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How to make tiny origami stars without scissors

I love making these, especially at work. Given enough practice, you can even make them as small as seen below.

I used the instructions from here to start making them, but I thought that a picture format of all the steps would help others (mainly because it took me quite a few tries to figure it out on my own).

This is my no scissors approach to making these stars.

 
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Step 1: Need

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You need a piece of paper that is 11 inches long to make a normal nickel sized star.

A ruler.

No scissors, so you need to also have a tongue.

Step 2: Measure

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You will need a strip of paper that is 11 inches long and 1/2 inch wide.

Measure and mark down the paper.

Step 3: Fold and Lick

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Now is when you would normally use a pair of scissors or some other cutting implement to cut the strip.

You might not always have such on or near you, so here is what I learned as a young boy that works perfectly.

Fold the paper along the 1/2 inch line you drew. Try to get the fold evenly on the line.

Crease the fold with a fingernail all the way down.

Then, while it is still folded, run the fold along your tongue. For this your tongue needs to be slightly moist. Too moist and you will soak the paper, too dry and it wont work.

I did not get pictures of me using my tongue, hopefully you dont need a picture of that step. But if you do, just say so in a comment and I will get a picture up.

Once you have licked the fold, unfold it and tear along the line. I go at a medium speed, it tears apart perfectly, though not as cleanly as a pair of scissors, as you can see the paper fibers in the cut below.

Step 4: Start Folding

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Take your strip of paper at one end, and make a loop as shown.

Step 5: Thread the Loop

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Take the other end of the paper strip and thread it through the loop you just made.
FrozenStar5 years ago
OMG 1/16 of an inch that is insane. I think these are awesome except i can never get them to work, i always screw up when im pinching them :(
I know, it's crazy!
giraplatin4 years ago
 Cool!
I made one but doesn't look as good as yours... how many did you make?
Shadowfury5 years ago
Instead of licking the paper, you can fold the paper repeatedly to weaken it, then tear it. Just fold the paper, then fold it in the opposite direction, and repeat. It helps if you flatten the creases with either a folding bone or your fingernail.
xilefakamot5 years ago
These are great! But in step 3 don't run the paper along your tongue too fast - I got a papercut. If you dab your tongue along it it works just as well.
laminterious (author)  xilefakamot5 years ago
I'm sorry you got a papercut... I've been doing it since I was small, so i guess my tongue is rather resistant, since I go pretty fast.
OMG! I loved this! I've been wanting to learn how to do these things for the longesttime ever! And you helped very much, and thank you for all of the very well explained details. :D
laminterious (author)  MistressX0005 years ago
You are Welcome!
angelsoul5 years ago
wooooow .. amazing thnx
king_zilla6 years ago
these things are amazing
Badgergirl6 years ago
I've always wanted to make these! Mine are reallllllly puffy, but they are still cool!
i love how it look cartoonish =D
i do the exact same thing (im the guy who made the second star instructables) i do thsi to my bus tickets -i can make 4 from one- and im giving them to my girlfirend. great minds think alike
laminterious (author)  littlesamurai6 years ago
Have you seen the glass star jars you can get on ebay? They are great to fill with different colored paper stars. I write one letter on each so she has to figure out what you want it to say.
DainiusGB6 years ago
i remember in 5th grade i would make hundreds of those. Theyre great for game peices!
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Dang that's small, cool and impressive. Now I know what to do with all that junk mail I get, make stars, insert into return envelope and mail back to junk mailer.
laminterious (author)  Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Yes you can, thanks! Though I wouldnt waste even a minute to send anything to the companies who send stuff to me but it does get rid of waste.
how did you make one that small?!
The width of your paper determines the size of your star for the most part. And eyebrow remover tweezers are helpful :)
laminterious (author) 6 years ago
Well crap. I didnt think to search for "lucky stars". Gah!