Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Four and my Favourite Origami Star

This one is a straight re-post of my favourite folded star. These make lovely solo decorations, or they can be strung together into garlands. Warning: I found folding these to be a bit addictive. The final tuck, when everything snaps into place producing a tiny star in the middle, is extremely satisfying!


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.


About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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3 Responses to Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020: Day Four and my Favourite Origami Star

  1. lcmt says:

    This is my favorite star too. Following your original post I made about a dozen of these and gave away most of them as decoration on wrapped gifts. I still have a few scattered around the house, and whenever my gaze falls on them, my spirits lift a tiny bit. I made them out of wrapping paper I designed, the paper is stiff like butcher paper. Over time the folds relax, the center star expands and the stars gain a lovely three dimensional quality.


  2. Pingback: Last Post for the Year and an Index for the Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2020 | Byopia Press

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