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Create your own nerdy icosahedron with some simple modular origami. Ok, technically it's not "origami" origami because the units are made of rectangle pieces of paper but if you call it origami I won't hold it against you :)

It can take awhile to fold all the units for this little guy but I think the end product is worth it. 

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Step 1: Materials

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To make an icosahedron ornament, gather these things:
-5 sheets of green origami paper
-5 sheets of red origami paper
-5 sheets of gold origami paper
-something to hang the ornament with such as some string, a paperclip, or an ornament hook

I used smaller origami paper that was about 3"x3" and it made a model about the size of a bulb Christmas ornament. 

Step 2: The Paper

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Fold a piece of paper in half, then unfold. Use the crease line as your guide to cut the paper in half. Repeat on the other 14 pieces of paper.

It can be a little tedious but when you get something that looks like the last photo then meet me at the next step. 

Step 3: Folding the Unit

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Phew! Glad you made it, the real fun is about to start. 

Fold the strip in half. Now fold the open end of the flap to meet to folded end as shown in the second picture. Repeat on the reverse side, as picture 3 shows. 

NOTE: To make the colored side (red) show, the units should be folded the same way as the pictures. 

Step 4: Folding the Unit Cont.

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Orient the paper so that the folded edge is on the left side, like a book. pull down the top right corner and line so that the corner points to the crease line you made in the last step. Crease! Fold the crease you just made over to meet the crease on the left side so that you get something that looks like picture 3.

Flip the paper over and make the same two folds on this side. Fold down the upper right corner again so that the corner points to the crease line. Fold this over to meet the edge.

Easy Model to make and very nice hold when put together. I recommend this modular model to any beginner as a first big project.

donuttyhead2 years ago
yeah correct it like forever like it never ends
kelseymh3 years ago
Somebody's got to ask this, so it might as well be me...

Can you make this out of LEGO?

sherrycayheyhey (author)  kelseymh3 years ago
LOL! I'm sure it can be done but I definitely don't have the pieces!
monsterlego3 years ago
Vewy pwetty.
That looks awesome! I love putting together little puzzles and this looks like it would be a lot of fun to put together.
Thanks. I love little puzzles too and I guess assembling these kind be a bit like that haha. You should totally make one and post pictures. I'll be posting more models like this soon :)
I love that you included a video. That is a very fancy ornament. :)
sherrycayheyhey (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thank you much. I try to include videos on all my project and this one was a must because the spinning ornament was so mesmerizing