This shows how to fold and assemble Sonobe Units, a very basic modular origami unit.
Fold and Assemble Origami Sonobe Units
Modular origami is a technique that can be used to build some pretty interesting and impressive models of mathematical objects. In modular origami, you combine multiple units folded from single pieces of paper into more complicated forms. The Sonobe unit is a simple example un ...more
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Math Craft admin Cory Poole provided quite a few recipes for sonobe models in his blog, and I followed one to make the pentakis dodecahedron here. I wasn't that happy with my first result because the colours kept on coming out wrong—i.e. two of the same colour next to each ot ...more
Tux the Linux penguin, made from origami sonobe units. Can anybody figure out how to assemble?
Math Craft Monday : Community Submissions (Plus How to Make a Modular Origami Intersecting Triangles Sculpture)
It's once again Monday, which means it's time to highlight some of the most recent community submissions posted to the Math Craft corkboard. I also thought we'd take a look at building a model that has appeared in numerous posts. It's the simplest of the intersecting plane mod ...more
This modular origami ball requires thirty (30) units. After folding all the pieces, assemble them as shown to make a spiked ball.
This 6 unit modular origami design should look like 3 intersecting diamonds. Fold each piece and then assemble as shown.
Last post, the Sonobe unit was introduced as a way to use multiple copies of a simply folded piece of paper to make geometric objects. In this post, we are going to explore that concept further by making two more geometric models. The first is the truncated icosahedron, which ...more
This is origami, but it's more of a work of art. A perfect 3D mathematical kusudama, which is created by sewing multiple identical pyramidal units together to form a 3D Japanese paper model. It's really addictive! This is an easy kusudama and you can make it in just one day. ...more
Last week Math Craft admin Cory Poole demonstrated how to make three of the platonic solids from Sonobe units: the cube, the octahedron, and the icosohedron; but where was the dodecahedron? I was pushed to find out how to make a sonobe dodecahedron from this beautiful picture ...more
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It's once again Monday, which means it's time to highlight some of the most recent community submissions posted to the Math Craft corkboard. Since two of these posts were on polyhedral versions of M.C. Escher's tessellations, I thought we'd take a look at building a simple tes ...more
Math Craft admin Cory Poole posted instructions on How to Make a Cube, Octahedron & Icosahedron from Sonobe Units, plus some great complex models in his article, How to Make a Truncated Icosahedron, Pentakis Dodecahedron & More. These models use the standard sonobe unit and a ...more
Here are some step by step instructions for how to fold and assemble Yami Yamauchi's origami fireworks. This modular unit uses 12 sheets of paper. A bone folder can be helpful for making creases. After it's completed, this sturdy origami firework can be rotated to reveal a kal ...more
Learn how to make modular origami octahedron with 12 sonobe units. What you need: 12 square pieces of paper with size 9cm x 9cm. Duration: 7 minutes Difficulty: Easy Video: .
Learn how to make modular origami sonobe cube with 6 units video tutorial. What you need: 6 square pieces of paper with different colors Size 9cm x 9cm. Duration: 5 minutes Difficulty: Easy Video: .
Learn how to make Modular Origami Icosahedron from 30 sonobe units. What do you need: 30 square pieces of paper with size 9cm x 9cm. Duration: 11 minutes Difficulty: Medium Video: .
This short animated tutorial will show you how to assemble an origami heart that even the clumsiest butterfingers among us can perfect. Since Valentine's Day is coming up, you best hone your skills at this heart so you can give a few to your amor.
Here's an easy modular ball to fold and assemble with an origami technique.
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Invented by Tom Hull in 2007, here's how to fold a Rhombicuboctahedron, an innovation on the cuboctahedron, out of origami paper. 24 smaller paper units can lock together in a pattern, which if carried through properly, will form a complex geometric shape out of folded paper.
