Origami Icosahedron (Design by Heinz Strobl)

Icosahedron (Design by Heinz Strobl)
Icosahedron (Design by Heinz Strobl)

This model is designed by Heinz Strobl and is really very easy to make. You can use any A4 size paper which is available or Origami paper which is square shaped will also suffice.

What you need:
1. 9 to 10 sheets of paper of 2 contrasting colors
2. A pair of scissors.

To get started:
1. Choose one color (from your set of 10) and cut these into 20 strips of equal measure
2. With the other color, cut these into strips of 30 of equal measure
3. Crease the strips (of both colors) into continuous squares of 6 (i.e. 6 squares out of each).

Remember…
1. The strips you use to ‘connect’ the triangles will be the color which ‘stands out’.
2. The triangles are just about covered with these strips at the completion of your model.
3. Maintain the formation of ‘5 triangles’ connected throughout.

How to make the Icosahedron:
Please click on “Play” on the video, which explains how to go about folding this model.

Traditional Kusudama – “Star Pattern”

Star Shaped Kusudama
Star Shaped Kusudama

This Kusudama model is another popular one that you might have come across on Google and other Origami blogs.

What you need:
– 30 sheets (multi – colored) of origami paper. Wrapping paper can be used here, too. Size of the paper can be 6” to 8” – square shaped.
– The sheets of paper you use can be printed / colored on one side only or on both sides.
– Glue stick (optional)

Please remember:
– You can use glue to stick the flaps together, if you are comfortable with that idea. Else, manual interlocking of the units will work just fine, too.
– If you would prefer the “Star Shape” you see in the midst of the 5 unit interlocking to be plain white in color, start folding your units with the white side of the sheet facing you.

How to fold the unit(s):
Fold each of the 30 sheets in the manner explained in this 2 part video:

Part 1:

Part 2:

How to assemble the units:

– You need to make patterns of 3 units and 5 units repeatedly to get the “globe” look to the model.
– Therefore, first connect 3 units as shown, and then connect 3 more, to give a pattern of a “star” (5 units) and the adjoining 2.

Origami Fish (Goldfish)

This is a model, which will appeal to beginners of Origami. All that it requires, is a printed / patterned square sheet of paper of 6” or so and some patience!

This model is from the book – Origami, by Hideaki Sakata.

How to fold a goldfish:

Please click on “Play” on the YouTube video below in order to view the Origami fish folding instructions.

Decorating Ideas:

1. A ‘Fishy’ Curtain:
– Measure the length of your window or door and cut fine thread, the length of this.
– You can string multiple fish on a thin string by threading their fin ends. Maintain appropriate gaps between the fish on a single string.
– Cut and thread as many thread(s) and fish as would cover a required portion or the entire window or doorway.
– Attach the top ends of these strings (with the fish thread on them) to your curtain rod or simply stick them on the top of the doorframe or pelmet!

2. School Project: An Aquarium
For all the school going kids, here is an idea for you.
– Make as many fish as you would like to fit in your home made artificial aquarium. You can color them in appropriate patters, or use pretty wrapping paper for more variety.
– Take an old shoe box (with it’s cover off). Clean it up nicely with a dust cloth.
– Cut up aquarium “plants” out of green washi paper or any other normal solid colored paper.
– Collect a few pebbles or small stones from outside. If you can, also bring in a little sand. Else, use brown colored paper.
– Take a blue colored paper and line it up (using glue) in the inside of the shoe box (leaving the bottom of the shoe-box paper free).
– For the bottom of your shoe box, use the sand which you got from outside or brown paper and using glue, stick it to the bottom (of the inside) of the shoe box.
– Now its time to stick ur green “aquarium plants” at appropriate places in ur aquarium.
– You can add the little pebbles / stones you have collected too. Place them (use very few of these) around the bottom of the box.
– Using fine string, thread the ends of each of the fish you have folded. You need to measure the length of the string with the width of the shoe box. You can vary the length depending on how you want to place the fish.
– Stick the ends on the inside – top of the shoe box. Else, with a needle, thread the string through the top of the shoe box and tie a knot to the ends which protrude from it.
– You can decorate the outside of your aquarium (the back of it) in case you would prefer it that way.

3. Bookmarks
– You can measure the size of the card as 2″ x 8″ in measurement.
– Stick it at the top of a rectangular piece of card.

4. Other ideas…
– Stick a magnet at the back of a fish and use them as fridge magnets.
– Stick it at the top of your pencils, to use them as pencil toppers.
– To decorate a notice board.

Origami Rabbit (By Hideaki Sakata)

This is a 2-part post of “How to fold an Origami Rabbit“, and is aimed at helping readers to fold this model, by following the steps in a video.

This model is from the book Origami, by Hideaki Sakata

What you need:

A square shaped paper of size 6″ or slightly larger. The size of the paper would invariably depend on the size you would like the final model to be. One can get origami paper which is of varying sizes on Amazon or any craft shop.

Part – 1:

The first part or step in this, would be to fold the ‘Rabbit Base’. The Rabbit Base is used as a ‘precursor’ or base fold to many models such as different type of Birds, Swans and Rabbits as well.

How to fold this Rabbit Base:

I have prepared an ‘easy to follow’ home video on folding the Rabbit Base. Please click on the “Play” button on the video below to view.

Part-2:

The second part details how to go about folding a Rabbit, once you already have the ‘Rabbit Base’ folded.