I’ve always been a fan of paper-folding crafts, and modular origami has been a boon to someone with fidgety hands, like myself. Before I learned how to knit and crochet, you could find me sitting in the corner at a party with a stack of non-sticky post-it notes (yes, they do exist. Proof.) and folding to my heart’s content.
As a public librarian, this hobby translates REALLY well to a programming opportunity. Origami is for paper-folders of all levels and ages, and so I made a kit and instructions to teach you how to make a modular origami ball. If you want to get technical, it’s called an icosahedron, made from 30 sonobe units. That’s not too important though, if all you want to do is make a cool spiky ball without using any tape or glue.
With that being said, let’s begin!
- – 30 sheets of square paper (I’ve used this paper for my kits and really enjoyed the quality and size of the paper, but really, any square thin paper will do.)
- – About an hour or two of time
- – and, most importantly, patience.
NOTE: If you just scrolled through the page to see how involved this was, and you’re totally put off by the conglomerate of pictures, never fear! There’s a video tutorial that will walk you through these steps!
Part 1: Folding the units
** Make 30 units total (yes, you really need to do this 29 more times)**
Part 2: Assembling the ball
Phew, you made it! Or perhaps you’ve made it to the assembly bit and you’re stuck on how the darned thing fits together. I gotchu. If you missed it earlier and you prefer video tutorials, I got your back – you can check out the tutorial HERE.
If you loved this craft and are itching to try out some more origami ideas, don’t leave just yet! The great thing about modular origami is that the unit you learned how to make for the 30-piece ball can be used for other shapes!
As you can see above, there are quite a few variations you can explore. I won’t show you how to put them together, but the process is very similar to the above assembly. Here are some hints for how many pieces each of the shapes pictured above requires:
- – Pyramid/3-D triangle (3 units)
- – Cube (6 units)
- – Conjoined cubes (9 units)
- – 12-unit ball (clusters of 4 triangles instead of 5 like the 30-unit ball)