3.03.2011

How To Make A Paper Ninja Throwing Star

My boy's throwing star with the "bloody" edge.
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The boy asked me the other day if he could have a real ninja throwing star.  After I quit laughing, I told him ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Being the kind-hearted woman that I am, I decided to give him the next best thing...  A great big stack of paper ninja throwing stars.  They are so easy to make, the boy has been making piles more. 

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Start with a square piece of paper.

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Cut the paper in half.  You should have two identical rectangles.

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For this demonstration, I am going to use two different patterns of paper.  This should make it much easier for you to follow along. 

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Fold the each rectangle in half lengthwise.  Arrange the pieces so that the fold are both facing inward.

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Fold both pieces in half vertically.  

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Once you have made a crease, unfold to the previous step.

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Taking the piece on the right, fold the top half down diagonally and to the left to meet the crease made in the last step.

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Then fold the bottom half up diagonally and to the right.  Your piece will now look like a Z.

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Repeat the process with the piece on the left, except fold in the opposite direction.  This piece should be a mirror image of the first piece.

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Turn both pieces over.

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Now fold the outside corners in to meet the vertical lines on the back of each piece.  

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Each piece should have two sharp points, one pointing up, one down.  Be sure to make sure that the pieces are mirror images.

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Fold the outer triangles that you just created in toward the middle forming a parallelogram.

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Repeat with the other piece, forming another parallelogram that is a mirror image of the first.

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Partially unfold the last step so that the points are facing up.

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Turn one piece over so that the points are facing up on one, down on the other.

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Lay the pieces on top of one another.

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Now fold a point from the bottom piece across the top.  Tuck it into the pocket in the middle of the top piece.

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Repeat with the other bottom point.

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Flip the entire thing over.

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Tuck both remaining points into the pocket in the middle.

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Press the entire throwing star with your fingers to make sure that the creases are smooth.

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You can make throwing stars out of a variety of papers and in just about any size that you would like.  Once you've made the first star, whipping out a whole arsenal is a snap.

17 comment(s). Leave yours!:

email4helen said... Best Blogger Tips

cool stuff.
good direction; step by photos very helpful.
lucky boy Ha to have such a creative mom.

SAHMmy Says said... Best Blogger Tips

my 7 year old thanks you! Awesome!

Patrick said... Best Blogger Tips

ok i cant do it its hard for me i know crazy 8 years old and i cant do it help if you would sell it to me for like um $.60 is that all right???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick said... Best Blogger Tips

commet back please!

shoutingforha said... Best Blogger Tips

@Patrick

I am sorry, but I am currently not set up to process sales. Any crafty projects I post are simply tutorials for people to follow. I hope you understand.

Patrick said... Best Blogger Tips

ok thanks any way

Patrick said... Best Blogger Tips

any want to sell me theres??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Partick said... Best Blogger Tips

but not shoutingforhaha not talking to you shoutingforhaha

tami brosious said... Best Blogger Tips

I recommend not using scrapbooking paper. A little difficulty in folding, but great directions!! My son is out there trying his out. Thank you!

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Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

The only problem with this is that if you do not have a perfect square, it will not work.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Also, in the step where you fold the paper sideways on the vertical lines, you wrote fold the right one, but in the picture you folded the left one.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I have to tell you that I've been trying to make a ninja star for 2 weeks. I've watched every online tutorial there is but get stumped at the point before folding the corners in. Your tutorial was awesome, I finally finished a star!! Thank you so much!

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awesome

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Using a bit of tape on the centre helps ensure it will not fall apart. : )

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