Introduction: Trippy Paper

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Easy to make and cool to look at!

Step 1: Layout

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The Amazing Paper

Dimensions For Layout

-Single square 4 and 1/2 inches
-Double square 2 inches
-Quad square 1 inch
-Octo square 1/2 inch
-Middle of single square to be drawn on 5.5 inch line (dead center of paper)


-Blank Paper
-Good Music

Step 2: Fold

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Fold down center line

Step 3: Start Cutting

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Cut along lines

Step 4: Inward Fold

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Now unfold paper and fold newly created flap inside paper

Step 5: Continue Cutting

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Now cut along smaller square lines and repeat inward folding step.

Step 6: Continue Cutting

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Repeat for next square

Step 7: Almost Done

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Repeat cutting and folding step for smaller square

Step 8: Done!

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Straighten out any bad folds and your done. Decorate it, do whatever, do some trippy drugs and paint it cool.

Show me what you do with it.


seiichiro (author)2009-10-23

can we just print out the layouts?

flytape8490 (author)seiichiro2009-11-14

Yeah- that'd be a good idea- maybe someone with CAD or Illustrator could do up an SVG?

I made one..

me.johndoherty made it! (author)2015-01-24

I did one with UV responsive paper. Looks pretty cool. I may just do more of them and stick them together. Will post pix if I do so. :) Thanks for the good idea.

signposts (author)2010-06-27

After making you model from tis instructable i went on to make another similar one. Great work .

InvaderIggy (author)signposts2010-08-19


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mario59 (author)2009-03-31

Some years ago I've downloaded a (free) program that will PRINT almost ANY SHAPE using this tecnique, using your printer and a standard A4 paper to be fold and cut. Very very neat for unusual postards & letters! ciao! Mario

PKTraceur (author)mario592009-04-11

What program? -PKT

dombeef (author)PKTraceur2010-07-08

I think that it is peperkura

inergy (author)2009-04-27

one word template

PKTraceur (author)2009-04-11

Nice! You should try different designs. -PKT

dakellymon (author)2008-11-20

Very cool, I have to try this, thanks.

jman! (author)2008-11-01

mine didnt turn out well :/ oh well i guess its pretty cool

baneat (author)2008-09-08

You could make a template with photoshop or something to improve it and make it easier to carry this instructable out.

Flumpkins (author)2008-04-20

What the heck please? At least please make please a template please before you please make a please instructpleaseable!!! (LOL!!! It says be nice!!!)

Flumpkins (author)2008-04-20

Nvm my other comment didn't go on lol

Flumpkins (author)2008-04-20

Oh, nvm... Lol sorry!!! I apoligize like 20 times

Patrick Pending (author)2007-10-17

Nice effect - would have looked better without the red pen though! Cheers, Pat. Pending

vaxjo (author)Patrick Pending2007-10-17

Presumably you could reverse fold all the creases when you're finished to make it pop out in the other direction.

Marojale (author)vaxjo2007-10-18

If you reversed all the creases, wouldn't it just be a flat piece of paper again?

DavidRobertson (author)Marojale2007-10-18

No because you would reverse the center crease as well.

vaxjo (author)Marojale2007-10-18

Because I'm not at all delaying going to work I decided to whip one of these up to explain myself more clearly. The first picture is the front side, done just as, sigh, Riotstarter_13 describes. The second is the same piece of paper folded backwards: same three-dimensional pattern but without pen marks (you'll notice, and undoubtedly appreciate, the fact that since I was demonstrating the reverse of this Instructable I decided to use pink paper and a black pen). Additionally, I banged out a GIF of the fold pattern for anyone so inclined (just print it out and cut away). Also attached is the source Photoshop file. Finally, since it's a little early in the day for me to be taking "some trippy drugs" I Photoshopped a psychedelic version to look at while I drink my coffee.

Marojale (author)vaxjo2007-10-18

Oh sorry I had something totally different pictured in my head when you said 'pop out the other direction'... Someone should scale this up into stairs or garden architecture...

Riotstarter_13 (author)2007-10-18

vaxjo thats really sick dude

Kiteman (author)2007-10-18

Yay, fractals! Spookily, I designed a template for a kite that looks a lot like this. Maybe I'll post the triangular one instead.

travgag (author)2007-10-17

wicked dude, sure theres lots of possibilitites

Bongmaster (author)2007-10-17

or you can get the 3d paper card software from Tama soft ;)

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