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!

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  1. Yukimura Sanada142

    ninja nerd- I don’t understand how to make the kunai… however, I bookmarked the adress you posted… I would really appreciate if you assisted me with the delay…

  2. Yukimura Sanada142

    I didn’t leave these messages at 2:00 a.m. in the morning

  3. Yukimura Sanada142

    This is the history of Hanzo Hattori

    Hattori Hanzō
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    A portrait of Hattori HanzōHattori Hanzō (服部半蔵, Hattori Hanzō?) (1541 – 1596), also known as Masanari or Masashige (服部正成, Hattori Masanari?), the son of a certain Hattori Yasunaga, was a head of clan from Iga region of Japan, famous for its Ninja, he served Tokugawa Ieyasu loyally and well. He is commonly depicted as such in manga and novel fiction. Hanzo was born a samurai vassal of the Matsudaira (later Tokugawa) clan; he would later earn the nickname Oni no Hanzō (Devil Hanzo) because of the ferocity he displayed in battle. His nickname distinguishes him from another Tokugawa samurai, Watanabe Hanzō, called Hanzō of Spear.

    [edit] Biography
    Despite the fact Hanzo was born and raised in Mikawa, he often returned to Iga, home of the Hattori ninja family. He was an extremely skilled swordsman, tactician, spearman. This is because the Iga and Koga regions were the birthplace of ninjutsu, and there were over 70 clandestine organizations carrying out the art in the region. In the surrounding mountains there were large institutes for training in martial skills. Onmyodo, a Chinese system of divination propagated in Kyoto by Abe no Seimei, had been brought from the capital. The village of Yagyu, along the Kyoto-Nara border, was home to a venerable school of sword technique. The Hozo-in temple in Nara supported a unique school of spear fighting, the Hozoin-ryu. All the arts necessary for ninjutsu could be acquired within a radius of 45 miles from Iga. Hattori, who fought his first battle at the age of 16, went on to serve at the battles of Anegawa (1570) and Mikatagahara (1572), but his most valuable contribution came in 1582, following Oda Nobunaga’s death. Hattori might be depicted as a Samurai, but he later became a true Ninja during 1576.

    Hanzo’s grave located at the Sainen-ji temple cemetery in Shinjuku, Tokyo.At that time, Ieyasu and his retainers had been staying near Osaka and learned of the assassination only just in time to avoid being detained by Akechi Mitsuhide’s troops. But they were not safe yet. Mikawa was still a long way away, and Akechi’s men searching for them. Hanzō suggested that they take a route through Iga, as he had ties with the samurai there. In addition, Ieyasu had previously sheltered survivors from Oda Nobunaga’s bloody invasion of that province in 1580 and so had built up a stock of goodwill there. Honda Tadakatsu sent Hanzō on ahead, and, as hoped, the Iga men agreed not only to guide them along back roads, but also to provide them with an escort. At length, Ieyasu and his band returned to Mikawa safely. The same could not be said for Anayama Beisetsu, a recent Tokugawa addition who had insisted on taking a different route.

    Hanzo Masanari died in 1596 at the age of fifty-five, it is believed that a ninja, Fuuma Kotaro, was the one responsible for Hanzo’s death. He was succeeded by his eighteen-year-old son, whose name was also Masanari, though written with different Japanese characters. His son was given the title “Iwami-no-Kami” and his men would act as guards of Edo Castle. Hanzo’s son mistreated the members of the Band of Iga.

    To this day, artifacts of Hanzo’s legacy remain; the Kōkyo Imperial Palace (formerly the shogun’s palace) still has a gate called Hanzo’s Gate, and the Hanzo-mon subway line which runs from central Tokyo to the southwestern suburbs is named after the gate. Hanzo’s remains now rest in the Sainen-ji temple cemetery in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The temple also holds his favorite spears.

    A ninja who served under two generations: Ieyasu Tokugawa and his father Hirotada Matsudaira. When he was just 16 years old, he led dozens of soldiers and set fire to the Mikawa Uto Castle. His illustrious career included an attack on the Enshu Kakegawa Castle, the Battles of Anegawa and Mikatagahara, and the fight against Katsuyori Takeda. During the Honnouji Incident, Hattori rescued the marooned Tokugawa and escorted him all the way from Sakai to Okazaki. That escape, known as the Iga Crossing (because it spanned the province of Iga), was one of the most perilous moments of Tokugawa’s life. Hattori consequently became head of Tokugawa’s echelon of ninja. When Tokugawa moved the capital from Kyoto to Kanto (the plain surrounding modern day Tokyo), Hattori was given a mansion at the western gate of Edo Castle

