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White Pentagonal Origami Star with red center

The process of folding this pentagonal origami star, created by David Martinez, is so pleasing you’ll want to make it over and over.

I have featured this fantastic called “Sakura Star” in a previous entry, but have just recently produced a video instructions showing how to fold it.

  • The video starts by showing how to make a pentagon from a square. If you already know how to make a pentagon, then skip ahead to minute 3:11.
  • You can also see how to add a hint of contrasting color inside the star by inserting a central piece of paper.
  • To conclude, there are instructions on how to make a puffier origami star by joining two units.

Enjoy folding this five pointed origami star. And please do let me know how it goes for you!

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  • Javier Augusto Castellanos Calvo July 25, 2016, 11:39 pm

    Estimada Leyla:
    Hace muy poco me suscribí a su blog, pero he encontrado muchas figuras interesantes para realizar que no son tan difíciles y con un resultado muy bueno. La felicito por sus videos son muy claros y didácticos y lo de las variaciones son una manera inteligente de orientarnos hacia la creatividad.
    Cordial saludo

    • Leyla Torres July 26, 2016, 5:14 pm

      Muchas gracias Javier. Me alegra que te guste lo que encuentras en Origami Spirit!

  • Louise September 28, 2015, 8:47 pm

    Hi, Leyla! I love this model, but seem to be having problems making the pentagon. It seems that two sides are always a touch longer (sometimes about 1/8″), throwing the model off. Do you have any extra tips for that could help me? … I’ve been carefully watching the video, but I can’t seem to find the error of my ways.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    • Leyla Torres September 28, 2015, 9:31 pm

      Hi Louise,

      My only suggestion is to watch this other video I did on how to make a pentagon. I added a step that consists on unfolding the paper early in the process.
      I hope you are successful making it!

  • Virginia December 25, 2014, 4:23 pm

    Hi Leyla!!!
    And Merry Christmas!!!
    I love your blog, your origami and your videos!!
    I follow you silently but I’m here! :D
    I esteem you and your work!!!
    I tryed to make this origami very little to make a greeting card :)
    I used a 7,5 cm paper
    If you want to have you can find it at http://rava-nello.blogspot.it/2014/12/biglietto-dauguri-natalizio.html

    Again merry Christmas and thankyou for your tutorials :D


    • Virginia December 25, 2014, 4:24 pm

      ooops…I wrote it twice… :D

    • Leyla Torres December 27, 2014, 5:20 pm

      You are welcome, Virginia. Thank you for your kind words!

  • Tiffany November 23, 2013, 5:30 am

    Hi leyla, is it okay for me to use a 15cm X 15cm paper? I’m from Southeast Asia and it’s hard to find bigger origami paper. Standard size is 15cm x 15cm.

    From a curious person,
    Tiffany ;-)

    • Leyla Torres November 24, 2013, 10:25 pm

      Hi Tiffany,
      Yes, you can use standard size is 15cm x 15cm. to make pentagonal stars. I use it all the time! I encourage you to experiment and find what best works for you.

  • gril-54 September 6, 2013, 10:57 pm

    Hola Leyla, gracias por todos los tutoriales tan fabulosos, el problema es que tengo muy mala memoria y cada ves que quiero repetir una figura me toco volver al vídeo y muchas veces no tengo un pc al alcance, seria muy interesante que adjuntaras los diagramas o que tuvieras una sección con diagramas de origami que e se pudieran imprimir o guardar.

    • Leyla Torres September 7, 2013, 11:05 am

      Hola, gracias por tu sugerencia. Hacer videos toma tiempo y añadir diagramas tomaría el doble. Pero quizás recopile algunos diagramas y haga un libro que pueda ofrecer para la venta. ¿Considerarías comprar un libro?

      • gril-54 September 7, 2013, 1:00 pm

        Me encantaría un libro, de hecho tengo varios libros, pero son muy difíciles de conseguir

  • Virginia November 7, 2012, 9:01 am

    Do you have these directions in English?

    • Leyla Torres November 7, 2012, 9:51 am

      Hi Virginia, the directions in the video are in English!

  • Donna November 5, 2012, 9:44 pm

    Dear Leyla,

    Thank you for introducing me tothis wonderful model! You’re so right–I couldn’t stop making them. The best models are those that have a wonderful folding sequence ending in a beautiful model. I’m going to share it with everyone I fold with.

    All the best,

  • Rosemary November 2, 2012, 10:43 am

    Dear Leyla:

    I had only just folded David Martinez’s Sakura Star the other day. It is indeed one of my favorite models. Now I will make the “puffy” version thanks to you, Leyla.
    Once again, and as always a suberbly executed tutorial. I could watch you fold all day :-)
    Thank you Leyla for this exsquisite origami gift!

    Best wishes always,


    • Leyla Torres November 5, 2012, 10:26 pm

      Thank you Rosemary, your encouraging words are a motivation to keep on going with this project.

  • David November 1, 2012, 10:11 am

    So nice and lovely…Thanks…
    A candle holder for the Christmas dinner table….

  • Eva November 1, 2012, 9:25 am

    Hi Leyla,
    thanks again for a new tutorial!

  • IlseZ November 1, 2012, 9:07 am

    Hello dear Leyla,

    I like to say thank you for this wonderful tutorial of David Martinez’ Sakura Star!!
    In july this year Claudia Maroska – a german orgamist – taught at Prien (Bavaria) this nice Star. – But meanwhile I forgot how to do the folding steps. So, Iam really glad, that you made this wonderful tutorial!!
    If you like have a look at flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/faltwelt/7649412808/in/photostream – where you can see what I learned from Claudia. She made a little variation, as you can see.
    Thanks again, dear Leyla!
    Best wishes from Germany

    • Leyla Torres November 1, 2012, 9:20 am

      Hi Ilse,
      The star you posted on flickr are fabulous. I love the color change for the points!
      Thank you for sharing.

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