# Unit Origami

This is a really sweet type of origami that doesn't require the intricate folding that nobody can understand.

What you'll need:
12 sheets of origami paper

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## Step 1: Building

Now the first step making this type of origami is to make the first unit!

1. Start with a single piece of origami paper with the color side facing down and fold it in half.

2. Next, unfold that. Then bring up the paper edge to the crease just you made in step 1 and fold that down.

3. Rotate the paper 180 degrees and repeat step 2 with the paper edge.

4. Rotate that by 90 degrees so you're looking at something like a cupboard. Open the left side door of "the cabinet" and fold up the bottom right corner up to the crease of the opened left side.

5. Undo the right triangle you made in step 4 and close up the left side of the cabinet.

6. Then rotate this by 180 degrees and open up the new left side. Then repeat step four by folding up the right hand bottom corner up to the crease of the left door to the cabinet.

7. Now instead of undoing this fold as you did before, you want to simply close up the left door of the cabinet with the right triangle still folded up inside of it.

8. Now this is probable one of the hardest steps in making this type of origami so bear with me :)   Start out by lifting up the top right hand corner's "door" as far as it will go without undoing the folds. Then take the whole top left hand corner and tuck it underneath the right top flap. You want to keep pushing it in until it forms a triangle, the same as the one perpendicular to it.

9. Now take the whole shape flip it upside down and proceed to fold the white corners down over the shape for form a parallelogram without any white showing on either side.

10. Fold up the 2 points of the shape to form a square.

11. Lastly you just want to fold the square diagonally in half, along the gap between the two points you folded down in step 10. You may fold them in either direction.

That wasn't to hard now was it? Now all you got to do is go make 11 more of these :D

