Two squares of paper, a few minutes of joyful paper-folding meditation, a lovely mandala design and 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. If you are an Origami Spirit supporter at the ‘Chick’ level or higher, you’ve already received some of these patterns. Otherwise you can purchase these patterns here.
The eight-pointed star is made with 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 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.
In a coming blog post I will show some other ideas to enhance the star by adding inserts. In the mean time, I invite you to experiment 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.
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