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How to make perfect paper stars everytime!
The much awaited how-to to my paper nautical stars! :D

Posted by Jenny Bones from Michigan, Indiana, United States • Published See Jenny Bones's 12 projects »
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  • How to fold an origami shape. Nautical Paper Stars - Step 1
    Step 1

    Paper.

    Use an ad from a magazine for a shiny finish.

    Use construction paper for a matte finish which you can paint on.

    I don't recommend using scrapbooking paper since it tends to get hard to fold after a while but it's up to you.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Nautical Paper Stars - Step 2
    Step 2

    Rip out your page.

    If there's writing on your ad, don't worry. All that matters is that the CENTER of the page is clear of writing since that is where the star will be cut from.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Nautical Paper Stars - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold your paper in half, hamburger style.

    Ignore the creases.
    I went through most of the steps before I took pictures. >___>

  • Step 4

    With your ruler, mark the halfway point at the bottom with a pencil.

    You don't need a big mark, just a dot that you can see.

    I forgot to take a picture of this! :D

  • How to fold an origami shape. Nautical Paper Stars - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now take the upper LEFT hand corner and fold the tip to the halfway marking you just made.

    Crease.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Nautical Paper Stars - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold the lower left hand corner over the top left hand corner that you just pulled down.

    Crease.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Nautical Paper Stars - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold the paper in half so the top goes back and meets the bottom.

    Crease.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Nautical Paper Stars - Step 8
    Step 8

    Take scissors and cut from the tip of the small top triangle. Basically, you're cutting that triangle in half.

    It is important that you cut at THIS exact corner and at an angle very similar to this. I have received complaints that this doesn't work every time and it's mostly because people aren't cutting it correctly.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Nautical Paper Stars - Step 9
    Step 9

    Discard scraps and unfold the piece you just cut.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Nautical Paper Stars - Step 10
    Step 10

    Crease the points of the star so that they all pop out in the same direction.

  • How to fold an origami shape. Nautical Paper Stars - Step 11
    Step 11

    Viola!

    Nautical paper star!

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Fiona B.
Fiona B.
your directions for the folding are not very clear, what exactly is hamburger style?
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Jenny Bones
Jenny Bones · Michigan, Indiana, US · 12 projects
@ KitKat89, Squee! & others having an issue with paper folding and cutting: I am currently working on making a small video tutorial for this which I will be posting on my youtube page. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your questions and concerns, I work and go to school full time so it's been hard lately to find time for the internet and crafting in general. I just wanted you all to know that I have heard your complaints and help is on the way! Happy


@ pink vampire ninja p. : Sorry, dear, but that is in fact Drew Barrymore. She's the spokes model for the Lash Blast Mascaras and their new smokey eyeshadows, and the mascara is what this ad was for. As far as I can remember, Mischa was never a CoverGirl.
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KitKat89
KitKat89 · 1 project
I totally ♥ this project..But..I am having a hard time following the folding part..I have tried this like 8-10x's but still not getting the 5 shape star..My cut outs are showing a 6-9 point star..I really wish that the pictures were facing right side up so i can see it without having to look at this from the side to check my paper with yours..C A N U H E L P On some tips or redo picture/instructions ??? Thanx's a Ton KitKat89
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pink vampire ninja p.
pink vampire ninja p. · 2 projects
cool love the mischa barton one!
Happy
(it is not drew barrymoe whoever said that)
she is awesome and that pic looks great Happy
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BrittanyummyDGAF B.
BrittanyummyDGAF B. · 3 projects
My friend showed me how to do something like this with little hello kitty strips. I'm 16 and couldn't figure out a little kids toy.aha! I love them though!Happy
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Squee!
Squee! · Spencer, Iowa, US · 12 projects
I'm having an issue when I cut it out, I end up with two matching pieces with a little square bit between them instead of a whole star.. is there something I'm doing wrong? Or am I just not getting how to go from there?
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mew
mew · Division No. 18, Unorganized, Saskatchewan, CA · 2 projects
SICK!!!!!!!!
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alyssa r.
alyssa r. · 2 projects
drew barrymore star..awesome
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erythisis
erythisis
A couple clarifications would make this easier to understand. Particularly that "bottom" means the short edge (with one side being the fold and the other side the paper edges). If someone tries the folding otherwise, then they get the weird cutout.
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Jenny Bones
Jenny Bones · Michigan, Indiana, US · 12 projects
8" by 11", or regular computer paper, is what I've been using.

Are there any parts in particular where you're having trouble?
Because I went back through my instructions and I can't figure out what's happening when you're going through it that would make what you described happen. :/
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