Introduction: Origami Egg

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This instructable will teach you how to turn 96 triangles into an egg. Just to warn you, this instructable is very tedious and will take a lot of time, but its result will be very rewarding.

Step 1: Materials

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  • 96 equilateral paper triangles!!! (for egg)
  • 12 triangles (for stand) (optional)


  • Scissors (optional)l
  • Glue (optional but recommended)


  • Patience, and lots of it.
  • Time, at least 5 daysweeksmonthsyearsdecadescenturiesmillenia hours

Step 2: Getting the Triangles

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Now, this may be the hardest part of this ible, getting 96 paper triangles but there are several options of doing so...

  • Buying a bunch of paper triangles
  • Printing/ Drawing out 96 paper triangles and cutting them out
  • Using this ible, though it will take a very long time.
  • Using a die cut (what I did)
  • Using a laser cutter (an option for those at HQ)
  • Some other random things that are impossible.

If you pick the second and third choices (which are the most convenient yet tedious) you have a very long way ahead of you. Once you are done getting the triangles go to the next step.

Step 3: Making the Units

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The egg in this instructable requires 48 units that look like the ones below, the next few steps will show you how to make them. First, though, you have to divide the triangles up, one will be subunit A and the other will be subunit B.

Step 4: Subunit A

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Subunit A is a triangular pyramid with the colored side out.

First, create mountain folds that go from each corner to the center of the opposite side. Just fold from corner to corner on all of the corners.

Then, push the centers of all of the sides in and try to get a pyramid shape.

Step 5: Subunit B

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Now to make the second subunit, just make subunit A with white on the outside. Then lay it on the table and push down on the tip to invert it to make subunit B.

Step 6: Making the Unit

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Now take subunit B and place it over subunit A and fold subunit B's corners under subunit A, make sure you tightly fold the corners over the edge of subunit A.

Now make all 48 of these units and then go to the next step.

Step 7: A Square

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Start by making a square out of 4 of the units.

Step 8: One More Layer

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Add one more unit to each of the corners of the square.

Step 9: Finish Off the Hexagons

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Add one unit to each of the exposed branches (there are 8), then connect adjacent pieces to create 4 hexagons that match up with the sides of the square.

Step 10: Create Pentagons

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Add some more units to the new exposed corners (8 again) and connect adjacent ones again to create 4 pentagons and some more exposed edges.

Step 11: Half Way There

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So now you are halfway done with the egg. Think abouth how much you have done with this egg and decide is it worth it. If you say yes, you have two options.

  • Go back to step 7 and create another half egg and stick them together.

To connect two halves, just simply rotate one half 45 degrees and match up the branches.

  • Continue on through step 14

If you do that you will just continue on working up the egg.

The choice is yours.

Step 12: More Hexagons

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Now just repeat what we have been doing the last few steps, just add units onto the exposed branches and link adjacent units, and this time it will make more hexagons.

Step 13: A Few More Hexagons

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Add units to exposed branches again, more hexagons.

Step 14: The Last Few Pentagons

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This is where things get harder. Now take 4 units and use them to cap the four pentagons. The next step will be the hardest in the building part of this ible.

Step 15: Cap It Off With Another Square.

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This will be the hardest step and this is the reason why I gave you the option of making the two halves and them placing them together. In this step you can either make a square and then attach it to the top or add pieces to the top one by one. Your egg will most likely partially fall apart but do not worry it is easy to fix.

Step 16: The Finished Egg

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Congratulations, you have finished the egg. Be proud, you have patience and determination. Now the question is, what to do with this egg? You could use glue when assembling the units and joining them together to make it more permanent and you could give it to someone you like or use it as a centerpiece at your table. You could also assemble many different shapes using this unit and make some sort of mobile that you could hang in your room. It could also be used as a Christmas ornament or if you make the pieces the right size, each side of the triangle is around 17/22 inches, you could make it so that a chicken egg could fit snugly inside it.

These next few steps are optional and are just additions to/ variations of the egg.

Step 17: Base

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To make a base, simply take six units (12 triangles) and make a hexagon out of them. The exposed teeth will keep the egg from falling.

Step 18: My Challenge

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My challenge for all of you who make this egg is to make this egg with six colors of paper with 16 triangles of each color and to make the egg so that no hexagon/pentagon/square has two of the same color in it. I challenge all of you to do this.

Also anyone who can make an egg will have their egg featured in this step.


smileys (author)2009-04-03

Nice ible n8. I made a simpler one than yours and it is 1 1/2 feet tall and I stuck a vase in it. Also if you look at it from another angle than the one in the pic it looks bigger on the ends as where in the pic it is bigger in the middle.

spectacular (author)smileys2011-04-19

Thats awesome, it looks like the flowers are growing out of the egg :)

MarzipanCrisis (author)2010-07-29

I made one! I did 2 inch triangles and it was a lot of work! I didnt use glue and it was really easy to make! Thanks! ^^

Scififemale (author)2010-04-03

I made it! tried to make it without glue but it got too annoying so glued it in the end.

PKTraceur (author)2009-06-20

Do you have a PDF for triangles? 1 inch per side, maybe?

Scififemale (author)PKTraceur2010-04-01
This site has all sorts of graph ptf printables for free and you can make them what ever size you want.  I have just printd the triangle graph onto shocking pink paper and will be trying this egg tonight.

arby220 (author)2010-03-06

A tip I learned after making my 23rd triangle: don't actually make them individually. It goes much faster if you use one triangle as a guide and put 2 or 3 squares behind it and cut them all out. This helped me a LOT, especially since I decided to make my squares 1x1 cm.