    [edit] References in popular culture

    Hanzo Hattori in Samurai Warriors.Hanzō frequently appears in jidaigeki. Actor Sonny Chiba played the role in the television series Kage no Gundan. Many films, specials and series on the life and times of Tokugawa Ieyasu depict the events detailed above.
    In Kill Bill, his name is shared by a master, said to be a descendant of the Hattori Hanzo in Kage no Gundan, also played by Sonny Chiba.
    Hanzō is also selectable in Samurai Warriors video games.
    Hanzō is a supporting character in the manga turned anime Samurai Deeper Kyo.
    He is also featured prominently in SNK Playmore’s fighting game series: Samurai Shodown (Masaki Usui did Hanzo’s voice in Samurai Shodown 1, but since Samurai Shodown 2, Hanzo has been voiced by Toshimitsu Arai, who also did Rugal’s voice) as well as the World Heroes series from ADK, his World Heroes incarnation is also featured in NeoGeo Battle Coliseum.
    There is also a secret character in various games in Sega’s Shining Force series based on him.
    Hanzo also appears as minor character in Nobunaga’s Ambition II. In his depictions, Hanzo is often portrayed as a man who often spoke about shadows.
    In the backstory for the website Ninja Burger, Hattori Hanzo is the ancestor of the modern clan of ninja that went on to found the fictional fast food chain.
    Hattori Hanzo and his successor appears as Tokugawa Ieyasu’s chief of espionage in the anime Basilisk.
    During the 2003 “Salem Stalker” storyline of daytime drama Days of our Lives, swordsman and mafia boss Tony DiMera trains with his Zen master named Hattori Hanzo. We learn later that his training was in preparation for a final duel with Tony’s rival and ex-assassin, John Black.
    Hanzo appears as the leader of the Rokkaku ninja clan in the video game series Suikoden.
    In the novel of Battle Royale, Shuya Nanahara owns a Hattori Hanzō wristwatch
    In the manga Princess Ninja Scroll Tenka Musou, the main female character is named Hattori Hanzō.
    In the anime/manga Ultimate Muscle (Kinnikuman Nisei), a ninja of the No Respect Trio is named Hanzo.
    In the manga Hunter × Hunter, one of the entrants in the Hunter exam is a Japanese ninja named Hanzo.
    The manga Hanzo no mori by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima dramatizes the adventures of the young Hattori Hanzo and his master Tokugawa Ieyasu. It is available in English as Path of the Assassin from Dark Horse Comics.
    Hanzo also appears in the 1999 jidaigeki movie named Fukurō no Shiro (Owl’s Castle). He was played by actor Jinpachi Nezu.
    In the videogame World of Warcraft, there is a sword called the “Hanzo Sword”. It is a somewhat powerful weapon that is also pretty rare.
    He appears on the manga Tails of the Moon as a young shinbi for Iga, met by Usagi. His character is young and handsome.
    In the online game Monsters Game, there is a weapon called the Hattori Hanzo Sword.
    In the video game series Mortal Kombat, the ninja character Scorpion’s real name is Hanzo Hasashi.
    In the anime/manga Detective Conan, Heiji Hattori, strongly implied to be a descendant of Hanzo, tends to prove himself to have ninja skills in kendo & other forms of swordplay, such as when he jumps on the back of a katana wielded by a murderer and balances himself with ease.
    Hanzo’s name makes an appearance in the game Phantasy Star Universe as the name of a sword, the Hanzo.
    He also appears in the film Shinobi: Heart Under Blade
    In the MMORPG Ultima Online there is an artifact called “Hanzo’s Bow”
    In the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI there is a quite efficient hand piece that gives a boost to evasion and accuracy (highly sought after stats for the Ninja class) called “Hanzo tekko”
    He is on a promotional card in the trading card game Anachronism.
    In the fighting game series Power Instinct, Saizo Hattori is supposedly based on him.
    Hattori Hanzō is the name of a dance bar in Herzliya, Israel.

    [edit] External links
    Detailed biography of Hattori Hanzo
    Persondata
    NAME Hanzō, Hattori
    ALTERNATIVE NAMES Hanzo, Hattori
    SHORT DESCRIPTION Japanese ninja
    DATE OF BIRTH 1541
    PLACE OF BIRTH Iga
    DATE OF DEATH 1596
    PLACE OF DEATH

    Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hattori_Hanz%C5%8D”
    Category: Historical ninja

  4. sasuke

    i got to like step 13 but i cant get step 14 argh!!!!!! its so confusing!!!

  5. sasuke

    someone plz help

  6. sasuke

    someone plz help me

  7. Twitchboy

    seriously, does anyone have any sort of diagram of how to make a “saw” (8 pointed) shuriken!

  8. Twitchboy

    okay……..Yukimura Sanada142, you are a f&*&^&**& nerd.

  9. Twitchboy

    Gaara kicks ass!

    That was random. @[email protected]

  10. stargazer

    COOL! MY CLASSMATES LOVE IT!

  11. daoud

    how do i make a paper kunai knife plz tell me and email me at [email protected] plzplzplzplzplzplzplz help me

  12. berd-man

    this is tight, its a lot better thn the other sites ive been on!