STORM THE CASTLE Webmaster and Writer Will Kalif offers a short tutorial on how to make a origami gift box for beginners. All you need is eight square pieces of paper all exactly the same size. You can pick between four inch, five inch or six inch size paper depending on what ...more
A puzzle origami invented by Piet Hein and diagrammed by Sebastian M. Kirsch. It’s a fun toy to kill time, and takes about 10 minutes to assemble. It’s composed of 7 different pieces made out of strips that look like those in Tetris. You can also make 6 pieces which would make ...more
First of all, we're not going to lie: This butterfly ball origami project is not a simple one to fold. In fact, you should only attempt it if you're an intermediate or advanced origami student. Second, we have no idea why this star-like object is called a butterfly ball (perha ...more
Barbabella shows how to make a modular origami hexagonal box lid with star design. Fold a two-sided square sheet of paper to form a triangle, unfold it and fold it in the opposite direction. Using the guidelines fold the paper on three sides forming a small triangle and leave ...more
This video provides instruction on how to make "buckyballs" (dodecahedron, truncated icosahedron) from "PHiZZ" units. It looks complicated but it is really easy to make. You can fold it from standard square memo pads and do something else at the same time as these PHiZZ units ...more
Last Thursday's post demonstrated how to Make Yin-Yang Pillow boxes, which were based on equilateral triangles and squares. The units for making these boxes were created by Phillip Chapman-Bell, who runs an amazing origami blog and has a spectacular flickr photostream. Using t ...more
Here's a Math Craft project that takes less than 20 minutes, has an attractive, practical result, and is at least a little mind-blowing due to folding along curves. The designer of these boxes is Phillip Chapman-Bell, who runs an amazing origami blog and has a spectacular fli ...more
These boxes are inspired by a comment from Imaatfal Avidya on a corkboard post on Platonic polyhedra from sonobe units. Imaatfal was commenting about how the cube and octahedron are related to each other. "There is something cool and special about the platonic solids—there is ...more
It's Monday, which means once again, it's time to highlight some of the recent community submissions posted to the Math Craft corkboard. In this post, we'll also make a flexagon, which is a type of transformable object. Rachel Mansur of Giveaway Tuesdays posted several pictur ...more
Using only a circle and straight lines, it's possible to create various aesthetic curves that combine both art and mathematics. The geometry behind the concentric circle, ellipse, and cardioid dates back centuries and is easily found in the world around us. From an archery tar ...more
If you've already mastered the crane and the basic origami lucky star, then this five-pointed star is the next logical step to take. Made from a dollar bill, this origami project doesn't even require special materials to assemble. Check out the video to learn how to build thi ...more
You ready for some florigami action? Florigami, as its name implies, is the folding of paper to resemble plants and flowers. In the case of this video, you'll be learning how to assemble an exotically beautiful Christmas cactus. Flowering cactii, unlike traditional flowers, b ...more
This beautiful geometric box, which reminds us of midcentury abstract expressionist paintings, is a wonderful handmade way to showcase a Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart. Take a look at this simple origami video (suitable even for origami folding neophytes) to learn h ...more
This video tutorial teaches you how to make an origami mandala, which looks very much like a many sided star. The tutorial requires 16 pieces of paper. First, it starts out teaching you how to fold a single piece of paper into one of the many sides of the mandala. She provides ...more
Take a paper: we need 60 rectangles (length-width ratio of 6:1) And fold in 4 equal parts. And next we mark this point. And release the folding. And take corner of the paper and fold it diagonal and mark it. And we use this point to make the following diagonal fold. And next r ...more
Kusudama origami is more of a work of art than just plain old paper folding. It's not only crafty, it's mathematical. Japanese kusudama is created by sewing multiple identical pyramidal units together to form a 3D paper model, like this 3D meteoroid. Although there is not ver ...more
Hi, welcome to this origami video! This origami video is a great tutorial on how to make a transforming shuriken(ninja disk). What you need: 2 pieces of paper scissors(optional,easier) PATIENCE This wonderful piece of origami is broken up into units(different parts) so it a ...more
The sprinkler origami is a simple modular paper design, which definitely suits the beginners! Made by Paula Versnick. The modules only need 8 creases and the assembly is really straight forward. You can do as many modules as you want and assemble them differently, the video sh ...more
Learn how to make this Great Stellated Dodecahedron from "Tornillo" units. Speak Spanish? Then check out Paolo Bascetta's accompanying diagram: http://geocities.com/jordimastrullenque/sonobe/tornillo.html#torinstru
These are step-by-step instructions on how to fold a Japanese paper ball (Kusudama). These are very cool origami decorations and can be hung all around the house, and these paper balls are also an excellent decorations or Christmas tree ornaments. This modular origami model re ...more
Use double sided paper, 12-30 parts. Six parts is too small and you can't see the form of the rose. Fold in half. Fold in half again. Fold the bottom tip to the first line and rotate. Repeat with other tip. Do your right side because that's how you attach the units. Be careful ...more
Here are instructions to make an origami tarantula. Detailed visual instructions are on the video that contains a map and images of the origami. You will need 186 black, 83 dark brown, 10 light brown and 3 orange triangles. You'll also need: 8 large black square papers: 3.5 ...more
Here is a short tutorial how to make. In the video below you'll have the map with every triangle on its spot. You'll need 216 white, 109 black and 9 orange triangles and also 2 orange papers for legs: 1.5x4.1 inch , which is equal to 3.7x10.5 cm Tutorial on how to make trian ...more