Kaleidocycles are 3D origami objects that transform colors as you turn them inside out. They are easy to make and only require you to print the template, cut, glue, and fold. Once you master the making of kaleidocycles, you can experiment with them by drawing designs and watching them contort your drawings in crazy ways. Ready to begin? Gather a few supplies and you'll be ready to go!
Step 1: Materials
Collect these materials before you start making your kaleidocycle. Find a computer and printer, craft/hobby knife or scissors, and a glue stick. I prefer a hot glue gun, but unfortunately I was out of hot glue sticks, so I used a glue stick. Both work fine, but a glue gun cools faster and is stronger than a glue stick.
Step 2: Print the Template
Now you are ready to begin. First, save the picture below to your files by right clicking on it and pushing save as. You could also try copying and pasting it. Insert it into Microsoft Publisher or some other means by which you can print it. You can resize it, but keep the same increments (example, 2x3" increased to 4x6"). Print the template in color.
Step 3: Cut out the Template
The next step in making your kaleidocycle is to cut out the template. Fine cut on the thick black lines, being cautious not to cut off any glue tabs.
Step 4: Fold the Template
It's time to fold up your template. Fold, crease, and unfold all vertical and diagonal lines. By vertical lines I mean the lines that connect the points of the diamond (refer to the second picture). By diagonal lines I mean the lines separating the different colored diamonds (also refer to the second picture).