How to Cut a Perfect 5-Point Star

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Bear, Jacci Howard. "How to Cut a Perfect 5-Point Star." ThoughtCo, Mar. 12, 2017, thoughtco.com/cut-perfect-5-point-star-1078679. Bear, Jacci Howard. (2017, March 12). How to Cut a Perfect 5-Point Star. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/cut-perfect-5-point-star-1078679 Bear, Jacci Howard. "How to Cut a Perfect 5-Point Star." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/cut-perfect-5-point-star-1078679 (accessed September 23, 2017).
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You'll Need a Sheet of Paper and a Pair of Scissors

Paper and Scissors
A perfect 5 point star takes just one snip of the scissors. Diagrams by Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

According to the Betsy Ross and the American Flag story, George Washington originally presented Betsy with a flag design having 6-point stars but she suggested a 5-point star. The flag committee thought those stars were too hard to make, but she convinced them that it was easy to produce a perfect 5-point star with just one snip of the scissors.

Betsy made her stars from cloth, but you can make paper stars from solid color or custom-patterned paper that you print on your desktop printer. Use these 5-point stars for various craft and decorating projects such as 4th of July print projects

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Start With 8.5-Inch by 10-Inch Paper

8.5 x 10 inch paper
Trim an inch from letter size paper to get an 8.5 x 10 inch sheet of paper. Diagrams by Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Start with an 8.5-inch by 10-inch sheet of paper or trim an inch off a letter-size sheet. You can also use other sizes of paper as long as they have the same proportions.

One 8.5-inch by 10-inch sheet of paper produces a single 5-point star that is approximately 7.5 inches across from point to point

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First Fold for 5-Point Star

Fold the paper in half
First, fold paper in half. Diagrams by Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Fold the paper in half to a size of 8.5 by 5 inches with the fold at the top.

For the next several folds, with the paper held "fold at the top" facing you, the upper left corner is A and the upper right corner is B. This can get a little confusing. Don't get in a hurry. After a few times, you'll be able to do it almost without thinking about it.

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Create Horizontal and Vertical Creases

Create creases in folded paper
Crease paper on vertical and horizontal center. Diagrams by Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Fold the folded paper back and forth both horizontally and vertically to create creases that divide the folded paper in quarters, while keeping the 8.5-inch by 10-inch paper folded in half with the fold at the top.

These creases serve as guides for the next fold.

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Second Fold for 5-Point Star

Make Diagonal Fold
Use creases as guidelines when making diagonal fold. Diagrams by Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Fold corner A at the vertical crease down and across diagonally until the corner meets the horizontal crease. Corner A will not meet the edge of the paper.

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Third Fold for 5-Point Star

Fold Corner A Back
Fold corner A back. Diagrams by Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Fold corner A back partially onto itself so that its original top folded edge aligns along the fold created in the previous step.

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Fourth Fold for 5-Point Star

Fourth Fold for 5 Point Star
Fold corner B over and across along previous fold. Diagrams by Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Fold corner B toward you and over and across corner A along the fold made in the previous step.

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Fifth Fold for 5-Point Star

Fifth Fold for 5 Point Star
Fifth and final fold leaves the paper looking something like this. Diagrams by Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Fold Corner B back over itself aligning its original top folded edge with the previous fold. The paper now looks something like an inverted ice cream cone.

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Make One Diagonal Cut

Make One Cut
Vary the angle of the cut to find ideal 5 point star. Diagrams by Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Starting at corner B, make a single angled cut, snipping off a small triangular piece of the folded paper.

Experiment with plain paper to find the angle of cut that produces the ideal 5 point star shape.

The small piece is the star when unfolded.

Don't Waste the Excess Paper

Quite a bit of paper is cut away when you make the star. 

  • Use a plain hole punch or a decorative paper punch (such as one shaped like stars) to make confetti from the leftover edges after cutting out the large star.
  • Run the cut away paper through your personal paper shredder and use the colorful bits for packing gifts and filling baskets

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Ideas for Using Finished Stars

Unfold Star
One 8.5 x 10 inch paper produces a 7.5 inch point-to-point star. Diagrams by Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Unfold the small triangle of paper you've cut to reveal your perfect 5-point star. If it's not quite right, start over making sure you fold carefully and try a different angle of cut.

Smooth out the creases. Use a warm iron to minimize the creasing.

Try These Paper Printing Ideas

  • Print your own designs on paper, changing the pattern placement for several sheets of paper to create different patterns on the finished stars.
  • Place a photo or other image on the page as shown to have it come out in the center of the star.
  • Thin paper is easier to fold and cut than thick paper. When using thick paper, crease carefully and use heavy-duty scissors.
  • Use leftover wrapping paper, paper samples found in some graphic design magazines, old photo calendars and other scraps to create the stars.

Try These Decorating Ideas

  • Glue two stars back to back with a string between them and coming out at the top point. Hang them from the ceiling, Christmas trees or in windows.
  • Scatter stars on a tabletop and cover with a clear tablecloth.
  • Attach a small stick to the bottom of a star (or two stars glued together) and stick it into wreaths or flower arrangements.
  • Use a large star as a party invitation or greeting card. Handwrite a message on the back.

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Bear, Jacci Howard. "How to Cut a Perfect 5-Point Star." ThoughtCo, Mar. 12, 2017, thoughtco.com/cut-perfect-5-point-star-1078679. Bear, Jacci Howard. (2017, March 12). How to Cut a Perfect 5-Point Star. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/cut-perfect-5-point-star-1078679 Bear, Jacci Howard. "How to Cut a Perfect 5-Point Star." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/cut-perfect-5-point-star-1078679 (accessed September 23, 2017).