There are lots of different designs for origami stars floating around online, but these four point stars are my personal favorite. They are folded from a single sheet of origami paper and have a design that makes them especially well suited to being folded from shiny metallic origami papers in various colors.
These stars are also very versatile. They can be used as an alternative to a package bow, an embellishment on the front of a handmade greeting card, or as festive party decorations. I think they'd be particularly pretty for a New Year's Eve party.
1. Make a Blintz Base
Begin with the white side of your origami paper face up. Fold the paper in half diagonally to make a triangle. Unfold. Fold the paper in half diagonally the other way. Unfold so you have an "X" crease pattern in the middle. Fold all four corners of the paper in to meet the intersection of the creases you just created. In origami, this form is known as a blintz base. It is a common form for many different origami models, including the origami lotus flower frame.
2. Fold the Sides to the Center
Flip your paper over, then fold both sides in so they meet in the center. Then, fold the top and bottom edges down to meet in the center. When you are finished, your paper star should look like the photo to the left.
3. Create a Boat Base
The next step of the project will turn your blintz base into an origami boat base. This involves creasing the paper along the diagonals of the four corners, then opening and collapsing the paper until it resembles the form at the left. You can see a very detailed explanation of how to make a boat base on the Origami Instructions website.
4. Turn the Corners of the Boat Base into Small Squares
After you've made a boat base, lift the top right flap so it stands straight up. Put your finger inside the flap and press it down to make a square that points toward the middle crease in the paper. Repeat this process with the other three flaps. When you are done, your paper should look like the photo to the left.
5. Fold in the Corners of Your Small Squares
Fold the corners of the top right small square you just created in so that they meet along the small square's diagonal line. Repeat this process with the other three squares. When you're done, your project should look like the photo the left.
6. Create the First Point of Your Star
Unfold the top right flaps you created in Step 5. Pull up the bottom right corner, pressing in the sides to flatten the paper as shown in the photo to the left. If you're having trouble, remember that this is the same flattening motion using in Step 3 of our Origami Crane Instructions tutorial.
7. Finish Your Four Point Star Origami
Repeat the process from the previous step with the other three corners to finish your four point origami star.