5 Point Star from paper
We all love stars and it’s easy to make a 5 pointed star from paper with just one simple cut. It’s one of those satisfying hacks that produce a pleasing result.
It’s a challenge to draw a 5 pointed star and even more of a challenge to draw one accurately. So this is one of those times when its actually easier to craft a 5 point star from paper rather than attempt to draw it.
Grab your A4 piece of paper and follow the video below.
How do you make a 5 pointed star with one cut?
How do you make a 5 point star out of wood?
The video below demonstrates an easy way to make a 5 pointed star with wooden sticks. I’ve used lengths of cut willow here but would work with crafts sticks or straws too. It’s an easy craft demonstrating how to make a five point star from wooden sticks all joined together as a pentagon, as oppose to a woodworking project.
This activity is one that features in the Seeing Fives in Nature Ebook.
The Five point star and the Pentagon are connected in this way. When you see one you can begin to spot the other too. This happens lots in nature.
The 5 point star in nature
5 pointed stars appear in nature. The primrose is welcome in early summer and the purple vinca flower presents us with a star and a pentagon at its centre. The star leads us on a journey of regeneration as it travels from the sepals of bud, to the blossom, through the fruit and finally to the seeds of the apple.
The 5 pointed star in nature also appears in the marine life of Starfish, urchins and echinoids. On all scales we can shape hunt for stars in the natural world.
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How to draw a star: easy steps
I said before it is a challenge to draw a 5 point star. The easy version I’ve laid out below. Follow the steps from left to right. All you need is to start with 5 equally spaced points around a circle. Follow the steps below from left to right. With one pencil line you move between alternate points until you arrive back at the first one.
You can draw them it one fluid motion without taking the pencil from the paper. I love the stars that kids make with this one move, they get so much energy into them!.
How do you make a perfect 5 pointed star? advanced steps
Following the one cut method used earlier to make a star, it will only be as accurate and perfect as your folding skills allow. Making a perfect 5 pointed star using a compass is quite a skill, it is one of the more complicated 2D shapes to construct and has a few processes to it to find the correct locator points. There are several popular methods which have varying degrees of accuracy. BBC bitesize have a simple to follow tutorial.
How do you make a perfect star without a compass? 2 methods
Drawing geometric shapes without the use of a compass or measuring angles doesn’t have to be as challenging as you might think.
Method 1: Clock face
Rather than use a drawing compass, we need someway to space 5 points equally around a circle. Using a clock face provides an easy way to do this. Like navigation systems we can use the seconds to locate the degrees we need to plot our points.
Starting at the top of the clock – 0 secs-
- first point at 12 secs which is 72 degrees
- second at 24 secs is 144 degrees
- third at 36 secs 216 degrees
- fourth 48 secs 288 degrees
- and the last point returns to the first at 60 secs, the full 360 degrees
Using the easy line drawing method detailed above to join these points on the clock face. We can make a perfect 5 pointed star without a compass.
Method 2: using the Golden Ratio
How to make a 5 Pointed Star using the Golden Section
The 5 pointed star holds within it the golden ratio. It is the most special quality of this star and why it attracts so much 5 star magic mystery through the ages. By using the Fibonacci numbers we can access a quick route to establish this ratio and use it to draw a 5 point star without the use of a compass. see video below.
Any handicraft methods to create or draw stars will always have some level of imperfection in them, as do the 5 point stars we see in nature. But these imperfections are why we love nature so much. If it had a mathematical level of correctness it would be slightly unreal. Embrace your imperfections!
5 Point star in the Orbit of Venus
Did you know there is also a 5 pointed star in the celestial stars? The path of planet Venus when viewed from the Earth perspective casts a beautiful 5 point star in the heavens. You can plot it yourself here, plotting the Orbit of Venus.
the Five pointed star stitch
We’ve made 5 pointed stars with paper, wooden sticks, a pencil and now thread. It is as easy to stitch the Five pointed star as it is to draw it. The added bonus with this stitch is that you also create a pentagon at the same time. Like the wooden sticks activity it demonstrates the interconnectedness of the pentagon and pentagram.
Stitch Upon a Star – Embroidery Kit.
Thread the 5 point star onto the face of a flower. Includes all the materials and instructions to understand the fivefold symmetry in the natural world and stitch your own star onto the face of a flower.
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We have folded and cut, drawn, plotted and threaded the 5 pointed star. and we have caught a glimpse of it as it appear in nature. We’ve discovered the relationship between the pentagon and the Pentagram, the 5 pointed star. We have also begun to understand the golden ratio and how it fits into the 5 pointed star. Such a superstar!
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