Origami Star of Sadness

origami star

You can learn how to make this cute origami star by following the tutorial on minnamayblog.com. The instructions are simple, the pictures are great, and the steps are clearly labeled, yet even Minna herself cations at the beginning of the post that making the stars look really good takes some practice.

Come on now, it’s folded paper! What could go wrong?

paper star fail

Well, shut my mouth! According to reader Alyssa, even if you follow the directions exactly you can still end up with this result – a deflated, lop-sided Origami Star of Sadness. I guess some more practice might be in order, after all.

origami star - nailed it

For more funny, come visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where her attempts at being a star mostly fall flat, too.

7 Responses to Origami Star of Sadness

  1. F Saunders says:

    Oh oh oh these do take some practice! You need to remember not to flatten the paper too much before you pinch. Like, you’re not creasing the folded edge of the paper strips, you’re just wrapping it around the “knot”. And! don’t make the strips too too long, nor too too short. I think I made like 50 stars before I could make them well consistently.

    Don’t be discouraged!

  2. Minna So says:

    haha i love it! thanks for trying out my tutorial (:

  3. Stephynee says:

    the easiest way i found to get perfectly shaped origami stars is to use either thin plastic ribbons or any type of paper with a very shiny surface. that way the stars don’t get crushed when you pinch the corners. it kinda helps if you don’t pull the stars too taut when you are wrapping the stars. but practice really does make perfect. good luck next time!!

  4. Sydney says:

    I used to make these a lot. They turn out a lot better if they’re wrapped really loose.

  5. Jenny says:

    These actually just take a bit of practice. I once folded 1200 of them for centerpieces for my future mom-in-law’s wedding. I still grab a stack of the papers and fold some now and again just as mindless stress relief. Don’t give up on them! :)

  6. katie says:

    I’m actually QUITE good at making these. They do take practice, and the right amount of thickness/length of paper folding. I disagree about wrapping loosely. I wrap them tight and I’ll maybe get one out of 10 that look bad.

  7. anon says:

    They are super easy to make, but you should use thinner paper. The A4 type for printing doesn’t work well unless you use very short strips. Some asian bookstores sell the “proper” paper for folding these, which are thinner and patterned.

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