adale123 says: Feb 5, 2013. 3:54 PM
It does require irritating folds that I can't understand. HELP!!!
spark16 says: Aug 19, 2011. 5:17 PM
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
IT'S SO AWESOME!
spark16 says: Aug 19, 2011. 4:36 PM
omg it is so simple!
oh yeah, the video was a WHOLE LOT BETTER than the written instructions.
but
and omg mine turned out SO AWEMAZING!(THAT'S A CROSS BETWEEN AWESOME AND AMAZING)
jbend says: Jun 12, 2011. 11:39 AM
this is soooooo easy
logghi says: May 4, 2009. 8:55 AM
i cant get the pyramids together... help!
kaylaangelkisses in reply to logghiMay 22, 2011. 8:27 AM
Me nether!
Buzzsushi in reply to logghiFeb 14, 2010. 4:49 PM
It takes A LOT of wiggling and bending lol.
logghi in reply to BuzzsushiFeb 15, 2010. 6:53 AM
I managed it about a week after posting that comment, but it looks great thanks!
mary96 says: Mar 25, 2011. 4:56 AM
can someone plz tell me how to make the 90 unit one//
bubblebut says: Jan 9, 2011. 11:07 AM
I did it and it looked awesome it is so cool thanks for making it mine looks like this.
live it,laugh it,love it in reply to bubblebutJan 18, 2011. 7:30 PM
dude i have no clue how to do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PetBennett in reply to live it,laugh it,love itFeb 14, 2011. 12:54 PM
It may take sum practice with other origami folding before or in my case, an epiphany cuz I'm weird like that. Trying the lazy tertrahedragsomething at http://www.origami-resource-center.com/modular.html is a good place to start :3
bubblebut in reply to PetBennettFeb 18, 2011. 6:00 AM
dude if you want to start off with easy origami then ckeck out my page or go to http://www.origami-fun.com/index.html
bubblebut in reply to live it,laugh it,love itJan 22, 2011. 3:55 PM
o come on its easy
Applebohn (author) in reply to bubblebutJan 9, 2011. 11:48 AM
that's awesome :D Looks great!
christophungus says: Feb 6, 2011. 8:55 PM
Awesome!!!!!! I made a Giant one out of big construction paper!!!!!!!!!!
Applebohn (author) in reply to christophungusFeb 7, 2011. 10:36 AM
that's epic!!!!
christophungus says: Feb 6, 2011. 8:30 PM
Nice instructable!!
Jan 18, 2011. 7:30 PM
cccccccccccccooooooooooooollllllllllllllll
mutant763 says: Jun 4, 2010. 6:56 PM
Really nice, could you do a video showing how to put one of the larger versions together with 30 modules
pholt says: Jun 3, 2010. 6:40 AM
How do you put the units together?
eaglehylian says: Jun 2, 2010. 4:37 PM
it´s easy... but so awsome.. thank´s
Phantomn says: May 27, 2010. 8:11 AM
Just made one and haven't stopped fiddling with it xD
Nice 'ible.
imcharly says: Mar 17, 2010. 11:45 AM
The Gray Ninja says: Mar 6, 2010. 1:23 PM
i followed your guide and i have to say it was very cool when i experimented! I had somehow managed to make a cube out of six units that holds up pretty well! thanks a lot!
Buzzsushi says: Feb 15, 2010. 4:35 PM
Already made 3 different things and working on a 90 unit thing. its gonna rock, will post pics when Im finished. Great ible!
Applebohn (author) in reply to BuzzsushiFeb 16, 2010. 8:17 AM
Awsome, it sounds great!!! kinda adicting isn't it :-D  thanks
Buzzsushi in reply to ApplebohnFeb 16, 2010. 10:22 AM
Yeah. It is. Lol. Halfway done making the units nao. its gonna be big.
rock_JOCKY says: Jan 30, 2010. 10:13 AM
ur right, it does confuse ur friends. when my bud showed me his, i couldnt figure out how he did it. now i do so thx
origamianything says: Dec 12, 2009. 4:14 PM
... has ANYONE thought about the *cough* other *cough* 12 unit and the (lol) 60 unit sonobes? and everything inbetween? and also the 270 unit....
wadnilmom says: Aug 10, 2009. 2:56 PM
I made a 120 (? maybe it was just 90) piece '-hedron' back in the mid 90's. A few years later we moved overseas, and I lost track of it. Now we're back in the ISA and I would sure like to make another one to show my math students! Anyone out there who can help??
WHAT? A 120 UNIT??? i just made one of those, but slightly modified. make rings of 10 units, like ur making a stellated icosahedron. but you push the center down, that makes a star. make 12 of those, and connect those together like a dodecahedron.
kog103 says: Oct 10, 2009. 2:11 AM
Thanks for that man! Good instructions, and a brilliant result! Thanks!
jibas_music77 says: Sep 15, 2009. 9:44 AM
I did it! Thanks for the video XD
nam.keeheon says: Jan 17, 2009. 8:47 PM
What is the real name to this origami? (like polyhedra)
paperairplanecreator in reply to nam.keeheonSep 8, 2009. 4:02 PM
i think its called a hexaflex
Applebohn (author) in reply to nam.keeheonJan 19, 2009. 4:00 PM
I don't know
nam.keeheon in reply to ApplebohnJan 19, 2009. 4:23 PM
thanks though, it turned out really cool, It be cooler if I knew a name...
Applebohn (author) in reply to nam.keeheonJan 20, 2009. 3:06 PM
i just looked it up and i beleive it is a stellated octahedron
nam.keeheon in reply to ApplebohnJan 20, 2009. 4:08 PM
sweet, thanks dude
paperairplanecreator says: Sep 8, 2009. 10:31 AM
hehheheeeh a brazilian tought me this
jdogsbart says: Jun 26, 2009. 6:06 AM
this is the sonobe unit!
ColtonBlake says: May 22, 2009. 3:41 PM
I love this instructable its amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I have this type of paper where it is two pieces in one and i made one square piece with one of them!!! I recommend it.
jmanlk456 says: Apr 23, 2009. 10:33 PM
i'm making one with post its do you think it will work
Applebohn (author) in reply to jmanlk456Apr 24, 2009. 1:17 PM
the sticky parts might make it hard to do but tell me how it goes. something a little easyer to do it with might be startburst wrapers, it looks really cool
CountAight says: Apr 10, 2009. 1:12 PM
I was looking for this unit and by looking at your instructions I remembered it. But on the last flaps you fold behind the piece you can actually tuck it in to give it a cleaner and more stable look.
Applebohn (author) in reply to CountAightApr 11, 2009. 11:55 AM
Thanks for the tip, that would make it look a lot nicer!
CountAight in reply to ApplebohnApr 11, 2009. 2:21 PM
No problem, I remember I made one in 8th grade with 30 units. I think it was called Stellated Icosahedron. And I've heard this type of origami called "Modular Origami" I have a book with a section on it.
Applebohn (author) in reply to CountAightApr 12, 2009. 2:04 PM
Ya, the thirty piece on looks really cool I have made one also. Sometime I want to see a ninty peice, that would be amazing!
gorgous_butt7890 says: Jan 20, 2009. 7:57 AM
cool. i want to try it sometime
orangemusicbrandon says: Jan 19, 2009. 10:13 AM
when i was in 9th grade, a friend and I made a 32 sided whateveragon, as we called it. Unfortunately, our geometry teacher kept it
Applebohn (author) in reply to orangemusicbrandonJan 19, 2009. 3:50 PM
ah thats stinks!
wetselonehundred says: Oct 25, 2008. 10:11 PM
hello applebohn im ten years old and i was wondering if you could put some instructions on putting the four together i cant seem to get it
Applebohn (author) in reply to wetselonehundredOct 27, 2008. 2:08 PM
sure, here it is: Now that you have 12 units, it is now time to put them together. Notice that there are points (the two triangles that hang off of the square in the center) and there are pockets (the 4 little slots on one side of the square). As you probable guessed you are going to put the points into the pockets. But an important thing before you begin, don't use the 2 pockets that would cover up the point of that shape if a unit was inserted into one of those pockets. Try experimenting to make the shape. It is kind of like a puzzle. If you get stuck try making 4 pyrimids by putting 3 units together to form a 1 sided pyramid and then put them together. Experiment.
wetselonehundred in reply to ApplebohnNov 11, 2008. 3:01 PM
i got it thinks
puadxe says: Jul 3, 2008. 1:12 PM
n ooooooooo, the 2nd and 3rd videos aren't available anymore what do i do with these 12 things now?
It's up and running again.

