Introduction: Decorative Origami Ball

Here you will learn to make a cool looking Origami Ball, from 6 squares of paper.

the paper I use is regular printer paper, but foil works really well (and looks cooler).
With this kind of design, smaller is usually better/neater looking -- but too small greats really difficult. My squares are 2 1/8 " on a side, b/c I took an 8 1/2 x 11, made a square and divided it into 16ths.

For more fun, try making a stellated octahedron w/ 16 pieces!!!

These make great holiday decorations, or gifts (I've made a few pair of earrings from foil-made ones).

Step 1: Precreasing

With many modular designs, precreasing takes almost as much time as the real folding, and this is no exception ;-)

Just follow the pictures...

Step 2: Folding a Unit

Once you're done precreasing, you can fold the actual unit.

do this w/ 6 squares of the same size.

Step 3: Assembling the Ball

Now, this part is the hardest, imo -- you may want a small plastic/bone implement to assist if you are making a really small version.

Comments

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musicmixer112 (author)2011-02-23

Just so you know,this is really called a"Japanese Brocade"

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jabapyth (author)musicmixer1122012-07-25

Thanks for letting me know!

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coolo52 (author)2012-02-19

made one with 12 modules, i may post a picture of it

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coolo52 (author)2012-02-18

i love this! 5 stars

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Amortech (author)2010-11-21

And by my request, I mean steps two to three on page two of your instructable.

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Amortech (author)2010-11-18

PLEASE tell me how to get from Step 2 to Step 3!

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ms.goody2shoez (author)2010-03-07

Hey, just wanted to say nice job! I was thinking of gluing these to earring posts or  whatever.  :) You can make them pretty small too... These are beautiful as well as easy to do! :)

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jabapyth (author)ms.goody2shoez2010-03-07

 Thanks! It's always great to know when work is appreciated.
btw. they make *great* earrings =) especially when you use foil-paper (gold or silver, as in the picture. red foil looks great as well).

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robot232 (author)2010-02-10

that is pretty cool for your first instructables  but  there is one thing, i don't get the last step, pic #1

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jabapyth (author)robot2322010-02-10

in the last step, you connect the units together to form the final ball. This done by inserting the point of one perpendicularly into the side of another.

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Rachel Lee (author)2009-09-12

adio: yes i have, within 30 squares right? =)

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adio (author)2009-09-05

have u made this one yet?

origami 002.jpg
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jabapyth (author)adio2009-09-05

Hmm yeah I think I have :) its a good design

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whysoserious123 (author)2009-05-29

thx alot, i didnt understand this one video on how to make this same model, but thanks to you, i managed to make this model. these instructions were easy to follow!

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jabapyth (author)whysoserious1232009-05-30

you're welcome. If you made one, post a pic!

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spectroscopy (author)2009-04-13

i really don't understand how to go from this step to the next picture. And at this point are you using 2 or 3 "squares"?

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jabapyth (author)spectroscopy2009-04-13

the first three pictures are of 2 units being put together, the next two are of 3 units, etc.

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spectroscopy (author)jabapyth2009-04-14

thanks for your quick answer :) I download the Pdf and the information was there!

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inergy (author)2009-04-12

easier when smaller

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inergy (author)2009-04-12

Nice!

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devilwoobie (author)2009-03-26

:( I didn't know I needed more than one sheet of paper u should include that in the "first step" and I was doing soo good

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jabapyth (author)devilwoobie2009-03-29

well...if you read the introduction, it says "from 6 squares of paper"....

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sideshowzimmie (author)2009-02-11

Great instructions! They make wonderful earrings! I just have a question... do you know who designed it? Or perhaps you did?

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theqwerty (author)sideshowzimmie2009-03-22

I believe it is called "Japanese Brocade".

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jabapyth (author)sideshowzimmie2009-02-11

I learned this design from a friend, but I've seen it in various places; I think it's a farily old design. Thanks for your interest

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gotclawz1 (author)2009-01-30

love it, thanks

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sharpobjects (author)2009-01-06

NIFTY!

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ChrysN (author)2008-12-27

Cool ball, great instructions!

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jabapyth (author)ChrysN2008-12-29

thanks, this is my first instructable

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Evan606 (author)jabapyth2008-12-31

Really? You did a great job.