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Thinking of a last minute Christmas present? Planning ahead for next year’s holiday ornaments?
Even if you are not in the holiday mood, I invite you to get two squares of colorful paper and sit with me for just fifteen minutes. You’ll enjoy making this cleverly designed modular origami star.

The ‘Polo Sur Star’ was created by Polo Madueño from Patagonia, Argentina.  My house was filled with origami stars as soon as Polo taught this model to me. I used them as Christmas ornaments!

Modular origami is a technique in which two or more sheets of paper are folded into units, which are then fitted together to form one piece. You will be satisfied with this great example of modular origami, because it takes only two units to make a great puffy origami star.

Thank you Polo for your permission to share instructions to make this fantastic origami star in the following video.

I folded this origami star with fairly thin paper, Japanese Kami, but I find that the thickness of office paper is perfect for it. Two squares of 4 x 4 inches are suitable to make it.  You can use duo-color paper. Also, white paper  can be colored with a different tone on each side. Each module is made from a base known in the origami world as blinz base, where each of the four corners of the squares meet in the center.

Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday to everyone both near and far.


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  • Daniel July 26, 2015, 6:22 am

    Just tried it right now; clear explanations, easy to follow

    nice origami, thanks

  • Nagarajan M R C January 6, 2013, 6:50 pm

    It is beautiful and would be very attractive too. Can we get the diagrams too tofill our houses?

  • kathleen December 30, 2012, 11:49 pm

    ¡Hola Leyla!
    ¡Buenísimo, lindo y bello como siempre! Gracias por compartir la estrella. Siempre me encantan tus videos.
    Ojala que nos veamos otra vez en 2013 :) Feliz Año Nuevo

    • Leyla Torres December 31, 2012, 8:59 am

      Seguro que nos veremos en el 2013 Kathleen. Feliz Año!

  • Ana December 29, 2012, 4:09 pm

    Muchas gracias por tan bella estrella. Te deseo un feliz año nuevo. Salud y éxito

  • FranT December 29, 2012, 12:06 pm

    This is a great ornament to make. I love how it fits together. I am making a few and will attach to gifts I bring to friends at New Years Eve.

    • Leyla Torres December 31, 2012, 8:58 am

      Ye it is so much fun, that we want to make it at any time of the year!

  • Leandro Carlos Madueño POLO December 26, 2012, 9:29 am

    Leyla Feliz Navidad.
    Brillante la explicación y tus estrellas que inundaron tu casa. Gracias por mostrarlas.
    Un abrazo para vos y tu marido desde la Patagonia.

    • Leyla Torres December 28, 2012, 3:34 pm

      Gracias a ti Polo por compartir con todos nosotros en Origami Spirit. Que tengas un año nuevo próspero en ideas creativas como esta!

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  • Belinda December 25, 2012, 2:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, Leyla. It is indeed a very fun thing to fold. You always have such beautiful paper.

    • Leyla Torres December 28, 2012, 3:37 pm

      You are welcome Belinda. Thank you for your visit!

  • Ute Mörchen December 24, 2012, 7:20 pm

    Dear Leyla,
    you have such a keen sense of color and design!
    I wish you and your husband a merry Christmas and for corazón, too!
    Greetings from Germany

    • Leyla Torres December 25, 2012, 12:39 am

      Hi Ute,

      Thank you, we all send the best wishes for you too!

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