Make a five-pointed star by folding a piece of construction paper a few times and then making one cut. This type of 5-pointed star was made by Betsy Ross (or more likely, Francis Hopkinson, a tailor and a signer of the Declaration of Independence), for the first flag of the United States of America.
- A piece of paper
- A pencil
Fold a piece of paper in half (an 8 1/2 inch by 10 inch rectangle will work - just cut off the lower inch of a piece of standard typing paper). Write the letters “A”, “B”, “C” and “M” on it as shown in the picture. “A” and “C” are the edges along the fold. “M” is the mid-point of “A” and “C”; “B” is the vertical mid-point of the folded paper.
Fold corner “A” to point “B.” Mark the newly-formed corner “D.”
Fold corner “C” over the paper edge running from “B” to “D” (along the dotted line).
Make another fold along the dotted line D-C.
Cut the paper along a line from a point near one edge to a point about halfway to the point “D” (the dotted line illustrated on the left).
Unfold the paper and you will have a star.