The folding pattern for this origami star was designed by Shuzo Fujimoto in the 1970s, but I only discovered it a few years ago after finding an image on Pinterest.
I saved the image to my collection of stars and promptly forgot about it.
I was reminded of it again recently when Paula Beardell Kreig wrote a blog post about discovering an instruction video for the stars. Paula got quite excited about the first part of the video which shows how to create a pentagon from a square —it is pretty clever— and did her own set of drawings for the steps.
She even drew a map of the fold pattern. If you are the kind of person who does origami from fold patterns, you can download a pdf of her map here, or go to her post to get it. If, like me, you prefer to work from step-by-step instructions, you can find them on the site where I first found the image: Homemade Gifts Made Easy. The post includes the video that Paula discovered.
I made the three stars shown at the beginning of this post using some discarded sheet music. I printed a pentagon on one side, cut it out, and worked from there. (You can download my pentagon pattern here.) Based on my experience, I would suggest making your first star with plain paper so that it is easier to see the fold lines. If you want to make a star with sheet music and don’t have any lying around waiting to be used, I have two printable pdfs of musical notation for you: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for violin and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for piano. Print your chosen music on one side of your paper and the pentagon pattern on the other.
The images were generated from screenshots and had to be heavily manipulated in Photoshop, so they look more like paintings of sheet music than actual printed pages, but I think they work well. Here’s my final star for the day, made from a printout of the violin music.