How to Make an Origami Ninja Star

Origami ninja star final
Difficulty: Intermediate
Follow our simple, visual step-by-step instructions to make your own throwing ninja stars and you’ll be a ninja in no time.

With just a single piece of paper and a few minutes of your time, you can create a stunning and affordable ornament called an origami ninja star.

Children often imagine themselves as someone else, such as an astronaut exploring the depths of space or a cowboy galloping across the plains. Some wish they were ninjas.

Giving kids real, sharp-edged throwing stars might be frowned upon by the community. But you can make satisfactory substitutes from a few simple pieces of paper. The origami instructions below use traditional sheets that are approximately 6×6 inches.

Initially, metal ninja stars, or Shuriken, were used as throwing weapons in Japanese variations of martial arts. Using the Japanese art of paper folding and Origami, you can make a replica of a ninja star from paper.

Folding ninja stars with paper is an easy and fun project and folded ninja stars can be used as a decoration or craft piece when completed.

The origami ninja star is fun and easy to fold. The weight, form and shape is even and balanced all around making it also fun to throw.

However I have to warn you that the corners are sharp and can poke an eye out or cause injury. This origami ninja star is no ordinary toy. You have been warned. Now fold it and have fun.

What Size Paper do you Need to Make a Ninja Star?

The origami instructions below use traditional sheets that are approximately 7×7 inches. You could easily scale up the size of the pages you use to make giant throwing stars, but I wouldn’t go much smaller. The only real necessity is that your papers are the same size, and that they’re both square.

How Many Points Does a Ninja Star Have?

These are flat, metal disks with four sharp points. While movies and shows show ninjas using the hira-shuriken, they were used by samurai.

Step 1
Blade origami step 01
Start with a square sheet of origami paper. I am using an 7×7 inches origami paper.

If you only have regular paper, follow these instructions on how to make a square origami paper.

Step 2
Blade origami step 02
Fold the paper in half.

Step 3
Blade origami step 03

Step 4
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Cut in half by using crease as a guide for cutting.

Step 5
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Fold the halves in half again so it’s thinner.

Step 6
Blade origami step 06
Fold both sheets down in half.

Step 7
Blade origami step 07
Unfold. All we need is the halfway crease.

Step 8
Blade origami step 08
Fold the top half to the side as shown without passing the halfway crease.

Step 9
Blade origami step 09
Fold the lower half of both sheets opposite of the upper half.

Step 10
Blade origami step 10
Turn both paper over so they match the positions as shown.

Step 11
Blade origami step 11
Fold the top squares of both sheets in half as shown.

Step 12
Blade origami step 12
Fold the bottom squares of both sheets in half as shown.

Step 13
Blade origami step 13
Fold the top triangles in as shown, but make sure the base of the triangle does not pass the halfway crease.

Step 14
Blade origami step 14
Fold in the bottom triangles of both sheets.

Step 15
Blade origami step 15
Unfold the top and bottom triangles of both sheets.

Step 16
Blade origami step 16
Turn the right sheet over and position it exactly as shown.

Step 17
Blade origami step 17
Place the right sheet on top of the left sheet.

Step 18
Blade origami step 18
Tuck the right and left of the bottom sheet under the left and right side of the top sheet.

Step 19
Blade origami step 19
Turn the figure over.

Step 20
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Tuck the above flap into the pocket of the top sheet.

Step 21
Blade origami step 21
Tuck the lower flap into the other pocket of the top sheet.

Step 22
Origami ninja star final
Finish! Now throw it like a ninja but don’t throw it on someone else, haha!


3 responses to “How to Make an Origami Ninja Star”

  1. Amazing worked like a charm even with an uneven cut

  2. Thanks! These are fun and easy to make!

  3. This is amazing!

    I’ve seen others do it in so many more complicated steps, but these are just so simple!

    I didn’t cut it out perfectly, but it still came out perfect! Thank you!

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