Origami Stars Craft

If you like origami Christmas ornaments, make an origami star with this step-by-step tutorial! It’s one of those festive DIY projects that are so simple to make and a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

This origami paper star is great fun for the whole family; it’s challenging enough for older kids to do when feeling bored, and adults that love paper crafts will have so much fun too. The best thing is that you don’t need a lot of prep: just get a square of paper and follow the step-by-step photos.

Happy folding!

origami star on a dark blue background above origami and ornamental christmas trees
Let’s make an origami Christmas star!

Whimsical Mini Paper Stars

If you have some sheets of paper, scrapbook paper or extra wrapping paper and are looking for a good idea to use them on, the best way is to make some easy origami stars. Making big little paper stars is a super fun and easy activity that entertains both children and adults, and, as an added bonus, the finished star doubles as holiday decor you can put on the Christmas tree, or you can make little stars and put them in little jars on the Christmas table.

Happy crafting!

Related: Cheery Christmas Tree Origami Craft

Ideas for your origami paper star craft

We used a plain sheet of paper, but the fun part about this craft is that you can use any kind of paper that you want. Because it’s the Christmas season, we recommend trying a paper pattern with a Christmas or New Years theme for the holidays, a magazine page or old paper for a one-of-a-kind star, but you can customize it for other dates like Fourth of July craft. These stars are completely customizable and there are so many creative ways to use them.

Origami Star Supplies

  • 1 sheet of origami paper

Origami Star Instructions

Follow these simple steps to make a Christmas origami star.

Step 1

The first step is to fold a square sheet of paper in half. Open then fold the other way in half.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 1 - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s start!
Origami Christmas star craft - step 1 - Kids Activities Blog
And then we fold it.
Origami Christmas star craft - step 1 - Kids Activities Blog
Open again!
Origami Christmas star craft - step 1 - Kids Activities Blog
Fold the other way.

Step 2

Flip over and fold diagonally. 

Origami Christmas star craft - step 2 - Kids Activities Blog
Fold in this way.

Step 3

Fold opposing corners diagonally. Bring corners together, letting sides fold inward at creases to form a square.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 3 - Kids Activities Blog
Your craft should look something like this now.

Step 4

With the open end down, fold the left and right side corners to the middle forming a kite.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 4 - Kids Activities Blog
Now, your star should resemble a kite.
Origami Christmas star craft - step 4 - Kids Activities Blog
Fold the left side…
Origami Christmas star craft - step 4 - Kids Activities Blog
And now the right side.

Step 5

Fold the top triangle of the kite to the back, and then open the kite.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 5 - Kids Activities Blog
Fold the top triangle to the back.
Origami Christmas star craft - step 5 - Kids Activities Blog
Open your “kite”.

Step 6

Pull the corner on the bottom up to the top, letting it pull the sides inward as a squash fold and crease so the edges are aligned vertically in the center.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 6 - Kids Activities Blog
It will look a bit funny for a while!

Step 7

Flip over and fold the kite top triangle up.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 7 - Kids Activities Blog
We’re almost halfway there.

Step 8

With the open end down, fold the left and right side corners to the middle forming a kite. Open the kite.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 8 - Kids Activities Blog
It will look like this on the other side.
Origami Christmas star craft - step 8 - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s fold the left…
Origami Christmas star craft - step 8 - Kids Activities Blog
…and right sides.
Origami Christmas star craft - step 8 - Kids Activities Blog
And then open the kite.

Step 9

Pull the corner on the bottom edge up to the top, letting it pull the sides inward as a squash fold and crease so the edges are aligned vertically in the center.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 9 - Kids Activities Blog
Now your craft will look something like this.

Step 10

Gently pull the bottom two points apart to unfold and flatten a square in the center from existing creases, then invert the center of the square so the center forms a downward point pushing the sides in towards the center along their vertical creases at the same time.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 10  - Kids Activities Blog
The next step is pulling the bottom edge on each side.
Origami Christmas star craft - step 10 - Kids Activities Blog
Pull like this.
Origami Christmas star craft - step 10 - Kids Activities Blog
And extend!
Origami Christmas star craft - step 10 - Kids Activities Blog
Fold, fold, fold!

Step 11

Fold the bottom corner up such that the top tip sticks out about 1 cm over the top edge.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 11 - Kids Activities Blog
We’re done with the difficult part

Step 12

Fold the left flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 12 - Kids Activities Blog
Fold the left side.

Step 13

Fold the right flap up from the top right corner to the center crease.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 13 - Kids Activities Blog
And then fold the right side.

