How to Make Ninja Star Out of Paper

By Kim Blakesley ; Updated September 15, 2017

Ninja throwing stars are weapons of the legendary ninjas. The ninja star is also known as a shuriken that means a hand hidden blade. People in the West know the shuriken as throwing stars. A real ninja star can stick in an object on all four points if thrown correctly. You can make a replica of a ninja star by using origami paper. A paper ninja star is heavy enough that it can be thrown but not sharp enough to hurt anyone.

Use two pieces of origami paper and make the folds on each one simultaneously. Place the two pieces of origami paper on a flat surface so they each form a square.

Fold the right edge to the left edge and match. Crease the fold. Open the fold and lay the paper flat. Repeat with the second square.

Fold the left edge to the center fold line and crease. Fold the right edge to the center fold line and crease. Repeat with the second piece of paper.

Fold each piece of paper at the center fold and crease firmly. This will create a long rectangle. Place the rectangle on the table so it is tall and narrow.

Fold the bottom of the long narrow rectangle to the top and match the edge. Crease firmly in the middle. Repeat with the second long narrow rectangle. Open the fold on each long rectangle.

Begin with the long rectangle on the right. Take the top left corner and fold it down. Line up the edges and crease firmly to create a small triangle. Take the bottom right hand corner and fold it up. Line up the edges and crease firmly to create a small triangle.

Switch to the left long rectangle. Take the top right corner and fold it down. Line up the edges and crease them firmly to create a small triangle. Take the bottom left hand corner and fold it up. Line up the edges and crease them firmly to create a small triangle.

Switch to the right long rectangle. Fold the top point down and to the left at the center fold and crease. A large triangle will be formed that lays parallel to the center fold. Fold the bottom point up and to the right at the center fold and crease. The shape will make two triangles offset from one another.

Switch to the left long rectangle. Fold the top point down and to the right at the center fold and crease. A large triangle will be formed that lays parallel to the center fold. Fold the bottom point up and to the left at the center fold and crease. The shape will make two triangles offset from one another.

Flip one of the double triangular pieces over. Place that piece on the table so the folded line in the center section is on a diagonal. Place the folded piece of paper that looks like double offset triangles over the middle of the bottom piece so the line between the two triangles is on a diagonal.

Hold the two pieces together. The object has four points that are pointing away from the center of the star. Begin with a point from the back piece of folded paper and fold it down and to the opposite side of the stem. Make sure it is flush then crease the fold. Slide the bottom portion of the point into the triangle shape on the top folded paper. Turn the star so the bottom point is at the top and repeat the process.

Flip the star over. Fold the top point down and match the outer edge of the stem. Crease the fold. Tuck the end of the triangle point under the triangle in the middle of the star. Turn the star so the bottom point is at the top and repeat the process.

Tip

Make an origami ninja star with two different colored papers.

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."