefully next time I will use a real camera instead of just my phone.
First, fold a square piece of paper in half. It can be any size, but I imagine anything smaller than 5 inches might be hard to fold.
Take the two bottom points and fold them up till they match up with the creases from the points at 10 and 2 o’clock.
Crease the fold a few inches in each direction.
Do this for each side of the pentagon
It will look like a mini hexagon in the middle when you are done.
Then pinch the corners of the star so that the whole thing looks like a taco bowl.
You should be able to put your fingers between the points to hold it into a star.
Now the tricky part. Fold over each star point to the left so that it looks sortof like a 5 sided pyramid. Its like a tent at this point, instead of a flat star. Then slowly coax the points apart so that it looks like the picture below.
I would take two opposite points and slightly pull them apart and rotate around the star that way several times. When you get them pulled apart far enough you can flatten it with your palm.
Then flip the star over.
Now you have 5 star points and a small pentagon with points in the middle. Take the hexagon point closest to you and fold it toward the center, creasing the star point length wise. This makes the star points pointyier! That is not a word.
Unfold and do the next one. Do this for all 5 points.
The star will look like this. Now go back and do it again, but keep folding the points over each other.
When you get to the last one, lift up the first so that you can tuck the 5th point under the 1st point.
Of course I forgot to take a picture of all of the completed ones. I’ll make another post so you can see the completed project.