Introduction: Color Origami Ball

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I'm going to show you how to make color origami ball. Actually it's not really a ball but it looks like a ball to me and because I don't know its real name I call it ball.

I made more pictures to show you how to make it. I think they will be enough for you to understand everything!

Good luck!

Step 1: Materials

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Before you start you must know that this is a lot of work and you need to be patient. It's going to take a lot of time!

You need:
- 5 sheets of paper A4 from one color ( I choose pink it'll be "outside color")
- 10 sheets of paper A4 from another color ( I choose blue it'll be "inside color")
- a pencil
- glue
- a ruler
- scissors
- and a small sheet of paper with measurement 9 cm x 9 cm ( if you don't have you can make it)

Step 2: Cuting the Parts

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Take one sheet of paper ( it doesn't matter the color) and outline the small sheet (9x9 cm I'll call it white square). You must make 6 squares like the white square on one sheet.
In this way make all the other sheets and then cut them. When you finish you must have 30 sheets from the outside color and 60 - from the inside color.

Step 3: Folding the Module

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Look at the pictures. I hope you understand everything because my explanations are not very good.

When you finish with the folding module you must have 2 pockets and 2 insertions.

Make all the sheets in that way. This is the part that you'll need a lot of time. You have to fold 90 sheets.

I made a video on how to fold it. I'm sorry for the low quality. i made it with my phone.

Step 4: Glueing

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This is a tricky part. Be careful!!!

Step 1. Fist of all we'll make one of the points of our ball. Take 5 sheets from the inside color ( blue) and glue them like this (see the first 6 pictures). Put some glue on the insertion and put it in the pocket.
Make 6 like this! Let's call them "little stars".

Step 2. Then take 5 sheets from the outside color (pink) and glue them with one blue "little star" (see pictures 7 and 8). This will be "star".
Then connect the 5 blue "little stars" with the "star" (see pictures 9-13)

Step 3. Then take 5 pink sheets and connect the blue "little stars" together. When you connecting them carefully try to close the stars. And when you finish you'll have half of our ball. (see pictures 14-18)

Step 4. Then add pink sheets on every corner of the "little stars" which don't have one. You must glue 2 pink sheets on every "little star".( see pictures 19-24)

Step 5. When you finish you'll have one half from the ball and you have to make the other one. Make it with the same way but without step 4 (you won't have pink sheet left).see picture 25

Step 6. When you're ready you have to connect the two halfs.

Step 7. This is easy just glue the left pink sheets from the first half with the blue sheets on the second half. Glue to the same way. see pictures 26-30

Step 5: Done!

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Well that's it!

After the glue dry you can open and close the ball. It's nice in the two ways!

Enjoy your new origami ball !!!


eliana013 (author)2015-06-10

lindos colores

sbeaulieu3 (author)2014-12-14

is there a way to assemble it without glue?

slu6alka (author)sbeaulieu32014-12-15

Mmm no...well I think tape would do the trick.

CrayfishYAY made it! (author)2014-02-02

King of origami!!!! The ball of spikes!!!!

yoyayo2004 (author)2013-12-19

you have done a GREAT job, THANX

CJR2115 (author)2013-07-22

This is not origami because you are cutting and gluing

DUO0037 (author)CJR21152013-09-19

It's not origami but it's Kiragami which includes cutting and gluing.

DUO0037 (author)2013-09-19

That is sooo fun!

Random306 (author)2013-08-11

Thank you for distributing the instructions.
Good luck on future projects.

slu6alka (author)Random3062013-08-11

Thank you!

