# 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

## 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

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During 7th grade, I found a cube made of these modules on the floor at school, reverse-engineered it and made a larger 4x4 version of it without even knowing what it was!

origamistudent10 months ago

Spent 6 hours... good thing it looks awesome :)

mvicknair1 year ago
I did this in junior high math class. It was lots of fun once I got the hang of it, but I've forgotten how to do it, so thanks for reminding me of the steps!
Applebohn (author)  mvicknair1 year ago

For sure! I'd actually learned it in a middle school math class as well :)

It does require irritating folds that I can't understand. HELP!!!
spark164 years ago
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
IT'S SO AWESOME!
spark164 years ago
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)
jbend4 years ago
this is soooooo easy
logghi6 years ago
i cant get the pyramids together... help!
4 years ago
Me nether!
5 years ago
It takes A LOT of wiggling and bending lol.
5 years ago
I managed it about a week after posting that comment, but it looks great thanks!
mary964 years ago
can someone plz tell me how to make the 90 unit one//
bubblebut4 years ago
I did it and it looked awesome it is so cool thanks for making it mine looks like this.
4 years ago
dude i have no clue how to do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
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
4 years ago
o come on its easy
Applebohn (author)  bubblebut4 years ago
that's awesome :D Looks great!
christophungus4 years ago
Awesome!!!!!! I made a Giant one out of big construction paper!!!!!!!!!!
Applebohn (author)  christophungus4 years ago
that's epic!!!!
christophungus4 years ago
Nice instructable!!
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mutant7635 years ago
Really nice, could you do a video showing how to put one of the larger versions together with 30 modules
pholt5 years ago
How do you put the units together?
eaglehylian5 years ago
it´s easy... but so awsome.. thank´s
Phantomn5 years ago
Just made one and haven't stopped fiddling with it xD
Nice 'ible.
imcharly5 years ago
The Gray Ninja5 years ago
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!
Buzzsushi5 years ago
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)  Buzzsushi5 years ago
Awsome, it sounds great!!! kinda adicting isn't it :-D  thanks
5 years ago
Yeah. It is. Lol. Halfway done making the units nao. its gonna be big.
rock_JOCKY5 years ago
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
origamianything5 years ago
... has ANYONE thought about the *cough* other *cough* 12 unit and the (lol) 60 unit sonobes? and everything inbetween? and also the 270 unit....