Fold and Assemble Origami Sonobe Units

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (11/23 - 11/29)

WonderHowTo is made up niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone enjoys th ...more

How To : Fold a Pentakis Dodecahedron

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

How To : Fold a hollow 3D Sonobe kusudama

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

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (12/21 - 12/27)

WonderHowTo is made up niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. This week: A holiday-themed cell phone photogr ...more

How To : Make a Sonobe Jasmine Dodecahedron

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

How To : Origami a colorful paper firework

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

How To : Fold a very easy origami heart for Valentine's Day

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.

How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (11/16 - 11/22)

WonderHowTo is made up niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. Hacking, crafting, mining & more… just another ...more

How To : Origami a paper rhombicuboctahedron

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.

How To : Easily make a paper gift box

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

How To : Fold a soma cube

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

How To : Fold a modular origami butterfly ball

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

How To : Make an origami gift box lid

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

How To : Origami Buckminster Fuller molecule balls

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

How To : Make Yin-Yang Modular Polyhedra

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

How To : Make Yin-Yang Pillow Boxes

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

How To : Make Nested Cube and Octahedron Boxes

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

How To : Fold open-centered origami stars from dollar bills

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

How To : Fold a festive origami Christmas cactus

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

How To : Fold a square gift box with floral ornament

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

How To : Fold an origami mandala design

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

How To : Make a "SSMaRT" dodecahedron with illusory sphere

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

How To : Fold a 3D origami kusudama meteoroid

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

How To : Fold a transforming shuriken ninja star

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

How To : Fold an origami sprinkler

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

How To : Origami the great stellated dodecahedron

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

How To : Origami a Japanese paper ball (Kusudama)

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

How To : Fold a portion of a 3D origami kusudama rose

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

How To : Make 3D Origami Tarantula

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

How To : Make 3D Origami Stork

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

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