Intro: Magic Ninja Stars
When I (bored and had nothing to do over the weekend except avoid chores) looked in my closet of random unfinished stuff, I spotted the ninja stars I made last year and remembered how everyone loved em. I figured you guys would too, and thus this instructable was born!
Step 1: Materials
All you need is.....
*Square paper (though I don't reccommend cardstock/construction paper)
*Scissors, if you have them on hand. If not, I'll show you how to work around that.
*Epic ninja star throwing skills!!!
For the paper, you will need eight individual squares of the same size. Though they can be any size I usually use 3"X3", because thats the size square you get from cutting a sheet of origami paper into 4. If you use squares that are much larger than that you'll have a cool looking star but you won't really be able to throw it.
You're going to make an 8 pointed star, so you can use a different color for every one, make a 12121212 pattern (1 and 2 are different colors), a 12341234, whatever you want!!
Step 2: Getting the Paper Ready
Ok, so now we're going to make the star now!! You need 8 squares of the same size. They can be any size, but I reccomend using origami paper and cutting a reguar piece into 4. You can do this by folding the square in half, and then in half again.
Try to match up edges as much as possible, it will make everything look alot neater. Then cut along the creases. If you don't have scissors, thats ok! Just fold along the creases one way then the other multiple times. When you've done this you can slowly (and carefully) rip the paper.
Step 3: Making the Points
This step is best described in pictures, so here we go!
First, fold the paper in half. Make sure the color is on the outside.
Next, fold both top corners to the crease.
Then,fold the point in half again.
Now this is where you need to see the picture- have the diagonal on the top left, and fold the right side of the figure to touch the top. Make sure they line up!!
After that, unfold everything except the two top corners.
With the folded corners on your left, fold the right edge to line up with the top edge.
Crease this well, and then take the left corner and line it up to the right. Again, the pictures make this much easier to understand!
If you've figured this out, great! If you haven't, feel free to ask me any questions!
Now you've got a point! All you need is 7 more, and you're ready to go!
Step 4: Assembling the Points
8 points later......
Ok, so now we're going to assemble the star. You need to decide what pattern you want for your star. MIne is black-white-black-white-black-white and so on.
Take point 1 and 2, and straddle 2 over 1 so that one flap is on each side. Then fold the overhanging edges under 1's flaps. Now take 3, straddle both of the points, and fold the flaps under point 2. Continue this until you have attached all the points.
Now you need to attach point 8 to point 1. Again, straddle 1 over 8. Now gently take two points and push them together, and repeat with all of them. Now you have room to fold the edges of 1 over 8!
Step 5: Magic!
If you followed this instructable, you probably know what the magic part is. The star can slide from a ninja star to a frisbee, and back agan!
So go out there, use you ninja star throwing skills, and amaze your friends!