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Making 3D Kirigami Paper Stars

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Similar to origami, kirigami is a paper folding technique that does require some cutting to make your finished creation. It is perfect for making 3D paper stars to use as decorations.
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This is a simple way to make 3D stars from paper with a technique called kirigami. Kirigami is similar to origami except it uses some cutting with scissors, whereas origami is just folding. These stars make fantastic decorations on their own, or hanging from string.

Total Time: 10 minutes per star

3D Kirigami Paper Stars - two stars, one yellow and one orange

Supplies:

  • origami, craft, or construction paper
  • scissors
3D Kirigami Paper Stars - supplies

Steps:

  1. Cut your paper into perfect squares. I used 7" x 7" sheets, 1 per star.
  2. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - cut paper into squares
  3. Fold a sheet in half horizontally.
  4. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - fold a sheet of paper in half horizontally
  5. Fold the top left corner down into a triangle. Unfold the triangle.
  6. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - fold top left corner down to form a triangle, unfold
  7. Fold the bottom left corner up into a triangle. Unfold.
  8. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - fold bottom left up to form a triangle, unfold
  9. You will see a folded X on the left side of the rectangle.
  10. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - folded X created on the left side of the paper
  11. Fold the top right corner in so it hits the middle of the X.
  12. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - fold top right corner to center of the X
  13. Now fold that same bit outwards so it's flush with the line fold on the right.
  14. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - fold outwards to align with the fold line on the right
  15. Bring the left upper corner down so it makes a flush line with the spine.
  16. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - fold the upper left down so that it is flush with the spine
  17. Press down firmly so it all holds in place.
  18. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - press down firmly so that it holds in place
  19. Fold the triangle on the left side under the right side.
  20. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - fold the triangle on the left side under the right side
  21. Now cut across and into the little triangle on the left, all the way through to the other side. Remove all the bits of paper from the right side.
  22. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - cut across and into the triangle on the left side and remove all of the paper on the right side
  23. Unfold the triangles to find this almost-star shape.
  24. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - unfold to reveal this almost star shape
  25. Now reinforce your creases so the main bits of the star are folded down and the pieces between are folded up. Alternating them gives the beautiful 3D pop.
  26. 3D Kirigami Paper Stars - reinforce creases so main bits of the star are down and pieces in between are folded up
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