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

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

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

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

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

Step 5: Thread the Loop

Take the other end of the paper strip and thread it through the loop you just made.

Step 6: Pull

Pull on the end to make a loose pentagon shape.

You want one end with most of the paper, and the other end with only a 1/2 inch or so.

If you mess up, you can trim the short end, but if you have to trim more than a 1/2 inch, try to make the pentagon shape again.

Step 7: Fold Under

Fold the short end into the pentagon.

Do not make any creases or folds. You want this to be light and loosely done.

Step 8: Turn

Flip the pentagon around at this point. It should look like the one in the picture below.

Step 9: Wrap

Then you are going to wrap the long end around the pentagon shape, keeping with the shape itself.

In other words, in a 5 corner shape, if you wrap the lower left side, you will then bring it to the upper right side.

Think Diagonals, and look at the pictures below. There are notes on them to help you along.

Step 10: Tucking

You will get to a point where you have just a small amount of the strip left.

You will tuck this into the pentagon shape much like you did near the beginning with the smaller end.

You will be left with a pentagon.

Step 11: Pinch for a Star

Take the pentagon and start pinching in the sides to create a star.

You will get better at this as you make more and more.

To get smaller stars, I do everything the same, except make my strip smaller.

If I decrease the width by half (1/4 inch instead of 1/4) I decrease the length by the same (5.5 inches instead of 11 inches).

You may also want to get some eyebrow pullers to help pinch in the very tiny ones.

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    24 Discussions


    Tip 11 months ago

    At first, it might not work, but keep pinching them!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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 :(

    2 replies

    9 years ago on Step 11

    I made one but doesn't look as good as yours... how many did you make?


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    1 reply

    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.


    10 years ago on Step 11

    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

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    I've always wanted to make these! Mine are reallllllly puffy, but they are still cool!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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

    1 reply

    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.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i remember in 5th grade i would make hundreds of those. Theyre great for game peices!

    Mr. Rig It

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.