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.