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How to Make a Paper Ninja Star


Ninja stars -- called shuriken in Japanese -- are ancient weapons used by ninjas to fight off their enemies [source: Paper Crafty]. Read the steps below and learn about how you can make your own ninja star out of paper and show everyone who the most dangerous ninja in the neighborhood is.

All you need for this project is two pieces of square origami paper. It doesn't matter what size paper you use. The larger the paper, the bigger your star will be.

Here's what to do:

  1. Fold one of the pieces of paper in half. This will be the main crease. Open it up.
  2. Fold both sides in half toward the main crease.
  3. Fold the paper in half along the main crease. You now have a long rectangle.
  4. Fold the tip of one of the top corners (i.e. along the width) down, so that it meets the opposite side.
  5. Repeat at the bottom of the rectangle.
  6. Fold the top corner that you made in step 4 diagonally into the center.
  7. Repeat with the bottom corner. Your paper now looks like a triangle and an upside down triangle.
  8. Repeat steps 1-7 with the second piece of paper.
  9. Place one of the models on the table. Open the crease of the upper triangle. You now have a parallelogram.
  10. Place the second triangle model on top of the parallelogram.
  11. Fold the top tip of the parallelogram across the triangle model.
  12. Tuck the inner points of the top model's side into the parallelogram's pocket.
  13. Fold the bottom tip of the parallelogram across the triangle model.
  14. Tuck the inner points of the triangle model's side into the parallelogram's pocket.
  15. Flip the model over.
  16. Tuck the remaining tips of the triangle model into the folds on the back [source: Tiny Shiny].

Don't worry if your first few ninja stars don't turn out perfect. It takes practice to create an accurate ninja star.


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