Easy-to-make yet sturdy paper throwing-stars for fun around the office.
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Step 1: Collect Materials & Cut to Size
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
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
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
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.**