Introduction: Jackson Cube (EASY! Beginner Unit Origami)

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The Jackson Cube is really easy to make, great for beginners!  Most of the steps will be in the pictures.

Things you will need:

6 pieces of paper (2 of one color, another 2 of a different color, and 2 more of a different color)


Step 1: Choose Your Paper!

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Ok, follow the picture closely. If you are having problems or questions, please ask in the comments, or send me a message and i will try to answer them as quickly as possible. :D

Step 2: Starting to Fold Your Pieces!

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Step 3: Folding...

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Step 4: Folding...

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Step 5: Folding...

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Step 6: All of Your Finished Pieces!

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Step 7: Constructing Your Cube!

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Now lets start constructing the cube!

Step 8: Putting It All Together...

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This may be a little difficult, if you have any Q's or comments please send me a message or comment!

Step 9: FINISHED!!!

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All finished! Please post pictures of your finished Jackson Cube!


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It's cool

It's cool

estrella55 (author)2013-06-09

any size square paper?

innovationcreation (author)2012-03-11

This last week at the local high school math/science night open house, a lady from Conner Prairie (Indianapolis historical and education place) shared how to make a Jackson Cube using as material the several hundreds of Indy Mini Maker Fair announcement cards (about the size of business cards) she had left over from Sept 2011.

Today, at a local playground, my sons found scattered about a bunch of math flash cards. We picked them all up and built a multi unit cube. The large size and paper stock of the cards made it easy to assemble the eight cubes into a large cube.

spark master (author)2011-01-28

Origami is 1 piece of paper and no cutting gluing. I like this I do, but I do origami boexes and this isn't it. And very pretty paper as well

mechcem (author)spark master2011-01-28

Modular Origami is accepted world wide as "real origami", It has been around as long as single sheet folding, and actualy the majority of  box patterns are modular. The artist Tomoko Fuse has some good one 

spark master (author)mechcem2011-01-29

I guess, I had an old Japanese guy tirade at me in Central Park years back explaining how it is 1 piece of paper and no cuts/glues/staples. That would make it Chinese. I waited and waited and said, well Japanese people are really just a branch of the Chinese who moved off the mainland , and they took many customs and arts/sciences from China including Origami. Boy did he spew then, quite billious. But every reference I have seen says the old man was right. You can make a sea of waves that line up on a table to be a sea, and put a boat in the middle. but if you use multiple pieces of paper for each wave, paperfolding it IS, origami, it is NOT.

As a kid I carved the man who taught me kept telling me and my friends you must only use 1 knife never a tool kit that is the beauty of the thing (he was from Cuba), married into a very Irish clan in Brooklyn. Eventually I tired of it. I stopped carving for about 20 years, so sad. I now carve and have a few dozen knives, as well as multi blade handle sets (1 handle interchangable blades). The effect is different I can do more.

If Michelangelo could have bought air powered hammers he would and he still would have been great. So go for it show us more cus I gave up on Origami years ago to silly with one sheet. I did it to keep kids happy in MD waiting rooms and once had 6-8 kids all sitting quietely (from a screaming horde of 5-8 yrd olds) making boxes and swans. One frazzled adult said, "they should pay you to come in on bad days to do this, I have never seen this room quiet". There is a gent from Soth America with a Spanish sir name that did a whole book of really nice pieces. If I can find it at the library I will post back for you. I did the spider

have a great day try carving as well as this.

You are a very good writer.

kodysaysjump (author)2011-04-14

nice guide

MiltReynolds (author)2011-01-29

Well done! The photos were spot on...clear, helpful. Good choice of paper, good pacing of the shots. A winner in my book!

nlueth0913 (author)MiltReynolds2011-02-11

THANK YOU! I love how popular my instructable is, and how fast it was picked up, and featured! Thank you all for your comments! I also love how people are fighting over the fact whether or not this is origami... I'm most likely going to ignore the people who are like "This is NOT origami!" not trying to be mean, but i am sure this is origami. If you think not, try asking Robert Lang, and many other origami experts..... Well THANK YOU! EVERYONE! :D

happyjo (author)2011-02-11

Nice job! It just looks so awesome! :D

Kuck (author)2011-01-27

Why does "loading..." appear on the photo for each step? Nothing happens and the steps are not described either. Some of us need a little more detail!

nlueth0913 (author)Kuck2011-02-11

Thank you for telling me this! I will try to diagnose this problem, and i will work on more detail in the instructable.... Thanks

laxap (author)Kuck2011-01-27

What you describe seems to be a syndrome of "slow Internet": the pictures take time to arrive, and meanwhile the "loading..." message is shown.

This can be caused by much traffic on the Internet, or/and server very loaded hence very slow to respond to you.

The best is to try later.

daniel19 (author)2011-01-28


GBK (author)2011-01-28

Nice one. I gave to my 82 years old mother and she did a swel job. Bharath Kumar

tigerbomb8 (author)2011-01-25

nice guide
but not Origami

star folder (author)tigerbomb82011-01-27

Yes, it is origami by definition, one sheet, no cuts, no glue, and see this link

quantumkittty (author)tigerbomb82011-01-26

nah, it's origami. origami just means "folded paper". it doesnt involve any cutting of paper so it isn't kirigami or anything else :D

ShirCraftalot (author)2011-01-25

so lovely !!! I have a special affection with boxes, and this really is a special one !
Thanks for sharing :-D

CrLz (author)2011-01-23

Nice, good start on origami gift boxes too.

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