Origami stars

Origami stars

Add some flair to a cake or dessert with these pretty origami stars.

You’ll need

  • coloured paper
  • scissors or a guillotine
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • thread
  • sewing needle
  • kebab sticks

To make

  1. Cut strips each measuring 1cm wide along the length of the paper. If using paper that’s patterned only on
    one side, keep the patterned side outwards. Make a knot at one end of the strip, leaving about a centimetre tab on the end.
  2. Gently press on the knot to create the beginnings of a pentagon shape, which will become your star shape.
    Don’t flatten the paper.
  3. Fold in the end tab to neaten the shape.
  4. Turning the star over, fold the strip in the direction it folds towards. You’ll see as you go along that the strip
    ends up criss-crossing over the previous folds, which helps to strengthen the star.
  5. Keep going until you’ve folded almost the whole strip. Make sure there’s a small tab remaining.
    Tuck that extra tab into the previously folded section.
  6. Pinch the points of the stars between your thumb and forefinger, shaping the indents of the star as you go.
  7. Use the sewing needle and thread to create a garland of stars. Push the kebab sticks into the cake. Tie the thread onto the kebab sticks.

Magazine issue date: December, 2016

Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Your Family’s Digital editor. Avid retweeter. When I’m not scrolling Instagram you’ll find me in my garden. Keen on DIY and I don’t believe there’s anything that can’t be fixed with some chalk paint.