December is not far away! To complete your Christmas decorations, today I am sharing with you the tutorial for the flat 8-pointed star in origami. This folding couldn't be simpler! Once made, this star can be used as a decoration for the tree, as an ornament for a gift package or even to decorate a greeting card.
THE 8-BRANCHED FLAT STAR IN ORIGAMI
To make a flat origami star, you will need:
- 8 squares of Japanese paper measuring 6cm by 6cm in the colors of your choice to make 1 star (8 squares therefore corresponding to 1 star)
- of the gel glue
- of thread if you want to hang your flat stars
NB: If you want to make a “uniform” star, get 8 squares of the same paper, but you can just as easily mix patterns or colors to make a multi-colored star! However, I advise you to stick to plain paper or paper with small patterns like those in our selection of “false plains” in order to bring out the folds of the origami.
Once your star is made, if you want to hang it, cut a little wire and form a loop that you will tape to the back of your star.
THE FOLDING OF THE 8 BRANCHES
- Take your square of paper with the colored side towards you and mark the medians. Unfold.
- Then take your square with the white side towards you and mark the diagonals.
- Take the paper with the colored side towards you and gently push with your fingers to bring part of the fold “inside”.
- You get a triangle. Then fold the two top corners, left and right, towards the center of your fold, as indicated by the dotted lines.
You have completed your first branch.
- Group the 8 branches by sliding them into each other. Hold them together using small dots of glue.
TADA! Your flat 8-pointed origami star is ready!
- Glue a small piece of wire between the branches of the star so you can hang it on your tree.
- If you wish, you can also flatten the star by ironing it. To do this, equip yourself with an iron and two cotton fabric coupons, place the fold between the 2 coupons and iron at low temperature, without steam.
This folding is taken from my origami book published by Marabout, “ Origami as by magic ” which brings together no less than 50 foldings. Designed to be as accessible and fun as possible, this book details each fold, classified in order of difficulty, composed of photos and drawings (for the most complex steps). If you want to be tempted, it is available in store and on the e-shop!
Accompany your stars with other decorations by consulting our article: “6 DIY Christmas decorations” .
I'll see you again very soon for new creative tutorials around Christmas!
Until then, take good care of yourself,
Have you ever made this type of origami star?