DIY Origami Star Decorations

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Today we have a wonderful DIY from a very talented ‘seamstress about town’ and dear friend of mine, Morgan Webber. She is always creating and making brilliant things with never-ending enthusiasm [she made my patchwork quilt which you can see in the upcoming sneek peek of my home] and never says no to a crafty challenge – she recently created Cinderalla’s ballgown for her local theatre company, and this week rescued sheepskin off-cuts from a leather sale turning them into decadent neck warmers with glamorous silk ribbon ties!

One day I plan to poach her as my sole Craft Editor, but till then will take what offerings of inspiration she casts my way…

Hi everyone! This year I have decided to make presents for all of my friends & family, so over the last few weeks I have been busily knitting, painting, sewing & baking lovely gifts.

One particular thing I love to create at this time of year is Christmas decorations; it’s something I have done ever since I was a kid, making paper chains and angels and snowflakes from paper doilies to decorate the tree and house with.

I’ve also played around with basic origami for years, although these were less decorative & more erm… disruptive taking the form of paper waterbombs to throw at my little brother [if you want to try this click here].

Here’s a really easy star to make as a tree decoration, or you could even string a series of them to make a garland. You can you use proper origami paper for this if you can get hold of it, but for mine I have just used brown parcel paper but you can use any good quality paper or pages from magazines showing interesting colours or images.

6 Part Origami Star to Hang on your Christmas Tree

You will need:

Scissors
Any kind of Paper
Coloured string of your choice.
Pencil
Ruler

So first you need to cut 6 squares of paper 10cm X 10cm, this will make a finished star of approximately 10cm long, increasing or decreasing the size of the square will increase or decrease the size of the finished star.

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Take 1 square & fold in half & crease sharply both ways & open out. Turn the square over. Fold the square diagonally both ways & open out.

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Holding the points marked below with stars; bring them down to the centre point on the bottom edge of the square

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Flatten the triangle. Fold the bottom corners of the triangle up to the top point, crease & unfold. Turn over & do the same on the other side.

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You now have 1 section of the star, repeat the above 5 times, so you have a total of 6 folded triangles.

Next you need to fit the sections together, to do this you need to open out slightly the ‘legs’ on one side of the folded triangle, as below.

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Take a second triangle & slide this into the opened ‘legs’ as far as it will go. Pull the centre creases outwards as indicated to make a diamond. Crease edges.

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Continue to slot the triangles together until all 6 are connected.

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All you need to do now is take a needle & red thread & pass through one of the points, tie off with a bow to make a loop & pop it on your tree!

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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

2 Comments on DIY Origami Star Decorations

  1. Di Overton
    Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 10:06 at 10:06 am (9 years ago)

    I am off to find some paper right now

  2. Morgan
    Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 13:31 at 1:31 pm (9 years ago)

    🙂

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