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Amazing Firecrackers (Design by Yami Yamauchi)

Amazing Firecrackers (Design by Yami Yamauchi)

by Ancella on November 15, 2008

in Human forms and Objects

Completed Model

Completed Model

These pretty firecrackers are made from solid colored Origami papers. One can use any sized square sheets of origami paper, but you should remember that larger the size, the bigger the model and smaller the size, the more difficult to fold!

Origami Base:

The firecracker uses a “waterbomb” base with a little twist to it.

What you need:

You require 12 sheets of origami paper, preferably 6 different colors and therefore 2 of each.

Here’s the way to fold the model:

This video on YouTube by Sara Adams, provides very detailed steps and explanations as to how to go about folding this model.

A different pattern

A different pattern


One just requires a little patience in folding this intriguing model. This is especially when you come to connecting the 2 ends of the row of house shaped pieces you have. You have to be careful in folding the ends so as to not tear any piece.

However, you will find a few of the “connecting folds” opening up as you try and connect the 2 ends. Please tuck these folds in as you try and complete the model.

I have uploaded a couple of pics of the model I folded. Each of these are of a different view of the firecracker, after I turned it inside-out.

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Adam March 14, 2009 at 2:59 AM

this is a great piece, I loved folding everybit of it.

Ancella March 14, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Thats great to hear!! 🙂

Amanda November 1, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Hi Ancella!
I’ve been folding these for my friends at work (they’re very popular), but I’m wondering how you have the orange, red and yellow showing on one side and the green, purple and blue on the other? The ones above really look amazing.

Also as a tip to everyone else, I used Marigami’s video and when she joins them she inserts the triangle part of the inside module into the internal pocket of the outside module before the other two pockets slide over. If you look into a module you’ll see the pocket I mean. I think this makes the structure more stable and would be easier to join.


Ancella November 2, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Hi Amanda!
Firstly, thanks a lot for sharing the folding tip…this little ‘tucking in’ action of the triangle tip will help a lot when connecting all the pieces together!
About the order of the color, if I remember correctly, I started out with red, yellow, orange and then blue, green and finally purple. I followed the instructional video (which I have linked to in my post) and that’s how I got the color order / formation. One one side you will get 3 shades interconnected (like you see red, yellow and orange in the pic). When you twist the firecracker i.e. turn the center portion out – towards you, that’s when you get the other 3 colors prominent i.e. the blue, green and purple. So, for each of the images you see in my post, I have ‘twisted’ or ‘turned’ the firecracker to get the color variation.

I hope this helps! Do let me know 🙂

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