Galaxy of origami stars

[Chapter: DIY + tutorials ]

When my 5 yo goddaughter and I meet up, we love to hand each other our little handmade somethings. She would shower me with sweet girly drawings, scribblings, love notes, masks or a surprise “masterpiece”. Godma would usually make origami iconic symbols.

Not long ago I made her a galaxy of stars, one of her favourite shapes. I have complied a list of what I had made to share with you the wonders of star origami.

The names of the first 4 stars are given by me as they don’t seem to have formal titles, so I took the liberty to describe them according to what they represent to me, hence they are by no means official.

1. Sheriff star

I like that you get 2 stars from this miraculous modular construct by Trang Chung. This is how it is done:

1. Fold rectangle (or dollar bill) in half length and breadthwise.
2. Fold one end to the middle, unfold. On other end, fold in 2 triangles.
3. Then bring the peak to the 1/4 crease. Crease.
4. Flip over. Fold in 2 triangles towards the middle crease.
5. Fold in 2 more triangles.
6. Flip over and align the peak vertically.
7. Fold up the flap to underneath the triangle A.
8-9. Repeat the above step 2 more times.
10. Repeat above steps to make 4 more.
11. Slip B’s left arm into A’s pouch.
12. Flip to the front.
13. Direct A’s right arm into B’s pouch.
14. Repeat steps 11-13 to unite all 5 pieces.

2. Starfish

Taking a cue from Craft Ideas, I 3D-ize a cutout star like this:

1. Cut out a 5-point star, make 5 slits. Crease the folds well.
2. Turn over and fold in the triangles at each point.
3. Glue one triangle on top of the other.
4. The creases made in step 1 helps to define the shape.

Notes:

  • Will need a slim tool (e.g. needle, toothpick) to prop up the triangles while gluing.
  • Stack a few on top of each other and you’ll get a pine tree!

3. Rosette star

I like this star by Tomoko Fuse on Extreme Cards. Attractive and yet simple. The smaller pale blue is the backview.

Notes:

  • A 5 point pentagon-shaped paper is required to make this. There is a quick way to trim a piece of square into a pentagon, just follow these steps.
  • If using 2-coloured paper (say white and red), start with the white side up.

4. Faceted snowflake star

This 5-point modular model is easy to make albeit it took me many tries to get the polished look just about right. The steps can be found at Origami Spirit. 5cm squares were used to make these.

Notes:

  • The accentuating dents have to be well creased in the preparation stage so that they will be easier to maneuver during touch up.
  • High risk of ending up with a worn-out wrinkled star.
  • What a surprise to have its core hold a toothpick!

5. 5-point and 6-point stars

Creasing the 5 and 6 folds on a 5-point and 6-point star respectively will give posture to each star. In its flat state, I made various sizes and glue-dot them one on top of another.

These stars are easily cutout following these steps: 5-point and 6-point.

[p.s. Kindly refrain from sharing the entire tutorial on your blog/website, please direct your readers over here to view the steps. Thank you.]


35 thoughts on “Galaxy of origami stars

  1. WOW… a galaxy of stars! This was very special and extra fun, Clara! Thank you for the how-tos! Happy Weekend((HUGS)) Speaking of paper, I’m having a tiny giveaway… stop by, if you get time… :o)

  2. Clara, I am trying to make the first star now and would like to ask you a ? What is the size of the paper I should be using? When I fold the first triangle end it hasn’t got the same shape as yours so I think I am not using the right size paper! Thank, Lis

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