Micro Origami Throwing Star


Introduction: Micro Origami Throwing Star

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Here is a micro origami throwing star made from a small 1/8"x1.5" strip of paper.  The stip was cut in half to make both parts of the star.

To make the start you take one of the strips and fold the top right corner of the paper down to make a right right triangle. Then turn the paper on its side and fold the long end over to make an isosceles triangle with the previous triangle. Flip the paper over and fold the long end down to make another right triangle apposing the last fold. Flip the piece over again and fold the remaining length of paper from the top left corner down to meat the last fold into another isosceles triangle. Finally fold both right triangle at the ends of the piece over the back side of the opposing triangles in the center. 

For the send piece you start from the upper left corner and fold it into a right triangle. When done you should have two pieces that mirror each other. If we call the side without a line through the middle the back then place the pieces back to back and tuck the end points into the center line of the opposing piece. 

When completed the star is a hair over 3/8" (10mm) from tip to tip.

All the folds where made by hand. Due to the tiny nature of the star i had to use a push pin to get the last 2 corners tucked into place.  



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    9 Discussions

    It flies better if you blow on it. Its just so light it will go wherever the wind takes it.

    It might be better titled as "Micro-Origami-Star" if you can't throw it.
    Have you tried drink-can for this - metal might work.


    almost flies as well as a full sized paper Origami Throwing Star
    Excellent, I like it when people do things to find out - cheers.


    Interesting idea but not very feasible. Folding the 2 pieces out of aluminum like that isn't the problem. Its getting the flaps tucked in that's the hard part. Particularly the last flap. They need to have more flex and give then the scrap aluminum will allow at such a small size.

    I love it! I used to do this back in Jr. High. That one is pristine! Mine usually ended up with not-so-sharp corners, from using thicker notebook paper.

    Cool trick: use something foil clad *LIKE* micro-sized origami paper... To keep it good for kids, gum wrappers work fantastic! (Adults can probably substitute another foiled-clad paper, if you have em). Nice and thin, holds the folds really well, and you can probably get quite a few stars from one wrapper!