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; itโ€™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.

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

Hereโ€™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 (11 years ago)

    I am off to find some paper right now

  2. Morgan
    Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 13:31 at 1:31 pm (11 years ago)

    ๐Ÿ™‚

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