Double Star Teabag Fold

The Double Star Teabag Fold or Kaleidoscope Origami is quick and easy to make, but really pretty.  I know I’ve posted this one before, but thought you might enjoy it again in a pretty pink.

You will need 8 squares of paper for this.  I used 1-7/8″ squares, though you could use any size depending upon how large you want your finished piece to be.  My finished piece is 2-5/8″ diagonally across.

Begin with the white, or wrong side of one of your squares up.  You want to fold the piece in half diagonally, then unfold it.  Now, with your square aligned like a diamond and the diagonal fold running up and down the center, fold the lower right edge up along that center fold.  Do the same with the lower left edge.

Now, the point at the top that is a single layer, fold down along the top of the folded pieces and unfold.  After that is complete, fold those top two edges down along the center line.

Fold the top point down along the fold line that you made earlier.  Then flip your piece over from left to right and fold the bottom point up so it is even with the two side points.

Do the same with the other seven pieces.  To adhere them together, you will put a small drop of glue on the lower left point and then slide that into the left side of that small folded up point.

 

 

 

 

Do the same all the way around.  Remember to lift the very first one up to slide it into the last piece.

Here is the front of the finished Double Star:

And the back:

You can use either side and each gives you a very different look.  If you had any trouble following along with my instructions, please watch the video below.

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Versatile Star

The Versatile Star is a fun folded project as you can change it up.  This is the basic Versatile Star.

To start, you will need 8 squares of paper.  I used 1-7/8″ squares, but you can use any size squares depending upon how big you want your star to be.

Begin with the wrong side of one of your squares up.  Fold in half, then unfold both vertically and horizontally.  You will wind up with a cross folded through your paper.

Now, you need to turn your square and fold, then unfold diagonally in each direction.

You should now have fold lines in a cross through your square, then between each corner in a cross.  Next you need to take the top left corner and the bottom right corner and fold them to the center point.

Take the upper right corner (that was not folded) and fold each side down along the fold line that goes through the center of the point.  Next you want to fold the whole piece in half along that same diagonal fold line.

Your bottom point is the part that has no other folds.  Take that point and fold it over to the right.  It will be folded along one of your previous creases.  Then take the point you just folded to the right and line that point up with the top of its section, so the corner of the fold you just made.

That section should now look like a triangle.  Take the point you just folded over and fold it in half straight down to the bottom point.  Unfold it, then open that section up.  As it is opening, the top point will go towards the bottom point.  Now smash it down so those two points line up.  It should look like a little square.

Do the same thing with each of your other seven squares.  To attach the pieces, you will lift up the left edge of that little square you made at the end, put a drop of glue, then slide the right edge of the little square on the next piece under it.  You will be lining up the fold that goes diagonally through your little square with the edge of the next piece, so the center points are together.

 

 

 

There are a lot of folds to this one, but it turns out cute and you can change it up, too.  Here is the front of your finished star.

And, the back:

Now, if any of this confused you, here is a video that should help:

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Star Flower Fold

Here is another teabag fold or kaleidoscope origami pattern for you.  This one is called a Star Flower.

You will need eight 1-7/8″ squares (as long as they are square any size is probably fine) and a bone folder is helpful for this one, but not absolutely necessary.

 

 

You will want to start with the white or back side of the square up.  Fold in half diagonally, then unfold and fold in half the other diagonal direction and unfold.  You should now have the white side up with a cross going from corner to corner.

 

 

 

 

 

Fold each corner in to the center.  You will wind up with a square.

 

 

 

 

Fold in half backward along one diagonal (flaps will be on the outside).  You will have a triangle.  Now, fold that triangle in half.  The folded corner should be at the top and the open corner at the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

You will want to pull open the top section.  As you open it, the bottom corner will start to go up to meet the top point.  Now, fold that flat.  You then want to fold the top corner of just the top layer down to the bottom point.  Unfold that.  The crease you just made will help with the next step.

 

 

 

The next step is to fold that top section you just folded down into a rectangle.  To do that, you will pull open the front part of it.  The bone folder helps with this, then pull open the other side while keeping the first side open.  This isn’t easy, but it is possible.  Fold this flat along the center crease you made before.  It should now look like the second image down on the right side of this picture.  Take your piece and flip it over from right to left.  The angled side should be from top center down to left point.  Take the right bottom point and fold it up along the center line.  Now fold the bottom left point up to the top center point along the center line.  It sounds confusing, but you can get it.  If you are really confused, watch the video below.

 

The point that you just folded up, you need to fold in half towards the inside.  I fold it to the bottom point on the outside, then fold it in.  Your first piece is now complete.  Do the same with the other seven pieces.

To attach the pieces, you will put a bit of adhesive on the top of the small section that is left at the bottom left and tuck that behind the piece you just folded.  Do that all the way around and attach the first piece under the fold on the last piece.  You now have a beautiful piece to use however you want.  Here is the finished Star Flower again.

 

If the words were confusing, try watching the video to see what I did.

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Closed 8 Point Star Fold

Here is a new teabag fold for you.  This one is the Closed 8 Point Star.

To start, you will need 4 squares.  For this one I used 2″ squares.  Now, cut each square in half diagonally, so you will wind up with 8 triangles.

You want to lay each triangle with the long side straight across the top.  Then, fold it in half from left to right, so the long side has a fold in the center.  Then, open it back up.  Make sure the right side is up.

Take one side and fold the side point down to the center point.  Repeat on the other side.

Now, the open point with the two folded over points should be at the bottom with the fold at the top.  Take one of those points and fold it to the side, lining up the edges.  Repeat on the opposite side.

Then, flip the piece over so the back side is up.

The single point should be at the bottom with the fold at the top.  (See the top right image.)  Now, fold the edge on the right up along the center fold line.  Then, do the same on the left side.  Flip your piece over and turn it so the folded edges are at the bottom with the long point at the top.

Do the same for all 8 pieces.  To adhere the pieces, put a bit of adhesive on the right side, towards the bottom.  Line the left folded edge along the center line.  Attach each piece in the same manner.  Before attaching the last piece, put a bit of adhesive in the same place on it, so the first piece will adhere to the top of it.

Here is your final piece:  The back is pretty impressive, too: The fun part about this star is that instead of adhering the pieces in this manner, you can flip the pieces and put the long points together in the center.  As you don’t have anything to adhere them to on the next piece, you will have to have a small circle or something to adhere the points to.  It makes for another interesting looking fold.

Try it and see what you think!

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