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Origami Star Instructions: A Guide to a Stunning Rainbow Decoration!

Origami Star Instructions: A Guide to a Stunning Rainbow Decoration!

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Want to learn how to create an incredibly beautiful three-dimensional rainbow decoration to bring a little cheer to the world? Carla Bagshaw’s origami star instructions below take you, step by step, through how to create this stunning papercraft design. You might want to have a couple of spare sheets ready at the beginning to practise the technique… but once you get the hang of the folds, this one is a great project for papercraft fanatics to get stuck into!

Step-by-Step Origami Star Instructions:

Time it Takes to Make: One hour

Skill Level: Intermediate

Top Tip: Always ensure you crease well, using a fingernail or bone folder.

You Will Need:

Step 1:


Take a sheet of square paper and fold it in half.

Step 2:

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Open the paper back out and fold one edge to the centre fold, then repeat on the other side.

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Step 3:

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Take the top flap and line it up with the edge of the paper; crease only halfway along the line. Rotate the paper and do the same on the other side.

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Step 4:

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Now, place your paper vertically in front of you, so that the non-creased edge is to your right. Take this edge and fold it over to the crease line you previously made.

Step 5:

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Fold the left corner over so that the two folds line up together (see photo)

Step 6:

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Open your last fold. Now, take the left edge and fold it over to the right so that the two edges line up exactly (forming an arrow shape).

Step 7:

Repeat steps 4-6 on the opposite side.

Step 8:

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Hold the paper between your thumb and forefinger horizontally. At the top left corner, you will have a large flap. Lift it up and gently pull it outwards; you need to invert your previous folds by pushing the paper inwards.

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Origami star instructions tutorial step

Step 9:

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This will leave a small ‘flap’ on the inside. This can now be tucked in at the opposite side where there is a ‘pocket’.

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Repeat steps 8 & 9 on the opposite side.

Step 10:

Hold your paper horizontally. The two folded flaps (top right and bottom left) should now be folded over to the back. Now turn over your paper and fold the smaller triangle over, so it is on the top. The front and back should now look like the following pictures:

Origami star instructions tutorial step

Origami star instructions tutorial step

Step 11:

The side WITHOUT the central opening should now be face-up. This is the trickiest part (for me at least!) and may take a couple of goes (don’t get frustrated!) Start at the left-hand side, where the central crease is, and begin to fold it down, but not all the way. We need to form two new creases, and as you begin to fold the centre down the lines begin to appear, one at the edge of the ‘flap’ and one at the opposite side where there is no flap. You need to pinch these lines to form the creases (it should look almost like a beak).

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Now push the two far corners together.

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Repeat Steps 10 and 11 on the opposite side. You should now have formed the following shape:

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Step 12:

Repeat all of the above, until you have seven of the above pieces.

Step 13:

Now it is time to construct the star… the hardest bit is over! Each of the shapes will have a flat edge at the top and a triangular flap at the bottom right-hand side. If you look at the left side, you will notice it is a triangular shape. Look closely at the long edge of that triangle and you will notice it is a ‘pocket’; this is the same, but reversed, on the other side. To construct the star, we need to place the flap from one colour into the pocket of another colour (you will have to open up the shape slightly on the pocket section to fit the whole flap of paper in, and then just push it back into place).

Attaching sections

Attaching sections

Turn it over, and repeat the same steps on the other side, so that the two flat edges are now together.

Attaching sections

You will then repeat step 13 for all of the colours, finally joining your first and last colours together to close the star.

Completed project

You’ve finally reached the end of our instructions, now you can thread string through and knot it at the bottom if you wish to hang your beautiful rainbow origami star in the window for the world to see!

If you’d like a simpler papercraft rainbow project to get stuck into, why not try your hand at our rainbow hot air balloon, right here?



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