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This project began when my brother sent me a link with the accompanied message, "your next task." Intrigued, I clicked on said link and was instantly captivated.

Challenge accepted, brother.

The design was inspired by a birthday present I made a while back for a friend. It involved moving cubes made from sonobe units, and I felt sure that the concept could be carried over. As you can clearly tell, the concept did work, although my version is not nearly as streamlined and precise; the light weight of my paper blocks prevents the blocks from falling nicely into neat rows or collapsing into neat shapes. Anyhow, I finished and am quite content with the result.

See below for a video of the transformations.

Step 1: Materials

  • origami paper
  • glue
Omg 240 units I am going to die <br>
<p>This is indeed a hard project, but perservere! It gets easier as you get the hang of it; 240 units pass by fairly quickly when you're watching your favorite TV show or something. </p>
I'm finally starting on it<br>-------warning--------<br>Do NOT make the squares into .75 inch squares<br>You will be frustrated and your mom will tell you to have a timeout from it
Also I'm 11
<p>Me too. I'm working on it. </p>
Years old<br>
<p>Haha yes, starting with small units will be very annoying and difficult. Props to you for trying it! </p>
<p>its actually not that bad. just do it watching tv or something</p>
<p>Okay, im super excited about this project, and i have already made most of the pieces, but im having trouble figuring out which tabs should stick out of the cubes to connect with the others, if that makes sense. </p>
<p>Hello; I addressed that problem in lazileven's comment below. Check that out, and hope it helps! </p>
<p>It took a lot of time, a lot of paper and a lot of folding but I did it!</p>
<p>Wha-- great job! Lovely color combinations; looks great! </p>
I cannot understand how to connect the units please help
<p>Hello! Perhaps this video will help? <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FkCWqYOTn6c" width="500"></iframe></p><p>It's mainly slipping the triangular flaps into the little triangular pockets along the sides of the cube. Hope this helps! </p>
I understand how to make a basic cube with sonobe units but now how to leave flaps open and what t o connect instead etc
<p>Hmm.. my best advice is to place two cubes side by side (fully made, no glue) and pull flaps out to try connecting them. If it doesn't work, just push the flap back in its pocket and try another tab; try different combinations until you've got it. Hope this helps! </p>
<p>Folding the cube.</p><p>I need clearer pictures....maybe with a color other than white....</p>
<p>So sorry, but I don't have the time to remake this tutorial with other colors. :( I do see your point though, and will keep that in mind in the future. You could try looking up tutorials for just the sonobe cube if that might help? </p>
And here I am having ABSOLUTELY no idea how to fold the cubes correctly because of the way the tutorial looks... And i have all of the cubes, WRONGLY FOLDED... -.-
<p>What step are you referring to in &quot;here&quot;? Ahh.. I'm sorry that this is difficult. :( Practice really helps though; my first few cubes were incorrect as well. If you want an easier yet similar project to help practice, try this: <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GzY3LHZ9b8U" width="500"></iframe></p><p>Hope this helps! </p>
<p>Looks Hard!</p>
<p>It can be difficult, but I promise it's worth a shot! I'd say it's easier than it looks...</p>
<p>Woah, is this second cube the same cube at a different angle.....or what??</p>
<p>Hello! Not sure which cube you're referring to, but yes, some cubes are the same but in a different angle because of the different cubes they need to connect to. </p>
<p>SO EPIC!!!!</p>
<p>Thanks! :3</p>
<p>many many Congratulatiosn friends :)</p>
<p>Thank you for your comment! ^^</p>
<p>this is hard!</p>
I am an origami master but I think that this is a hard task
Figured it out lol took me a minute but I did it!
<p>OH GOD GOOD JOB! It looks absolutely gorgeous! I'm so glad you got around to solving your problem yourself; I was going to type up a longwinded response but didn't have time :/ . Again, looks great! </p><p>P.S. Check your inbox; I left you a little gift. ;) </p>
<p>oh my gosh... 240.. ill try it..</p>
<p>240 units passes by much quicker than you'd think. ;) </p>
<p>The part where I am having an issue is making the cube with three flaps in the right orientation....with the missing flap and the mess up in the picture steps I am down right confused and it isnt working at all ...can you upload a video on how to instruct just one cube on youtube and link it to here please please, I made all the units but can not get the cubes right!</p>
<strong><u><em>IT DOES NOT WORK!!!!!</em></u></strong>
<p><strong><em>AHHH</em></strong> what doesn't work? Perhaps your orientation is incorrect (see my caps lock message above); the pictures should provide a pretty good idea of what your connection should look like. If what you have isn't connecting, try rotating and attempting to connect until it works. If this isn't your problem, could you provide pictures and a more clear description of what's troubling you? </p>
<p>well now i do not know how to connect this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p><p>i am trying this now</p>
<p>THIS IS HARD</p>
<p>Ah, indeed this can be tricky. Anything in particular that I may be able help you with? </p>
<p>Nice Documentation and idea</p>
Thank you! Indeed; taking all these pictures and providing accompanying instructions for each (they all look alike after a while...) took quite some time.
<p>Thank you so much for your instructions! I made it with bigger square pieces (I don't think I can manage such small pieces the way you did!) and will be giving it to a good friend as a birthday present. Thanks again!</p>
<p>Yay no problem! Glad to hear this. :3</p>
<p>I made it, but out of LEGO, </p><p><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/1brick/15535681576/" rel="nofollow">https://www.flickr.com/photos/1brick/15535681576/</a></p><p>this was super fun! </p>
<p>WOW! It looks awesome; great job! </p>
<p>I was right! congratulations on winning the Grand Prize! ( I told you so :-))</p>
<p>Thank you, Shazni! Congratulations on your win for the Pi Day Contest! </p>
<p>Congrats on winning grand prize! </p>
<p>Thanks, Emily! Congrats on your win too.</p>

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