Introduction: Diamond Window Cube (Modular Origami)

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Follow these steps to make your very own Diamond Window Cube.

I'm not sure about the origin of these types of cubes (please share if you do) or their real name. I've seen many variations of this but they all involve really weird folding to show the white side of the paper. I figured out how to do what I assume is the classic version of these and they turned out really cute. 

I've included pictures of each step for folding the model and also numbered them according to the text I wrote so it should be clear how to make some of these for yourself. I've also labeled the pieces for the assembly step and hopefully that helps too. Happy folding! 

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

To make a cube you will need 12 pieces of square paper. 

Step 2: The Unit

Picture of The Unit

1. Fold in half then unfold. 

2. Fold the top and bottom edge in to meet the middle crease.

3. Fold the top and bottom edge in to meet the middle crease again. 

4. Flip the model over.

5. Fold down the top right corner, lining up with the edge.

6. Turn the model around 180 degrees. 

7. Fold down what is now the top right corner, lining it up with the edge. 

8. Flip the model over.

9. This fold is a little weird but you want to fold a diagonal line from one of the folded corners to the other (see picture caption).

10. Unfold the folded corner and re-fold to line up with the diagonal fold you just made. 

11. Turn the model around 180 degrees and unfold and re-fold the top right corner again. 

12. Make 12 of these models. 

Step 3: Assembly

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Start by holding Piece 1 in your hand and inserting Piece 2 into it as shown in the first picture. 

Insert Piece 3 into Piece 2, as shown. 

Now insert the top part of Piece 1 into the side of Piece 3 to form a triangular point. 

Continue connecting pieces like this until all 12 units are used and a cube is formed. 


If you make a lot of small ones like I did you can use a need and thread to string them and hang as decoration :)

Comments

Sparklerella (author)2016-11-02

this was fun :)

RonG58 made it! (author)2016-08-15

Nice. the end was a bit tricky

BạchD3 (author)2016-08-02

DIY How To Make Origami Diamond - How to Make a Paper Diamond

Full video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3ubt-NyCSQ

inspecter gadget (author)2016-03-20

Cool! nice modular origami - it's a good variation of a similar construction I have used for a long while. I used to make polyhedra forms - then I stumbled upon modular origami forms which I found fascinating as I already had a passion for paper folding. It's cool what you can make from a single piece of paper, it's mind expanding what you can do with several pieces........:-D

inspecter gadget (author)2016-03-20

Cool! nice modular origami - it's a good variation of a similar construction I have used for a long while. I used to make polyhedra forms - then I stumbled upon modular origami forms which I found fascinating as I already had a passion for paper folding. It's cool what you can make from a single piece of paper, it's mind expanding what you can do with several pieces........:-D

ashu_k made it! (author)2015-11-20

I made it a while back and really loved it! I have now made a couple of interlocked cubes and my friends really love it! Thanks for the tutorial! :D

jonathanyoung made it! (author)2015-09-23

Someone took this and made a ring of 12 of them. I've made my own version of his and got what you see below (the white one)!

You're actually listed as his inspiration for the project in the video description:

adelehg made it! (author)2015-02-03

I made one, But I made some glue :p

Thanks a lot, it is really a cute origami cube.

Enriquethefieldmouse (author)2013-03-26

Cool.

soulboy64 (author)2013-03-17

I made a rainbow chain out of these... took a while

Pics or it didn't happen!

jessyho862013 (author)2012-11-15

is nice but i made one too

Jayefuu (author)2012-10-22

I made three of these last night. The first 2 were good fun :p

sherrycayheyhey (author)Jayefuu2012-10-23

The first two were fun? What about the third?! :)

Jayefuu (author)sherrycayheyhey2012-10-25

The assembly stages were all fun, but preparing the 12 pieces for each got a bit dull the third time. It'd be a great thing to do on public transport though :D

DavidNZ (author)2012-10-09

that was fun to make :3 and pretty clear instructions as well.

fncll (author)2012-10-05

FYI: this model is the "Lewis Simon-Bennett Arnstein Cube with Windows" and can be found in _The Beginner's Book of Modular Origami Polyhedra: The Platonic Solids_ by Rona Gurkewitz and Bennett Arnstein...

sherrycayheyhey (author)fncll2012-10-05

Cool! A quick google search of that helped me find a copy of this book here and it looks like the thing I made is described as "Modular Cube" on page 25. They used a half piece (2x1) instead of full as I did. 
The diagrams look intimidating at first but I might try to make a few other things showed in the book. 