## Hurray

I don't know what happened to them but what ever it was their back up and runing again!
AznPanda says: Jul 29, 2008. 4:59 PM
hmm i normaly dont like origami like this but this one is awesome and im gonna try it ima c if theres a led light around
mgraf77 says: Jul 19, 2008. 1:54 PM
wow that is amazing but u need to put a instructable bout the 30 and 90
dcmania21 says: Jun 16, 2008. 6:54 PM
great job!! I just made it and im going to put some LEDs inside to make a cool lamp!!!!
Applebohn (author) in reply to dcmania21Jun 17, 2008. 4:02 PM
Thats an awsome idea, I've never thought about that!
dcmania21 in reply to ApplebohnJun 17, 2008. 5:26 PM
i like to put LEDs in tons of stuff, you should make one with LEDs and enter it in the contest!!!
Applebohn (author) in reply to dcmania21Jun 18, 2008. 9:56 AM
Thanks for the idea, will do!
bowow0807 says: May 17, 2008. 4:43 AM
i dont get the putting together part
Applebohn (author) in reply to bowow0807May 19, 2008. 3:02 PM
I'll put a video saying how to put it on.
xtank5 says: Apr 18, 2008. 7:32 PM
I'm sorry but this is nowhere near being an actual Instructable. Where are the instructions? You should turn the instructional videos into an Instructable format. Meaning that you make steps detailing the construction. This is really bad. Interesting subject though.
Applebohn (author) in reply to xtank5Apr 30, 2008. 5:53 PM
Thanks for the idea on writing down the Instructables instructions. Its much better now.
unbentcrayfish says: Apr 24, 2008. 5:49 PM
make a video... but i like the picture, i can't figure it out w/out a video
Applebohn (author) in reply to unbentcrayfishApr 30, 2008. 5:50 PM
I got a video up and running. Hope you can figure it out now. Once you get the hang of it it'll get easier.