Introduction: Paper Throwing Stars

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Easy-to-make yet sturdy paper throwing-stars for fun around the office.

Step 1: Collect Materials & Cut to Size

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For this project, you will need any sort of paper. In the pictures, I used standard 8.5x11" paper. Scissors are handy, but they are not completely necessary.

First, we need to cut the paper into a square (if you already know how to do this, skip to step 2.) To do this, fold diagonally so to adjacent sides line up. There should a rectangle on one side. Cut it off, unfold the paper, and you will be left with a square.

Step 2: Make the Basic Shapes

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Fold the paper in half, unfold it, and cut along the line. Position the two halves one above the other.

Fold each half toward eachother.

Fold the top piece's top-right corner and the bottom piece's bottom-left corner down. Then, fold the top piece's top-left corner and the bottom piece's lower-right corner up.

Step 3: Finish Both Pieces

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For now, we will put aside the bottom piece. Take the top piece's upper-left point and fold it down. Next, take that same point and bring it behind to the left. To finish the bottom piece, do the same thing except mirrored. Refer to the pictures here, as it is tricky to understand in words.

Step 4: Combining the Two Pieces

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Flip over the bottom piece and align it over the other piece as shown in the picture. Fold the far left & far right corners in, crease the fold, and then tuck them into the other piece.

Turn over the semi-assembled product. Fold the tips in, crease, and then tuck them into the remaining slots.

You will be left with a strong throwing star. The tips come out very sharp, although they weaken with each hit.

There are many different methods to throwing these. You can throw it like a Frisbee, a playing card, etc.

**NOTE: I strongly recommend not to throw these towards people or animals, as the tips could easily cause eye damage, as well as many other injuries.**


nathankemp333 (author)2015-12-11

guys, in step 3, u need to make a Z shape. its easier said than done

Origami 2 (author)nathankemp3332016-09-21

do u make the z shape with both?

Plo Koon (author)2012-05-28

what the huh?

weberf (author)2009-12-12

AWESOME! I love terrorizing my sisters with these!

Beagleman80 (author)weberf2012-03-26

Neighbours cats are best. :D

mweglarz (author)2011-08-25


Beagleman80 (author)mweglarz2012-03-26

Once you get the hang of the steps... it is very very easy to make.

zackattack9117 (author)2009-07-09

no idea how 2 do the 2nd step

bbs123 (author)zackattack91172011-09-23

did you cut it in half?

Beagleman80 (author)bbs1232012-03-26

You use scissors.

Beagleman80 (author)2012-03-26


Very helpful.
I threw the Ninja Star at a huntsman in our school classroom, in the computer room.
It fell off. >.<

Riven104 (author)2009-05-19

hi im a taco from outerspace

orangewolf22 (author)Riven1042010-03-14

you too?

BOOM5601 (author)orangewolf222010-06-01


orangewolf22 (author)BOOM56012010-06-01

that's just how i roll-- nice and easy.

or_ford98 (author)orangewolf222012-01-19

thats how i roll... loljks im a square -_____-

divinehex (author)Riven1042010-12-22

Oh good, i thought i was the only one. :D

jakeman2 (author)Riven1042010-03-21


firefliie (author)Riven1042009-09-30


machop200 (author)2009-06-16

first bit easy second not so easy thats were im stumped

zombieslayer_6 (author)machop2002011-09-18


maxspring (author)2010-02-20

Thanks man these help so much i used to know how to make them then i saw some friends making them recently and i wanted to remember how looked it up found your instructions which really helped THANKS!!!

zombieslayer_6 (author)maxspring2011-09-18

i dont get it

blakedrake (author)2011-02-21

This thing is so hard to make!!!

it is easier than it looks trust me

nerdboi12 (author)2010-02-13

step 3 is wierd n the pic dont make that much sense

md'andrea (author)nerdboi122011-05-01


md'andrea (author)2011-05-01

fun to throw at brother and sister

blakedrake (author)2011-02-21

this looks so hard to make

novakfor3 (author)2009-10-10

Amazing Instructable, I made one easily with no trouble at all today. Thanks!

fisherblue23 (author)novakfor32011-01-05

i read it its not that good sorry man

butthead95 (author)2008-04-09

use construction paper much stronger

nobear (author)butthead952009-10-18

that name is ugly

fisherblue23 (author)nobear2011-01-05


narnanar123 (author)2010-03-09

i made 1 an it was a bit tricky but i got the hang of it if anyone has made 1 and it keeps un folding i would reckomend using sellotape to stick it down

tgirl01 (author)2010-01-12

thx i got it!!!! it was easy

novakfor3 (author)2009-10-10

How does this make no sense? Look at the pictures carefully. I had no trouble at all.

duecez42 (author)2009-09-20

the picures are blurry i dont get it man it is so confusing

eddiegomez143678 (author)2009-09-11


Sly_Gal (author)2009-09-04

lol I didn't look at the other pics and stapled it in four places to hold it together. It works quite well

superhornt (author)2009-08-22

it too light, can't thro it properly

spiritwolf7984 (author)2009-06-08

This is one of the better paper throwingstar instructables (there is 5 that i have seen) Iv made these out of 5 gum wrapper,Post it notes,Cardboard,paper,math test's :3 Just look carefully its Actually really easy.

offie123 (author)2009-06-03

Some ppl are so mean... I thought that i was very helpful some ppl just don't understand paper hehe

phil09 (author)2007-03-18

i did not think it was that detailed, in other words it stunk.

jazman (author)phil092007-08-04

i agree with u. i can't do it:( show more pic at the end.. its RUBISH!!!!!!

AliAlex (author)jazman2009-05-19

I managed to do it...

stranoster (author)jazman2007-09-29

Rubbish you mean. Spell it correctly if you intend to insult it.

dannyboy2k7 (author)2008-03-07

how the hell do you make the final piece?!!?

yah, it makes almost no sence!

storm768 (author)2009-03-18


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