Amazing Kids! Magazine

Origami Mini Stars

By Claudia Chow, Age 17, California

 

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, is a very popular craft around the world. Probably because nothing extravagant is needed to make them: it only requires paper! And of course, since it’s so fun, and in the process you create something beautiful. Some famous origami models are the paper crane, the box, and the bird. However, my personal favorite is the mini star; it’s very cute and petite, and has a certain aesthetic beauty that pleases me.

I started making them when I was around five years old. I was walking with my parents in Chinatown (in San Francisco) and we walked into a store, where I saw a bowl full of tiny little stars. They were just so pretty that I had to make some for myself.  So my mom bought me the special paper strips to make these stars. When I first started making them, I had a lot of trouble; I could never get them to look as beautiful as the ones I had seen in the store. But I kept on practicing, and soon enough, my stars started looking a million times better than before.

I don’t have as much time as I did before to make them, but whenever I get a chance, I take out my strips of origami paper and start making them. The process of making them is very relaxing, so it’s a win-win: I make something cute and get a chance to unwind from the stresses in my life.

If you are looking for something to do, I highly suggest making these stars. They have had a huge impact on my life, and I am positive they will have the same effect on you. You can buy the strips of paper at any Japanese or Chinese gift store, and the paper is very cheap (a box I recently bought was only $1.40!). And remember, don’t get discouraged the first couple of times. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

Here are some instructions for you to make these wonderful stars:

  1. Make a ribbon with your strip of paper, with one end as short as possible and the other as long as possible. The short end should be on top of the long end.
  2. Tie a knot by putting the long end through the loop of the ribbon. Pull the knot.

  1. Flatten the knot to make a pentagon shape with one short end and a long end sticking out.
  2. Tuck the short end into the slot. If the short end is a little too long, you can cut it with scissors.
  3. Turn over the pentagon, and tuck the long end into the slot along the pentagon.

  1. Continue folding the long end around the pentagon until you have an end that’s too short to fold anymore. Tuck this end into the slot.
  2. Pinch the sides to create the star’s points.
  3. Voila! Your star is finished!