Adventures In Origami – Paper Stars & Greatswords

Hey guys! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with origami. Using just plain, boring paper to create vivid 3D objects is incredibly cool. With that in mind, I recently acquired a beginner’s book to origami. The two creations that I’ve shared today are my origami paper stars and my paper greatsword. Below are the steps I took to create the aforementioned!

 

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I started off with a single piece of paper.

 

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Which I subsequently cut up into two strips and an (almost) even square.

 

Paper Stars

 

15 I took one of the strips of paper from before.

 

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Folded it as such.

 

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And continued to make a neat knot.

 

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I then pulled in the small, remaining piece of paper through the knot.

 

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And tucked in the excess strip at the back of the pentagon.

 

20 I then started to fold around the pentagon, piece by piece.

 

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The trail of paper began to get smaller and smaller…

 

 

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Until all that was left…

 

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Was a neat pentagon.

 

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I then proceeded to “inflate” the star by pressing evenly between each of the edges. I think this one came out comically!

 

Greatsword

 

3Taking out the square piece of paper from before…

 

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I folded the sheet vertically and horizontally…

 

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And diagonally as well.

 

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I then proceeded to fold in the corners of the paper as such.

 

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Dove right into a valley fold…

 

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Swiftly creasing the ends of the diamond with some more valley folds.

 

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I then made the following fold as…

 

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Preparation for a (neat) mountain fold. Please observe the use of brackets.

 

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What remained was starting to take shape!

 

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The handle of the sword came next.

 

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And soon the greatsword was finished!

 

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Origami is so much fun! Although I am a still a novice, I can’t wait to try making some other neat stuff. On another thought, I think I may dive into the realm of paper airplanes as well. Until next time, keep it here at Why Ryerson! Now to get my hands on some colored paper…

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