Making an origami wand is a one way to express your passion for magic and showmanship. Origami is the art of folding single sheets of paper into two- and three-dimensional shapes. Scissors and other tools are also sometimes used to help craft the design. Historically, origami was a formal art that accompanied the presentation of important documents, according to the Origami Resource Center. In modern times, origami remains an ideal weekend or after-school activity. Once your wand is complete, use it to put on a magic show or a presentation for friends or family.
Measure and cut a 1/4-inch-by-11-inch strip from your sheet of paper. Measure and cut a 2-inch-by-11-inch strip from the same sheet of paper. Keep the two strips and discard the rest of the paper.
Position one end of the 1/4-inch strip perpendicular to the top of the straw. Tape the end of the strip down to the straw. Twist the strip at a downward angle around the straw to mirror the image of a candy cane. Cut off any extraneous paper and tape the end of the strip at the bottom of the straw.
Place the 2-inch strip on a flat surface. Turn the paper so one of the 2-inch bottom edges faces you. Fold the bottom edge upwards 1/2 inch. Crease the fold. Fold the bottom edge underneath the paper 1/2 inch. Crease the fold. Repeat the folding pattern throughout the rest of the strip until the paper resembles an accordion.
Pinch the accordion together so you are holding one 1/2-inch-by-2-inch block of paper. Cut a downward 15 degree angle from the top-right corner of the block. Discard the small block of cut paper. Unfold the pinched accordion block to resemble a three-dimensional, star-like shape.
Tape the far right strip to one of the sides at the top of the straw. Repeat for the right side. Tie a piece of ribbon into a bow at the base of the star.
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