Computer with printer. Adjust the size of the crease pattern to as large as can fit on a regular sheet of paper.
Paper with the crease pattern printed on it. I recommend card stock or canson paper. Just make sure the paper doesn't split when you fold it.
Straight edge. I'm using a protractor for its straight edge.
Glue or stapler
Either a pen or something you can trace with (I don't recommend a utility knife, although a dull butter knife might work)
Side note: The file for the image is not the original viacad file which is cleaner. If you would like the file in viacad or adobe illustrator you can send me note with your email and I will send it. Otherwise just print the pic as large as you can on
By the way sticking an led in it and letting it glow it becomes a pretty nifty light.
TO GO GREEN...This design works well with political handouts that can fill your mailbox at this time of year. Also you can use any thicker material that is already printed on rather than throw it out and put them over led light strings for a custom and green decoration.
Notes I should've added in the beginning: Yes I did create this on my own inspired by a traditional origami model. If you like doing this sortof thing I have a bunch of other crease patterns at http://cedison.wordpress.com/2009/04/09/computer-aided-origami-candy-boxes/ but they are nondirectional creasepatterns and no instructions like here.
Step 1: Materials Shot
Step 2: Image of Cp
Step 3: Image Save in Word
Step 4: Scoring
Step 5: Cut Out on Black Lines
Step 6: Creasing the Diagonal Lines
Step 7: What It Looks Like
Step 8: Creasing the Other Side
Step 9: With All the Creases
Step 10: Glue or Staple
Step 11: Glued Side View
Step 12: Collapse 1
Pinch the edge and fold over on the pre-existing crease, while keeping that in place do the next one and the next till it collapses in a star shape. Look at the next to pics to see the progression.