Step 3: Squaring our rectangles

Now that we have 8 rectangles of the same size we need to square it.

To do it, fold one corner to the other side of the rectangle. It should look like the one in the photo (if you want nice results, try to do it exactly), then turn it over and fold the remaining paper to make a crease and cut it out carefully.
&nbsp;What is hard about this people? Just click on the pictures and use your BRAIN to do a little thing called <em>critical thinking. </em>Sure the written part doesn't spoon feed it to you, but it's still a great instructable.&nbsp;
LOL. You sound like my 3-D design teacher. &lt;3
I lost mine...<br />
now i need a paper cristmas tree to go with the paper decoration
Drake, check out <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/12/have_yourself_a.php">http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/12/have_yourself_a.php</a><br/>for your paper christmas tree!<br/>
a magazine with the pages folded down individually makes a great tree but too small for the balls
Check out the hard cover book tree.&nbsp; Maybe a super large book like an atlas would work !&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; : )<br />
use last years wrapping paper.also make a wreath with the balls for the one who gave you the gift that the paper was wrapped in.or even a ball from that paper
I aman active tap dancing&nbsp;80 and a free lance craft designer for craft magazines since 1976.&nbsp; I love these &quot;flowers&quot; but can't figure out how on earth to attach five of them to make a ball???&nbsp; Anyone out there that can explain?&nbsp; Crafting with Claire
These are addictive! I made two for teacher's gifts and they were a huge hit! Thank you for the tutorial!<br />
I've added an extra step which shows the making process on video. You can watch it on step 10. Hope it helps those who are frustrated trying to understand the photos. <br />
I love this!! yesterday i was looking at these kind of ornaments in google and today i finally know how to do them :3 thank you so much!!<br /> <br /> Just one question.. are you from Hermosillo? 'cause of the magazine XD i've seen it here XD<br /> <br /> Anyway... Beautiful ornament! :D<br />
Thank you. I'm from Mexico City<br />
Step 7, I was cruising...transition to step 8, I crashed...seems like a small critical step or explanation&nbsp;is missing.&nbsp; Fun to fiddle with, but I am stuck.&nbsp; I'll hang onto my many scraps of magazine page and look forward to a bit more info!
The video is uploading. Once it is ready, I'll add it to the instructable. Hope it helps.<br />
Very cool looking. I wonder if you could electroplate the finished product so it would be more durable. Like this instructable:<br /> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Electroforming-an-Iris-Seed-Pod/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Electroforming-an-Iris-Seed-Pod/</a><br />
I'm surprised and happy that my instructable became popular after a half and a year I published it&nbsp; ^_^ <br /> <br /> I'll make a video to help those who have trouble understanding the photos. <br />
This is really confusing!&nbsp;I am only 11 and&nbsp;I have to make a present for my friend by tomorrow!! Any suggestions??
I had a few head-scratching moments as well, but I always have that when trying to do any type of origami-related activity.&nbsp; But once I got one down, I flew threw the rest of them!&nbsp; This is a really fun project, and the results are so pretty!&nbsp; Christmas-present extravaganza!<br />
so pretty, going to give these a go!<br />
&nbsp;yeah, perhaps its my frustration, but I can't seem to make sense of this 0_0 &nbsp; &nbsp;
Great pictures! I'm pretty decent at origami, but I'm a very visual learner and I made one of your ornaments--and the pictures enabled me to understand this one. I just wish I started folding the squares from the other side since most of the pretty side is hidden and only peeking out from the &quot;windows&quot;. I will try to upload a picture soon! I think I may make more, but the first one took a couple hours (and I was doing other stuff also). But--great job! Makes a cute ornament and a good gift.
very easy!!! love it!!! i'm making it for my tree :)&nbsp;
daaa waaaaaaaa???????? you have a good ball there man but you just made my brain hurt. instructions tooooo hard
Click on the smaller images below on step eight. you will find the second part to that step illustrated. I took me a moment to find too!
its like you skip a step between 8 and 9
About how long does it take to make the ornament? Did you do a whole tree of these ornaments or just a few? I'd love to see a picture of these on your tree.
It took me an hour to make my first one...I timed it, it took about 00:05:18 to make one side, but that was after I had it memorized and pretty fast. Time consuming, but pretty to look at!
I had muchly fun making these for my little tree arrangement. Here they are!
and now... add LEDs!!!!