Ewamboye (author)2012-10-19

The PDF file is either not available of the Download button/link is faulty. Kindly advise

Sero013 (author)2012-08-21

why cant i download the pdf file?? please help. thnx :D

slu6alka (author)Sero0132012-08-21

I don't know. Ask site's administrator :)

aarrnnoo (author)2012-06-23

people are still looking at this ;)
very good instructable, for the gluing part, it very easy if you use both a video and this instructable, it makes it very easy

slu6alka (author)aarrnnoo2012-06-23

Thank you for your comment :)

adymikey (author)2012-02-25

This is an AWESOME tutorial. But I don't have that much paper, and if you mess up, you technically have to get more paper. But this is so cool! I want one

Nightmear0333 (author)2012-02-09


schoonovermr (author)2011-12-24

mine looks great until i connected the 2 halves together. there are gaping holes in it and it kinda collpases when you close it...

speedracer425 (author)2011-11-27

I am watching your video right now. Also, can someone make a zenmagnets instructable? Here is the link to get them :

NOTE: Watch the video at the bottom

brainiac120 (author)2011-09-26

You obviously have almost no life.That is not an insult, I mean you have WAY too much time. I do too; I made a cut origami owl that takes up over 100 units.
Took me about 1 1/2 weeks :3

musicmixer112 (author)2010-08-31

can this be made without glue

slu6alka (author)musicmixer1122010-09-01

You can use tape as well, but it's better with glue.

legolord96 (author)slu6alka2011-01-05

I think what musicmixer112 meant was, can it be made purely from paper without needing to be stuck together with anything but friction.

slu6alka (author)legolord962011-01-06

I don't think so...I don't thing of anything that can replase the glue.

Cookie.E (author)slu6alka2011-09-07

Hey, do you use card board or normal copy paper thickness color paper?

slu6alka (author)Cookie.E2011-09-07

Normal paper :P If you use cardboard it can be too hard to fold :) Recently I made one with sticky notes. It turned out great and I skipped step number 2.

superhung (author)musicmixer1122011-04-10

Yes, but it would be EXTREMELY hard

aruablade (author)2011-06-05

how long does it takes to make it

slu6alka (author)aruablade2011-06-05

Depends on how fast you fold. Usually it takes about 5 hours for me to make one :)

Cookie.E (author)slu6alka2011-09-07

WOW!!!! FIVE HOURS!!! You must have a lot of spare time! Congrats!! Thanks for showing us this!

aruablade (author)slu6alka2011-06-06

I am horrible at glueing, so i will probably mess up many times.

baky4 (author)2011-07-13


jbend (author)2011-06-14

would it work if i use 4.5cm by 4.5cm paper. please answer!!!!

luc.dof1 (author)jbend2011-06-25

i used 4.5cm by 4.5cm paper too and it's very hard, the folds are small. Good luck if you try

slu6alka (author)jbend2011-06-14

yeah why not...but I suppose it would be harder to fold...anyway you can still try ;)

jbend (author)slu6alka2011-06-19

thank you

jbend (author)slu6alka2011-06-14

once I am done i will post a pic

Mr. Potato Head (author)2011-05-20

If you're using glue, you're not making origami...

inergy (author)2011-05-12

these make great gifts!

inergy (author)2010-12-22

good instructable. made one making another

slu6alka (author)inergy2010-12-23

Thanks :)

inergy (author)slu6alka2011-05-12

And now another :D

vcamacho (author)2011-04-15

i did it for 3 days but the other on i tried to do it w/o glue EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

superhung (author)2011-04-10

How big would the ball be if i use 10.5 by 10.5 cm paper

slu6alka (author)superhung2011-04-10

I can't tell you exactly how big it would be. When I use 9 by 9 cm squares the height of the ball is about 14 cm. I hope that will help you.

fredutsending (author)2011-02-17

i ve searched this for a long time . i m making it now . i m so happy. ilove origami soooo much

legolord96 (author)2011-01-05

It may be just me, but this reminds me somewhat of a 'bit' from the original Tron...

jaredarm (author)2010-10-09

Hey thanks so much for the tutorial. I enjoyed building it.
Here is a video of it finished.

slu6alka (author)jaredarm2010-10-09

Good job! I like it especially the colors :D

musicmixer112 (author)2010-08-31

can i use copy paper?its a slighty different size than A4

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