If you have done origami from my blog before, you will know that origami is a Japanese word. It means the art of paper fold. Paper was actually invented in China, and then they sent it to Japan and Korea. China and Korea fold paper too, but not as fancy as the Japanese. In fact, sometimes, Koreans ask me to teach them origami that I learned in Japan. My daughter was elementary school age the last time I lived in Japan, and she was just picking up the culture right and left. She was speaking Japanese without any lessons, just from playing with the kids. She was also learning lots of origami. This paper star is something she learned, and she did it for us so I could show it to you. I have made this star before, but she is much better at it, so I let her do it for you.
To begin with, you will need two pieces of square paper that are the same size. If you can get origami paper, that is good. If you can’t get origami paper, you probably have some Christmas wrapping paper left, and you can cut it into equal squares to do this.
The star is finished. It is a ninja star, the kind they throw at people as a weapon, but it is made out of paper, so it wouldn’t hurt anyone. Like the Japanese paper ball and paper bird I showed you, this would also make a nice Christmas tree decoration. It seems kind of complicated, but if you work at it, you can figure it out. I was doing it alone, and I was worried that I was doing it wrong, but when my daughter came home, I learned that I was right. I know it seems strange when you put it together, and you will be wondering if you are putting it together right, and you probably will be. Just remember that practice makes perfect.
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