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How to Make a Paper Ninja Star Step by Step Instructions

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At some point as a child, everybody must have loved to be a ninja or at least acted or dressed like one for some minutes.

Well, maybe not, but you must have admired the Batman or the samurais, and for sure your most thrilling moment is when they use the ninja star also known as Origami or Shiruken. a

We all would love to use that once or twice, but due to how dangerous that can be, it is not advised. To replace that thrill, we will learn how to make the origami ninja star using paper.

They can also be used for decorative purposes, or even as a piece of jewelry (earrings); they are also perfect to gift your little ones to attach to their costumes during costume days at school or Halloween. Okay, let’s begin.

How to Make a Paper Ninja Star

To create this beauty, you will need two sheets of square paper. The size of the paper will depend on how big you want the ninja star to be. A 3-inch paper can give you a small ninja star, while a 6-inch paper will give you a normal-sized ninja star.

You can as well pick any other size of paper depending on how large you want your paper ninja star to be. The one and only rule is it must be square-shaped. A printer paper or construction paper can be used.

Step 1

Fold both papers in half, then fold them into another half again.

Step 2

Now fold both papers into half horizontally so as to form a crease, then unfold.

Step 3

For the first paper, on the left end, fold the corner in, facing upward. For the right side, fold the corner in and downward.

For the second paper, on the left end, fold the corner in and downward, and for the right end, fold the corner in and upward.

Step 4

Flip both papers over.

Step 5

Fold the bottom and top ends of each piece in.

Step 6

Fold the bottom and top ends of each paper inwards again so as to form a diamond shape. This folding is done to form a crease, so after folding, unfold.

Step 7

Place both pieces over each other, to form a cross.

Step 8

Fold the top point of the vertical piece, then tuck it into the seam of the horizontal piece.

Step 9

Flip the piece over, then tuck the next top point into a free seam, continue flipping and tucking for every loose top point until all points have been completed.

Now you have your perfect paper ninja star. You can make more and more of them in different and beautiful colors, you won’t want to run out of supplies. Although they are paper, you still need to be careful when throwing them at people, as the sharp points and blunt blades can still cause minor injuries upon contact with sensitive areas of the skin.

 

How to Make an Origami Crane

Origami is one of the most creative DIY projects to carry out. You don’t need any special talent or equipment; you just need your hands, your ability to follow simple steps, and paper. Although to make it look really cool, you might want to use really light paper. Cardboard papers are difficult to fold and may make the process difficult.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to make an origami crane in a few simple steps. If this is your first time making origami, then you’re in luck, because you’re about to have really good background knowledge about the craft.

How to Make an Origami Crane – Step-by-Step

1. Get a square paper

The first step to creating an origami crane is getting a perfectly square piece of paper. If you can’t find anyone like that, you can simply pick any paper and trim the edges until you have a good square. Remember, not a rectangle but a square.

2. Folding the two triangles

You’ll need to fold the piece of paper into two separate triangles. Here’s how you do it. You try to connect two pointed tips of the paper. When you have connected one of the tips, you open it back up and connect the other two tips facing the opposite direction.

One thing you must do while folding the triangles is that you must ensure that you mark the lines because you would need to refold them later.

3. Folding the two rectangles

Fold the triangles just the same way you folded the triangles before, but this time you’ll not need the tips. You’ll connect the flat surfaces. Fold the paper to connect two edges of the four sides. By the time you’re done doing this, you’d have two rectangles of equal sizes. You must remember to fold two of them in opposite directions.

4. Fold the creases

Remember when I said you should mark the lines? Well, now’s the time for that. You’ll fold all the stretched sides in the exact direction that you first had them in. The important thing to know is that you’ll have to do all of them together. This may be a little daunting, but it’s the step you must take.

5. Form a kite by folding the two edges in. Do the same to the other side of the paper.

6. Fold the pointed edges till they connect with the bottom of the two edges you connected in step 5.

7. Pull the bottom corner above the top and fold it along the creases in step 4 and 5.

8. Flip the top layer on the right side over the left side, do the same to the left side.

9. Fold the top layer on both sides until it touches the tip of the bottom layer.

10. Repeat step 8.

11. Fold the wings down and also slightly bend one side of the long tips. That should represent the beak and the other side would represent the tail.

What you’ll have now is a neat and perfectly trimmed origami crane.