fncll (author)sherrycayheyhey2012-10-05

I have to think that's a pirated version of the book... but you can also see enough of this diagram to build the decorative cube in the Google Book preview version: http://clinki.es/go/OG

The diagrams are definitely not always the clearest, but you'll probably be amazed how quickly you can pick them up. I love and hate some of the diagrams and models :)

bloodyflail (author)2012-10-01

You can make these out of American dollar bills. They make very nice gifts!

ilpug (author)bloodyflail2012-10-01

Be a bit tougher because it's not a square paper.

bloodyflail (author)ilpug2012-10-03

instead of folding the edges into eights, one would fold the dollar bill into fourths in order to get a "w" shape. The rest of the instructions are the same.

ilpug (author)bloodyflail2012-10-03

Oh, I see. I have no origami skills, so i didn't figure it :P

sherrycayheyhey (author)ilpug2012-10-04

Very interesting. I just tried it that way and the way making a square and the dimensions are different but I think it might work. I don't have enough dollars around to assemble a full cube though. Folding a dollar bill like this is not something I would recommend since there are a lot of layers to fold through and it makes getting a clean fold nearly impossible. Some things that do work well with dollar bills are: $tars and $8 Flying Disc.

fncll (author)sherrycayheyhey2012-10-05

This actually works really well with crisp bills. As the above commenter noted, you simply fold into fourths instead of eighths, so there aren't that many layers. This (rectangle) is actually the starting shape that Bennett Arnstein used when he created this module!

sherrycayheyhey (author)fncll2012-10-05

But dollar bills are a different material than origami paper and when folding that many layers it's hard to make crisp folds and keep everything nice looking.

fncll (author)sherrycayheyhey2012-10-05

Dollar Folding is a whole, popular field of origami! Crisp bills are definitely needed (many of us buy those bills from the bank) but since starting with a rectangle you have half as many folds, which is easily enough to handle, and the creases are great.

What's amazing is how complex dollar folds can be. See, for instance, the famous Won Park "Dollar Koi" folded from a single dollar: http://www.flickr.com/photos/providencedailydose/3993205550/

Don't be discouraged from trying it!

tleet59 (author)2012-10-04

That was fun!

sherrycayheyhey (author)tleet592012-10-05

Look at that! Great job, thanks for sharing :)

ScottyAlmanjoy (author)2012-10-05

Blasphemy. Origami is to be made from one piece of paper and one piece of paper only.

aarrnnoo (author)ScottyAlmanjoy2012-10-05

it seems that you are not a true "origaminist", let me explain: other than origami, you also have "modular origami"= a number of the same folded paper en put together. There is also "D-origami for example, made out of sometimes 1000 of the same triangular pieces, origami isn't just one thing, there are some sub devisions :)

sherrycayheyhey (author)aarrnnoo2012-10-05

Yep! Note that it's "modular origami" and not just origami. This is also sometimes called unit origami.

sitearm (author)2012-10-04

@herrycayheyhey; Hi! 3-D Origami very cool, and tweeted. Cheers! : ) Site

desgarvey (author)2012-10-01

great fun! thanks for the instructable

Awesome! But why are you showing us that plug instead of the cube haha

just rockin the cube another way :D

Pixie Puddle (author)2012-10-01

hmmm wonder if my paper skills can stretch to this and if i did manage it how long before my kids flaten it, i think they are really sweet tho so might give it a bash. cheers :)

The folds aren't too difficult, try with squares measuring about 3".

Sarah the FingerPuppet (author)2012-10-01

Can't wait to do this! Although school work is kinda delaying it :(

jibatsu (author)2012-09-05

These looked awesome so i gave one a go. about 5cm^3 i found this quite fiddly, i can't imagine what a small one must be like!

sherrycayheyhey (author)jibatsu2012-09-07

It looks to me like you did fine, it's awesome! It can be a little "fiddly" since any small errors will affect the connection but most people won't notice.

jibatsu (author)sherrycayheyhey2012-09-07

you're right, these cubes are just too awesome! i gave your PHiZZ ball a go too, i think that went ok but now i'm trying to make a smaller version of that and it's not too easy!

jessyho862013 (author)2012-09-03

they are so cool! :)

benderbrasil (author)2012-08-24

very cool

SGT. Desert (author)2012-08-24

sweet

mikeasaurus (author)2012-08-24

I like the multi-coloured cube the best, but solid colours stacked to make letters would be neat too!

jessyratfink (author)2012-08-23

They're so cute! :D

Thanks!

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