  13. harold

    that design is really cool it took me five minutes to make it its really fun to make ive made like 50 of them now. Its really easy but you should put in a little more details in #’s 10 and 11 they were kinda confusing to me.

  14. Twitchboy

    uhhhhh………..Does anyone know where I can get a gourd for my Gaara costume?
    please help. I’m desperate.

  15. Twitchboy

    Yukimura Sanada142, can’t we just be friends?

    :)

  16. Yukimura Sanada142

    Uhhh… Sure, Twitchboy… LOL!

  17. Twitchboy

    well, there isn’t anything on ebay

  18. Champagne

    i’ve made 300 already thx

  19. Yukimura Sanada142

    I finally learned how to make one of those damn things…. Actually, I learned yesterday… Now it is time to move on to the paper kunai.. Speaking of which, does anybody here know to make a kunai??

  20. vijay

    hello

  21. mati

    im hear for the money

  22. Yukimura Sanada142

    lmao… if anybody can teach me, then email me at [email protected]

  23. bob jones

    my big bro threw these at me and they hurt so im gonna get him back

  24. olivia

    hey sasuke if you want I can help you, e-mail me at [email protected] to let me know!

  25. Twitchboy

    doesn’t anyone know where I can find a gourd?

    (Gaara costume)

  26. Neji's Incarnation

    SWEET SHURIKEN!!
    I ALREADY KNEW TO MAKE ONE, BUT ITS SWEET.

    IF SOMEONE KNOWS MORE ORIGAMI WEAPONS OR THROWING STUFF, MAIL ME AT [email protected]

    BY THE WAY, I CAN SEND ORIGAMI CLASSES TO ANYONE, BUT IF I HAVE TIME, SO DONT OVERDO IT. -.-

  27. jax x

    this is a sweat disign

  28. Yukimura Sanada142

    can anybody assist me with how to create a kunai? My email address is listed above ([email protected])

  29. Melanie

    Hey! This is great. :3

    It took me a while, but I finally got the last step. lol.

  30. ineedhelpreallybad!!!

    i dont get step 10-14.
    like how do u cross them over??
    really confuzed and frustrated!!!!

  31. mega_lol

    Hello. I’m just posting this ’cause I’m bored. bye. By the way, cool shuriken. p.s.: I’m horrible with origami

  32. tori

    i can’t belive it finally got this right after about 30 minutes.

  33. Pizza

    If you don’t get this you a a fag!!!!

  34. Shadow

    http://www.origamiaustria.at/diagrams/kunai.pdf
    A website to make a paper origami Kunai!!!!

  35. hinata is HOT

    Does anyone know how to Make That Doughnut thing
    That you push its sides to make it a STAR!

  36. mega_lol

    I did two shurikens. the first one sucked. it undoed itself everytime i throwed it. second one was cool but I destroyed it trying to put a hole in the middle. P.S.: SASUKE SUCKS

  37. Neji's Incarnation

    EVERYONE!!!
    I MADE IT!!
    THE ORIGAMI KUNAI, I MADE IT!
    but it needs some fixing so, its not done yet…

    but it counts as 0-1!

    mail me at [email protected]

  38. cool cat ninja head

    dude i cant do it help!!!!!

  39. MAN!!! these are awsome i’d love to make kunia
    i took one to school and after school i should it to people and they went crazy.

  40. naruto (this is also my RTB name)

    hey jez proboly some people dont have metal to make a shuriken so thats why this person made it with paper

  41. Yukimura Sanada142

    what I meant in my last comment was if anybody could teach me how to make an origami kunai… I learned how to make a paper shuriken… Anyway, email me, [email protected]

  42. Yukimura Sanada142

    Twitchboy, what do you mean by “gaara costume”?

  43. Naruto

    Hey, ok, I got the making of it down, but when I throw it, it goes to the left. How can I improve this?

  44. Juss

    wen i made my shuriken i coodnt throw it rite….so then i put 1 penny on each side of the opening of the blades wich increased the mass….tht advise might be good for new people woo are throwing shurikens

  45. Twitchboy

    I’m dressiong up as Gaara for an anime convention soon.

    (this message was directed to Yukimura Sanada142)

  46. Twitchboy

    P.P.S. make a shuriken out of a cue card. Its hard to make, but they hurt like hell if they hit you!

  47. jedi smiting ninja

    the shuriken is awesome, i have a buesiness at my school where i sell them andd so far ive made $65 they still cant figure out the design >:) i am currently making an advanced origami kunai, ive already made it once but it was flat so it could fly. if anyone has an idea of how to make a “perfect kunai” E-mail me at [email protected] may the force be with…wait i mean …uh… BELIEVE IT!!! XD *throws a rasengan to distract everyone and escapes*

  48. i cant understand step 13 can anybody teach me how to combine this two paper that had 2 points.

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