Step 14

Flip over. Fold the bottom corner up such that the top tip sticks out about 1 cm over the top edge.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 14 - Kids Activities Blog
The next step is flipping it over.
Origami Christmas star craft - step 14 - Kids Activities Blog
And fold again, just like in the steps above.

Step 15

Fold the left flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 15 - Kids Activities Blog
Repeat the same folds.

Step 16

Fold the right flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 16 - Kids Activities Blog
Fold the right side.

Step 17

Open the two sides and repeat the steps!

Origami Christmas star craft - step 17 - Kids Activities Blog
After opening the other sides, your origami will look like this.

Step 18

Fold the bottom corner up such that the top tip sticks out about 1 cm over the top edge.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 18 - Kids Activities Blog
Flip the bottom edge up just like we did before.

Step 19

Fold the left flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 19 - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s flop both flaps again.

Step 20

Fold the right flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 20 - Kids Activities Blog
Doesn’t it kind of look like a boat? *giggles*

Step 21

Flip over. Fold the bottom corner up such that the top tip sticks out about 1 cm over the top edge.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 21 - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s do the last part!
Origami Christmas star craft - step 21 - Kids Activities Blog
It might be a bit tricky, but we’rea almost done.

Step 22

Fold the left flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 22 - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s fold the remaining flaps just like we’ve done in the other steps.

Step 23

Fold the right flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 23  - Kids Activities Blog
We’re pretty much done with the folds.

Step 24

Spread out the top points and lay flat to see the star shape.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 24 - Kids Activities Blog
This is the best part!

Step 25

Flip over.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 25 - Kids Activities Blog
One more step…

Step 26

Semi-squash fold and crease each side of the square, resulting in sides that are curved and standing up perpendicular to the plane of the flat star.

Origami Christmas star craft - step 26  - Kids Activities Blog
It’s squashing time!
Origami Christmas star craft - step 26 - Kids Activities Blog
It should look like this.

Step 27

Flip over to see your finished star!

Origami Christmas star craft - step 27 - Kids Activities Blog
And now it’s done!

HOW TO USE YOUR CHRISTMAS STAR ORIGAMI CRAFT

There are so many good ideas for your origami paper ornaments. You can make a few and put them up as tree ornaments next to your Christmas tree baubles or put them on top of your presents for fun handmade gift toppers.

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Origami Stars Craft (Christmas)

origami star on a dark blue background above origami and ornamental christmas trees

Make your own origami stars for your Christmas tree using a sheet of paper!

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • 1 sheet of origami paper

Instructions

  1. The first step is to fold a square sheet of paper in half. Open then fold the other way in half.
  2. Flip over and fold diagonally. 
  3. Fold opposing corners diagonally. Bring corners together, letting sides fold inward at creases to form a square.
  4. With the open end down, fold the left and right side corners to the middle forming a kite.
  5. Fold the top triangle of the kite to the back, and then open the kite.
  6. Pull the corner on the bottom up to the top, letting it pull the sides inward as a squash fold and crease so the edges are aligned vertically in the center.
  7. Flip over and fold the kite top triangle up.
  8. With the open end down, fold the left and right side corners to the middle forming a kite. Open the kite.
  9. Pull the corner on the bottom edge up to the top, letting it pull the sides inward as a squash fold and crease so the edges are aligned vertically in the center.
  10. Gently pull the bottom two points apart to unfold and flatten a square in the center from existing creases, then invert the center of the square so the center forms a downward point pushing the sides in towards the center along their vertical creases at the same time.
  11. Fold the bottom corner up such that the top tip sticks out about 1 cm over the top edge.
  12. Fold the left flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.
  13. Fold the right flap up from the top right corner to the center crease.
  14. Flip over. Fold the bottom corner up such that the top tip sticks out about 1 cm over the top edge.
  15. Fold the left flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.
  16. Fold the right flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.
  17. Open the two sides and repeat the steps!
  18. Fold the bottom corner up such that the top tip sticks out about 1 cm over the top edge.
  19. Fold the left flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.
  20. Fold the right flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.
  21. Flip over. Fold the bottom corner up such that the top tip sticks out about 1 cm over the top edge.
  22. Fold the left flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.
  23. Fold the right flap up from the top left corner to the center crease.
  24. Spread out the top points and lay flat to see the star shape.
  25. Flip over.
  26. Semi-squash fold and crease each side of the square, resulting in sides that are curved and standing up perpendicular to the plane of the flat star.
  27. Flip over to see your finished star!

Notes

Christmas, star-themed or shiny silver or gold wrapping paper works great too. Try using larger paper for larger stars!

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