Two squares of paper, a few minutes of joyful paper-folding meditation, a lovely mandala design… an origami star is born! If you’ve ever made an origami figure using the windmill base, this eight-pointed star should be a breeze to fold. I’m excited to share with you this origami star of my own design.
I named this model ‘Star of Gratitude’ because gratitude is the feeling I have as I think of all the wonderful people with whom I can share this delightful passion. Your visits and your messages are always read and appreciated, and they keep me going!
Also, I had fun creating some perfectly symmetrical and printable mandala designs, that can be used for this star model for a great effect. You can purchase these patterns here.
The eight-pointed star is made using two units that overlap diagonally, the short corners of one fitting into the pockets of the other. This is the step-by-step video tutorial showing how to make the Star of Gratitude.
Tips and suggestions for making the origami Gratitude Star
- In the video, the star is demonstrated using very thin paper called Kami.
- All kinds of papers can be used to make this star: recycled paper, regular office paper or fancier papers such as “Tant” or onion skin would make good choices.
- To make the star use two squares of paper sized 6 × 6-inch (15 × 15cm)
- The finished paper star shows one side of the paper in the front. It’s not necessary to use paper of a different color on each side.
- If you are just beginning your adventure in the art of paper folding, you might want to make a few stars using flat color paper, and then go ahead and use patterned paper. *UPDATE: Read the comments for a great idea contributed by Caroline Chun to facilitate folding with patterned paper.
- Make a collection of stars, featuring pictures of your family and loved ones in the central frame. Hang them on the Christmas tree.
- Take squares 1/4 of the size of the ones you used for the star. On them, write those things for which you feel grateful. Blintz-fold them (all corners to the center). Insert these gratitude notes at the center of each star, and place the stars on your holiday tree.
Star of Gratitude -6 Ways to Enhance it for Decoration
In this blog post, you will learn some other ideas to enhance the star by adding inserts. I invite you to experiment with making up some and having fun with them.
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Arrange a group of stars on a wall in the shape of a Christmas tree.
Can you see Lady Coco behind the door?
I noticed our little kitty’s presence only after I took the picture!
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