Posts from the ‘Modular’ Category

Week 14 (Day 03): Valentine’s Day Wreath

Origami Valentine's Day WreathWreaths are great for any occasion and are a sure addition for Valentine’s Day. I found quite a few origami heart wreaths for Valentine’s day and actually thought that I could have a week of heart wreaths! Maybe I will do it next year 🙂

For now, here is a very pretty and elegant wreath, made from 8 heart units. Red and white hearts would look great, I admit, but I wanted to try out another combination. I think this orange and yellow combination looks great too.

The units are not very difficult to make. The are joined together with glue. But looking at how pretty the wreath is, even origami purists would be tempted to give it a go I think!

Origami Wreath UnitsOrigami Details

Model: Valentine’s Day Wreath

Creator: Ayako Kawate

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Tutorial Link: Youtube

No of Modules: 8

Paper Size: 3 inch squares

Origami Heart Wreath in Hearts

Week 14(Day 01): Cube of Love

Origami Love Units

The origami cube of love is a modular cube with a whole bunch of hearts in it! It is made from 6 units, each unit with a heart in the middle. The modules are made from half a square, rectangles in the ratio of 1:2.

The cube makes a great decoration and will make a good gift for a loved one 🙂 What say?

Origami Details:

Model: Cube of Love

Creator: Fumiaki Shingu

Instructions Link: Origami Club

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

No of modules: 6

Paper ratio: Rectangle in 1:2 ratio

Paper size: 2.5 inches by 5 inches

Origami Cube of Love

Little Roses Kusudama

Origami Little Roses Kusudama

The little roses kusudama is a modular origami from 30 units, designed by Maria Sinayskaya.  I have been trying to complete this for quite some time now and finally did complete it.

There are quite a few variations of this kusudama. What I have done is the first of these kusudamas. The modules are quite simple to make. Assembly is like a 30-unit sonobe.

Origami Details:

Model: Little Roses Kusudama

Creator: Maria Sinayskaya

Website: Go Origami!

Instructions Link: Go Origami!

Tutorial Link: Youtube

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Number of modules: 30

Paper Ratio: 1:2

Paper Size: 1.5 inches by 3 inches

Septima Star

Origami Septima Star - 6 modules

The Septima Star is designed by Lukasheva Ekaterina. The star can be made from 5, 6, 7 or 8 units. Depending on the number of units, the star either lies flat or has a 3D structure.

The star looks best when made from 6 units, if the idea is to hang it from a tree. But I think the flaps will have to be glued down, as they tend to pop out. The 8 module one lies flat and should look great if taped to a wall. Foil paper or gold/silver paper would add a lot more cheer to the star!

Origami Details:

Model: Septima Star

Creator: Lukasheva Ekaterina

Website: Kusudama Me!

Instructions Link: Kusudama Me!

Tutorial Link: Youtube

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Number of modules: 5 to 8

Paper Size: 3 inch squares

Origami Septima Star - 8 modules

Ring 25

Origami Ring 25

A great addition for a Christmas tree is an origami wreath, so I dug out Tomoko Fuse’s book ‘Origami Rings and Wreaths’ and tried out yet another of her wreaths.

The picture of the Ring 25, made from tracing paper, in the first few pages of the book was great and I wanted to try it out myself. This is the first time I am working with tracing paper and since the paper is quite delicate, I had to take extra care not to tear it off.. But the ring turned out quite fine.

Unfortunately my main failure was in taking the picture of the completed ring. As you can see, this is one of my very bad photographs 😦 I wanted the light in the back and a clear picture showing the variation in the colour, but haven’t even got close to that! Hopefully I will soon learn how to take such pictures.

In the meanwhile, here are the details of the ring and a picture of the ring without the light variation.

Model: Ring 25

Creator: Tomoko Fuse

Book: Origami Rings and Wreaths

Author: Tomoko Fuse

Difficulty Level: Simple

Number of modules: 16

Paper size: 3 inch squares

Origami Ring 25

Pendant Ornament

Origami Pendant

The origami pendant is a traditional design, which starts from a windmill base. It is quite simple to make and looks best in duo-coloured paper.

A variation to the pendant is to glue the corners of 6 pendants to form a hanging ornament. And since Christmas is fast approaching, I have started my Christmas decorations, starting with this one 🙂

Origami Details:

Model: Pendant

Origin: Traditional

Book: Essential Origami

Authors: Steve and Megumi Biddle

Difficulty Level: Simple

Paper Size: 2 inch square

No of units: 6

Origami Pendant Ornament

Four Star Box

Origami 4 Star Box

The Origami 4-star box is yet another model from Origami Tanteidan Vol 17. There are very few models from the Tanteidan that I can fold, given my inexperience. So I was quite delighted to find this beautiful model and even more pleased that I could fold it!

The box is a modular pattern, 4 modules for the lid and 4 for the base. The lid and base are folded in the same way except (1) the walls of the base are higher than the lid and (2) the spiral of the base is folded into the model so that it isn’t visible at the base.

I found the model interesting to fold in that, usual modular boxes are folded as 2D and in the final step they are converted into 3D. But in this one, the model no longer lies flat from the second step after the precreasing. And of course, the folding the spiral into the base wall was also something new.

Origami Details:

Model: Four Star Box

Creator: Toshikazu Kawasaki

Book: Origami Tanteidan Vol 17

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Number of units: 4 for lid and 4 for base

Paper Size: 5 inch square

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