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Origami has spread over recent years, although it has its origins several decades ago, being a good way to have a good time of entertainment through paper crafts.

Thanks to origami it is possible to make all kinds of shapes, with a little creativity, such as paper boats, animals or even your own ninja star, also known as a «Shuriken», which is what we are going to teach you throughout this Article. In this way, if you want to have your own “weapon”, you can make as many as you want thanks to paper.

This origami activity for kids is highly recommended so that children can have fun while learning, a great way to play at the same time that they can spend time with their parents if they help them. With origami, motor activities are developed, which makes it so beneficial for learning.

Instructions for making origami shuriken

If you want to know how to make origami shuriken, that is, the star of this well-known ninja weapon, you just have to follow these steps:

  1. First of all, you should take any type of cardboard or loose paper that you may have and make a square of paper with it. If you already have some kind of square origami sheet of paper, it will help you to carry out this craft; and you can save yourself the next two steps that we indicate below.
  2. Next you must proceed to fold the diagonal of the rectangle (paper). To do this, it is as simple as folding its upper right corner diagonally downwards; so that it is perfectly aligned with the left side. This will form a point in the upper right corner.
  3. This way you will have a leftover part, which you can remove just by using scissors. Cut all the excess edge and you will have your square of paper on which to start working.
  4. The next step is to proceed to fold the square of paper in half; making the fold you make parallel to the edges.
  5. When you have done it, you must take the scissors again and proceed to cut that square in half, so that you have two identical parts left.
  6. Now, you need to fold each of the halves vertically again, so that they are parallel to the longest sides.
  7. Next comes the time to fold the tip diagonally so that the edges are also aligned. and repeat this process on each of the two strips. The orientation of the fold of the ends must have an opposite orientation from the top to the bottom, that is, the upper one with the tip inwards and the lower one outwards, placing each one of the strips one in front of the other, way they match.
  8. Next you need to make a triangle with a fold. You fold the tip diagonally and you should make the top part have a triangle towards you and two other smaller triangles on the opposite side. Repeat the same fold at the ends of each strip.
  9. Now you must go to the process of putting both pieces together, a process that will not have excessive difficulty. Start by flipping the left side piece over. This way they will both be “looking towards the same side”.
  10. Now you need to place the piece on the right on top of the left. This will make a square in the center of each lined up piece. Align their centers.
  11. Then you must fold the upper point inwards diagonally and insert it into the pocket. Repeat the same step on the opposite side. To do this, fold the bottom point up diagonally and insert it into the pocket.
  12. Once this is done, it is time for you to turn the star carefully. Turned around you have to fold the right end diagonally, as in the previous step and also insert it into the pocket.
  13. Finally insert one last time. To do this, fold the right end of the diagonal and insert it into the pocket.
  14. With the star already created, it is time to use adhesive tape in the center of the points inserted in the pocket. This way you will prevent it from unfolding.

What do you need to make origami shuriken?

  • Sheet of paper or cardboard (the color you want).
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape

Tips for making origami shuriken

  • Be careful when playing with them as the tips are sharp and can cause damage in places like the eyes.
  • If you want the star to work better, you can use magazine paper.
  • You can decorate the ninja star with glitter glue markers, pens, etc.
  • When you are making the folds, it is advisable to place the nails of your thumbs and index fingers and slide them so that it is well folded.
  • Be careful when making the cuts and folds, as this will make it easier for you to line up all the parts at the end.
  • If you want to create more creative designs, it is enough to use cardboard or paper of other colors.