The other week, Owen learned how to fold these paper ninja stars from a friend at church, and he has been making tons of them! Great project for a rainy day. All you need is some paper, and you’re ready to go. We added Sharpies too for decorating the ninja stars with fun designs.
We made some of our ninja stars with colored paper and some with white paper. Origami paper would work too! Just don’t use card stock – it’s too heavy to fold like this.
Update: We’ve added video instructions! See the bottom of the post for the video!
This post was originally published in May 2017, and updated in March 2020.
Step 1: If you’re starting with 8.5″ x 11″ paper, fold it over as shown to create a square. Cut off the excess.
You’ll need two pieces of paper for each ninja star. It’s fun to use two different colors!
Step 2: Fold each square piece of paper in half to make a crease down the center.
Step 3: Open the paper back up. The fold each side over to the center line. Do this with both squares.
Step 4: Fold each piece of paper in half again.
Step 5: Now fold each paper in half length-wise for the purpose of making a crease.
Step 6: Fold the top half over to that it lines up with the crease you made in step 5. You want the papers to be folded the opposite direction from each other.
Step 7: Fold each bottom half over to the side in the same way, but go the opposite direction.
(Love the little 3 year old hands helping me out!)
Step 8: Flip over each paper. Fold the ends in toward the center as shown.
Step 9: Lay the papers on top of each other as shown. You’ll want like sides to face each other.
Step 10: Fold the top right yellow point over and tuck the edge under the green as shown. The fold will be on the crease line that you see in the photo above.
Step 11: Fold up the bottom yellow point in the same way.
Step 12: Flip over the star and fold in the green points the same way.
Step 13: When you tuck in the final point, the star should hold together like this.
Fold some more! Then grab some markers and decorate your ninja stars.
Want to see video instructions? Click the play button to start the video.
Our collection of stars turned out so bright and colorful! And being paper, they don’t hurt too bad if people end up throwing them – not that that would ever happen at our house, HA!