How to Make an Origami Ninja Star

The ninja star, or “shuriken“, is an ancient ninja weapon. It’s also a great origami model!

Modular Origami Ninja Star

Let’s take a look at how to make an origami ninja star…

* This is a simple modular origami model, so you’ll need two pieces of paper, with dimensions of 2×1 (one side is twice as long as the other).
* The easiest way to get these is to take a regular square of origami paper and cut or tear it in half along the centre line. I prefer to crease it well in both directions, dampen the edge and then carefully tear, but you might find scissors easier.

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* Once you’ve got two 2×1 pieces, fold them in half so that you they are are 4×1 in size. To create a two-tone ninja star like this one, fold one sheet with a mountain fold and the other with a valley fold. You could also use two different coloured sheets.
* Now fold these in half vertically, so you’re back to 2×1 pieces. Crease, then unfold to the previous step.

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* Fold the bottom half of one piece diagonally up to meet the crease from the previous step.
* Turn the piece 180 degrees and repeat. You should end up with a zig-zag shape.

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* Repeat with the other piece, but fold in the opposite direction so that you create a mirror-image of the first piece.

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* Turn both pieces over.

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* Now fold the outsideedges in to meet the vertical lines on the back of each piece.. You want to end up with two triangular shapes together.
* Make sure that both pieces are still mirror images.

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* Fold the outer part across the vertical line you used in the previous step. You should now have two mirror-image parallelograms.
* Turn one piece over, and partially unfold the last step so you have two points facing upwards on one piece, and down on the other piece. Cross the pieces over.

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* Now fold a point from the bottom piece across the top piece. Tuck it into the pocket in the middle of the top piece.
* Do the same with the other bottom point.

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* Flip the pieces over.
* Tuck in both remaining points from the piece that’s now on the bottom into the top piece.

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* Now enjoy your completed origami ninja star!

Modular Origami Ninja Star

The model is very well balanced and will fly well if thrown quickly.

Please don’t throw it at people or animals!


#1 Yukimura Sanada142 on 03.20.07 at 11:34 pm

Hey pokemon master are you smoking crack? Because pokemon is stupid… I know 5 year olds that like pokemon…

#2 Yukimura Sanada142 on 03.20.07 at 11:37 pm

Ok Twitchboy, try target? I honestly dunno…

#3 Yukimura Sanada142 on 03.20.07 at 11:38 pm

I mean for the Gaara costume….
(this message is for Twitchboy)

#4 zev on 03.21.07 at 2:44 am

I know you can make 1 with 2 squares

#5 zev on 03.21.07 at 5:23 pm

I suck at making these!

I admit it!

My Father is better than me!

#6 Weird Al on 03.21.07 at 5:24 pm

Does anyone know where there are sites that tell you how to throw these and stuff?

#7 Weird Al on 03.21.07 at 5:24 pm

Does anyone know where there are sites that tell you how to throw these and stuff??

#8 Weird Al on 03.21.07 at 5:25 pm

I did not just leave a message at 5:24!!!!

I left one at 11:24!!!!

#9 Weird Al on 03.21.07 at 5:26 pm

I just come here to IM!!!

#10 Naruto on 03.21.07 at 9:30 pm

Hey, if anyone has designs for a kunai or other shurikens or claws or any other ninja weapong, please send them to [email protected]

Thanks so much. =]

#11 Twitchboy on 03.21.07 at 9:58 pm

yeah, seriously, who the hell plays pokemon? Retards with no life!

#12 Yukimura Sanada142 on 03.21.07 at 10:17 pm

LMAO! Pokemon is for faggots…

#13 Rachel on 03.21.07 at 11:02 pm

I am so confused these are good instructions but i cant do it! is there some secret way of doing it that i cant figure out!?!?!! but good instructions im just lame!!

#14 malikz on 03.22.07 at 10:00 pm

These things are so cool.I sell these at my school for 10 cents!

#15 Jackie on 03.24.07 at 12:03 pm

Lmao i’m 11 and i did it perfectly on my first try
btw great instructions i could understand them perfectly!

#16 doskar32 on 03.24.07 at 10:40 pm

step 13 i do not get.

#17 somebody on 03.24.07 at 11:21 pm


#18 Barcode on 03.25.07 at 8:57 pm

hey naruto did you get my e-mail of how to make haku’s needles.
and if Anyone else wants me to tell them hot to make a ninja star or ninja claws or a grappling hook or aku’s throwing needles e-mail me at [email protected]

#19 Barcode on 03.25.07 at 9:00 pm

the grappling hook is kinda weak but it works and its for small items only unless you find a way to reinforce it cos its made of paper clips but it works well and it grips better.

#20 Barcode on 03.25.07 at 9:03 pm

hey doskar32 you put them ontop of ech other then you fold the flaps like you did with the diamond part with step 12. and fold into the gaps .

#21 origami master on 03.26.07 at 2:54 am

Great website with step by step instructions. I wanted to make ninja stars for a long time and now I can make hundreds. Thanks, Rob.

#22 Dev on 03.27.07 at 10:09 am

It can fly pretty damn well but is there a design that makes it curve more

#23 AISHA on 03.28.07 at 10:19 am



#24 Sarah on 03.30.07 at 2:58 pm

Very impressive, espwcially for a girl who has a hard time making the simplest origami!

#25 anonymous on 03.30.07 at 6:42 pm

Jez, a long metal rod with a sharpened point at one end is called a Bo-Shruiken (if you looked at the link at the top of the page called “shruiken” you would get all the details).

#26 Tim Webb on 04.05.07 at 8:45 pm

This is to make a kunai

#27 Frank on 04.06.07 at 2:05 am

lol. I’ll try using oaktag paper or cardboard, and make myself a large shuriken!!! lol

#28 Shino Aburame on 04.09.07 at 3:41 am

Barcode, I hope u got my email about hakus needles.

#29 hussain on 04.11.07 at 9:00 pm

how do you make a kunie knife
(origami)please and thanks

#30 Mike on 04.18.07 at 8:44 pm

this is sick…i didn’t understand how to make it at first but now i do and it’s pretty easy…it’s flys like a jew with a to have a ninja star fight with my friend on my trampoline now:):)

#31 Ele-Nin on 04.19.07 at 3:42 pm

This site rocks! Shuriken kick butt! NARUTO kicks butt! Keep up good work!!!

#32 inner saskura on 04.21.07 at 4:20 pm

i totally made a kunai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay me!!!!!!(having a party in her chair).

#33 Ele-Nin on 04.23.07 at 8:45 pm

Good going, inner saskura

#34 Killer on 03.15.08 at 11:27 pm

Thanks for the info, I like how it flies.