I agree with fingers. I just cant figure out step 8.
This is great. I do a similar thing my mom used to do with all our holiday cards. I'll add an image (after the recycled batteries charge again for my camera!), and maybe a 'structable soon. Pretty easy to figure out though, not really rocket science. Although if you're not geometrically inclined you could have a problem determining the three fold lines.
Hello Can you please tell me how to make the paper ornament ball? Thank You Toad33
Why not just sink-fold one of the triangles into the module and join it with the triangle of another? It would be a little more difficult, but it would save you the hassle of sitting there waiting for the glue to dry.
i added a small star to the centre of each medallion :-)
that looks so good. I'M SO CONFUSED! Why can't I do it!?
Just glue some stars to the center of the module.
This part has me so confused. I can not seem to get it to look like this no matter how hard I am trying. I am really aggravated so i'm just going to come back later.
This makes me long for Christmas! I can't wait to get our <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.christmascentral.com/content/pages/artificial-christmas-trees-main">Artificial Christmas Trees</a>Artificial Christmas Trees out and start decorating! Thanks for reminding me that Christmas is almost here!<br/>
I love these! I used to do them all the time. They're great for decorations. I have not done them for a while since I found another type that you don't have to glue, but it's much more complex. This one looks complex, but in reality it is easy to do.
Got it. Here's the pic, y'all!
I love the idea of recycling old Christmas Cards and scraps of paper, using colorful magazines etc... to create these. I got stuck on step Number 8 -- it took me a long time to figure it out, and it was only because of the pictures... so excellent job on the photos!! I used pages from a catalogue, and used a bone folder and a toothpick to help me make the smaller folds as the project got smaller. To put the string on for an ornament, I use "Zots" (tm) clear adhesive dots 3-D -- I find that the "Ultra" variety are super sticky, large and easy to use. Putting on some kind of acrylic spray would help these perhaps not be as fragile...? Thanks for posting this... I love it!! :D
I had fun with this until I got to step eight..after an hour of trying I have given up..seems like instructions could be better with more details for those who have never done this..thank you
Thank you soooo much for this how-to!! It is incredible! I love origami but I usually get frustrated, even with "easy" stuff. But this, although really intricate, is not that difficult; and it is so beautiful! Thank you, it's the perfect little gift.
This is a great idea. The instructable is a bit confusing, because there are so many folds. I was completely lost on step 3 when it said "fold into eight rectangles" and the picture showed four. And then it said "cut" and I couldn't figure out what to cut for the life of me. The title helped there, because I hadn't quite caught on we were making rectangles.I also sat there dumbfounded every time it said "see photos". In the end, I think I figured it out, though I've yet to try it. I would suggest that you add more instructions in place of the "look at photos", as it does tend to get a little confusing. I do like it, though. A lot.
Thank you for your comments, when I finished it yesterday I thought &quot;Hope is clear enough to be understood&quot; but you are right, it's confusing. <br/><br/>I'm going to rewrite some parts to make it clearer. However your comments will be much appreciated to correct it because my native language is Spanish, so my English grammar and vocabulary are not as good as I'd like. Furthermore, this is the first time I try to explain how to make origami (if it is hard for me to explain it in Spanish, just imagine the challenge that is to me explaining it in English, but I love challenges, so here I am <sup>_</sup>)<br/>
Hi, This is the first Instructable I've seen and I think it's wonderful. I can't wait to try it. But even more amazing than your idea is that you provided it in English when Spanish is your first language! Trying to explain three dimensional objects and actions using words is hard enough in our first language, but to be able to do it in a second language is awesome to me. Espero que yo podria hacerlo, pero that's just about all the Spanish I know. !Saludos!
Good job! It's much easier to understand -- <em>thank you</em> very much! =)<br/><br/>The grammar problems are extremely minor and easy to look over. Since your native language is Spanish, no one expects it to be perfect!! And besides, I can now follow this looking just at the pictures. You did a <strong>great</strong> job with them!<br/>
I just finished the changes. I made it more schematic so I think is easy to understand now, let me know what you think
Mmm... arrows.

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