Obelisk1101 (author)2008-12-17

Great instructable! I was bored at work today and needed something to do. I made one with white paper and suspended a blue post-it crane in the middle with a paperclip. Check it out:

n8man (author)Obelisk11012008-12-17

Wow, looks great. Will add pic to the instructable soon

Hiyadudez (author)n8man2010-01-22


Sunbanks (author)2008-12-22

That took me so long to make.
But I did it! It's kind of a funny shape though...
I'm so amazed I didn't rip it to pieces or set it on fire.

PKTraceur (author)Sunbanks2009-06-20

That is kickin'!!!! -PKT

Sunbanks (author)PKTraceur2009-06-20

Haha thanks :D I wish you luck on yours.

n8man (author)Sunbanks2008-12-22

Great Job!!! Well the funny shape is caused by a different geometric pattern... It does look very cool though. What happened, by the looks of it, is that the squares that you have along the sides should not be there, and they should be hexagons and also the hexagons next to it should be pentagons. But the best part of it is that you actually had the patience (or time, or both) to able to cut out the triangles, make the units, and make something out of it. The first time that I tried to make this I almost went insane trying to put the pieces in the right shape. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Sunbanks (author)n8man2008-12-22

If I make another one I think I'll try to make it look more normal XD It definitely helped that I cut out the triangles last night and folded some of the units and then today I folded the rest and actually built it. If I had tried to make it all in one night I think I would have gotten really frustrated with it and just shoved it all in the computer desk drawer...

Evan606 (author)Sunbanks2008-12-30

I made one of these the normal way and it ended up to be a sphere. I like the idea of using something other than square paper.

IHeartOrigami (author)2009-05-06

very good for Easter! lol. I'm very impressed with your work.

rookie1 (author)2009-03-09

Really great. I'm very impressed.

acetomato (author)2009-03-06

i do origami alll the time but that looks cool look up omega star if you like this

igetpaid (author)2009-01-30

how big do the triangles have to be?

n8man (author)igetpaid2009-01-30

The triangles can be made from any size of square paper, the bigger the square, the bigger the triangle.

igetpaid (author)n8man2009-01-31

k thanks

n8man (author)igetpaid2009-01-31

Sorry, I thought this was a comment on another instructable, the ideal size for the triangles is between 1/2 inches and 3 inches for each size, sorry for the mix-up

naruto4567 (author)n8man2009-02-27

do they actually have to be that size or can they be different sizes????

naruto4567 (author)2009-02-20

WOOOOAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dude I have to say that u r amazing man!!!!!great job.

Radioactv Biohazard (author)2009-01-24

GorrillazMiko would love this.

bkreed (author)2008-12-29

Wow, that's really cool, N8!

Sparrowhawk (author)2008-12-21

This is great, I've just made a coloured one but with a bird inside like Obelisk1101's :) I'll be having nightmares about triangles for weeks though... Btw your challenge is impossible - how can you have six colours and each colour in a hexagon be different?!

n8man (author)Sparrowhawk2008-12-21

There is a way to do the challenge because I have seen an egg like that, but I do not remember how to make it.

Sparrowhawk (author)n8man2008-12-21

I dunno... six colours, six units, and none of them the same? It can't be done. Maybe you mean no two colours touching?

n8man (author)Sparrowhawk2008-12-21

yes it can, later I will try to prove it

GorillazMiko (author)2008-12-19

Cool. Eggs. +5/5.

n8man (author)GorillazMiko2008-12-19

Yay, you are back, why did your parents cut off your internet

Keith-Kid (author)2008-12-16


n8man (author)Keith-Kid2008-12-16
Now keith, settle down, TPTB will feature this if they really like it. but if you really want them to feature this, send them a pm? "hint hint nudge nudge"
KentsOkay (author)2008-12-15


Keith-Kid (author)2008-12-15
n8, I am EXTREMELY impressed! I absolutely love this ible!

A few suggestions:

  • Should there be a specific size for the triangles?
  • You should demonstrate different methods of obtaining the triangles
  • Personally, I buy some paper squares, usually available at 200 for $5, which is perfect for origami

I gave this a 5 and I favorited it!

n8, keep representing! ROCK ON!
n8man (author)Keith-Kid2008-12-15

Thanks KK now for your suggestions.<br/><br/><ul class="curly"><li>1 I am not sure, this is only my third or fourth egg, I think the Ideal size is between 1/2 inch and 3 inches for each size. With bigger sizes the hole between the subunits is too big so the pieces do not hold eachother and with the smaller ones it gets very hard to link the units.</li><li>2 Could you explain what you are trying to say.</li><li>3 That is basically option number 3 but I did forget to recommend real origami paper.</li></ul>

Keith-Kid (author)n8man2008-12-15

I'm gonna make one! I simply MUST! I'll post it when I make it! N8, this deserves to be featured!!!

=SMART= (author)2008-12-15

Woah !! this is soo cool !!
Its so detailed !!
This should definitely be featured :D
5* !

Berkin (author)2008-12-15

Sweet! If I may make a suggestion, you should find a way to close up all the holes so it looks more egg-like.

Cartermarquis (author)2008-12-15

Very nice. I especially like how the color changes. Very clean and neat too!

gmjhowe (author)2008-12-15

Nice work! you've done a great job here.

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