How To Make a Paper Ninja Star (Shuriken) - Origami

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How to Fold an Origami Star (Shuriken)

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You don't have to go to a weapon store to have your very own "ninja star" or a "Shuriken". You can make one or several out of paper as a cheaper and safer alternative. It is also very fun to play with and a good project for you to do with your child.


Making a Square of Paper

  1. Begin with a rectangular piece of paper.Ordinary loose paper or construction paper will do. We will make a square piece of paper from this. If you're already starting with a square piece of origami paper, skip the next two steps.
  2. Fold the diagonal of the square.Fold the top right hand corner diagonally down so the top of the paper lines up with the left side, forming a point at the top right corner.
  3. Remove the extra piece.Cut or carefully tear along the edge so you are left with a square of paper.

Forming the Parts

  1. Fold the square in half.The fold should be parallel to the edges.
  2. Cut the square in half.Cut the square in half into 2 equal parts. Scissors may make this easier.
  3. Repeat.Fold each piece in half vertically again, parallel to the long sides.
  4. Fold the ends.Fold the end diagonally, so the edges line up.
  5. Repeat.Repeat this fold, on each end of each strip, making sure the folds are oriented as shown.
  6. Make the triangle fold.Fold the end on the diagonal again. You should end with a big triangle facing you and two smaller triangles facing away from you.
  7. Repeat.Repeat this same fold on each end of each strip. Make sure the orientations go opposite one another, as shown.

Putting Them Together

  1. Turn over only the piece on the left and arrange the two parts, as shown.
  2. Put the right piece on top of the left piece.There should be a square in the center of each piece that lines up, but if you can't find it yet, don't worry. Just line up the middles.
  3. Fold the uppermost point inwards on the diagonal and tuck the point into the pocket.
  4. Fold the bottom point upwards on the diagonal and tuck the point into the pocket.
  5. Flip the whole thing over.
  6. Fold the right point on the diagonal just as before and tuck it into the pocket.
  7. Fold the left and final point on the diagonal and tuck it into the last pocket.You may have to coax a little to get it tucked in.
  8. Put some tape in the middle of the tucked in middles.This will keep the ninja star from becoming undone.
  9. Enjoy your ninja star.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Do I really need to put tape on my origami star?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Not necessarily. If you followed the steps correctly, you may not need tape, but for some people it can be helpful for keeping the origami star in the correct shape.
  • Question
    What size paper should be used to make a small origami star?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Any size that is smaller than A4.
  • Question
    How do I throw a ninja star?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Throw it like a Frisbee if you're a beginner. If you are very strong, you can throw it as though you are trying to "sleep" a yo-yo.
  • Question
    I don't get step #6 on the second part. Can you please clarify?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You basically have to fold one bit diagonally and then tuck it in the tight parts.
  • Question
    Can you make a ninja star out of an index card?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, it will just be smaller. If it is a rectangular index card, then make the square in the first section.
  • Question
    Can I do this with notebook paper?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you just have to fold the triangle to the left margin, then remove the excess.
  • Question
    How do I get it to fit in the flaps?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Fold it diagonally then fit it through.
  • Question
    Cold I possibly use this ninja star to defend myself from bullies?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. It is make out of paper and won't do any damage. Also, if you carried it around school it could be thought of as a weapon and you could get into trouble.
  • Question
    Can I make a spinner out of the ninja star?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    I'm sure you can. I don't know how but there are videos on it. You'll need more paper though, and you will have to get the bearings online.
  • Question
    Can I use any size of paper?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, but it has to be a rectangle or square. You can turn the rectangle paper into a square and begin.
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This video will show you how to make an origami star.

Quick Summary

If you want to fold an origami star, start by folding and cutting in half a square of origami paper or a paper square you make yourself. Use the same steps to fold both halves of paper in half again, and then make triangular folds on both ends of both pieces of paper, which will become the star’s points. Next, put one piece on top of the other, and fold and tuck the pieces into one another to create your star. Finally, tape the center to be sure your star stays together.

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  • Make sure you put good strong creases on your ninja star. If you don't, the ninja star will not be bold and look as neat as it would and should be.
  • Cut the lines more sharp and make the creases more defined.
  • The more neatly you cut and fold, the easier it will be to get everything lining up at the end so the points slip seamlessly into the pockets.
  • Make three or more stars at once and stack them so their shapes are almost lined up, but are spaced apart slightly. Grip them between your thumb and index finger and throw all the stars at once from your side to the front, like a frisbee.
  • To make better creases, put your thumbs fingernail and your index fingers fingernail and slide through the place you want to crease.
  • This works best with thicker paper, such as from magazines
  • You can also decorate the ninja star using glitter glue markers, glitter pens etc.
  • You can experiment with sizes.
  • Always re-read the steps!
  • If it doesn't work for you then you need to take some thing with a fine point to straighten the edges.


  • Be careful when throwing the stars. You could even injure yourself.
  • Edges can be sharp, keep away from small children.
  • Do not throw this at people or animals.
  • Be careful when using scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • One sheet of 8.5 x 11" paper (aka A4 printing paper) or Origami paper (optional but preferred)
  • Scissors (optional)

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