Introduction: Zigzag Pop-Up

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Here's a quick pop-up that only takes a few minutes and has a nice effect. All you need is a printer (preferably color) and something to cut with.

Original design by Masahiro Chatani.

Step 1: Print Out This File

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Step 2: Cut Along the Black Lines

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My preference is for an Xacto, but whatever works for you.

Step 3: Blue Valleys and Red Mountains

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Fold in along the blue lines and out along the red lines so that you have blue valleys and red mountains.

Step 4: Enjoy the Pattern

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Make sure that the folds are nice and clean. When you're all done you should be able to flatten it in on itself to make the folds more solid.

Now carefully stand it up and enjoy the zigzagging pieces of paper.


chipper35 (author)2011-07-22

I love stuff like this!!

idiot053 (author)2009-10-01

this should be easy...... oops, printer crashed...

mewcx (author)2008-06-09

heh. I made/showed some similar + others at Maker Faire Austin. I modified the "zigzag" to fix a standard business card, and the staircase to fit a standard 3x5 card. Templates/pix at

-- mew

Charles IV (author)mewcx2009-03-27

You have tensegrity made out of straws, that's awesome!

Darter76 (author)2009-03-19

kinda looks like a piano keyboard

ward2u (author)2009-02-16

it is very easy,i like it

123jim (author)2008-11-14

great job

Carlos Marmo (author)2008-10-30

Wonderful Work! Congratulations!

rickharris (author)2008-05-31

Lots of scope with this paper techniques - here are some more efforts. This was a project we did at school as light relief.

amya1837 (author)rickharris2008-09-14

howd u do the last one??

rickharris (author)rickharris2008-06-01

OK I had a little time this afternoon so i have redrawn the stairs for you - This should work - or be very close so you can see the changes required. unfortunately I don't have time to make it. However I post some more of similar projects.

rickharris (author)rickharris2008-06-01

On the net - which I have drawn A3 so the actual stairs should fit on an A4 page OK - The black lines should be cut and the green lines folded. I put the model on there so you can see which way to fold.

goodwithpaper (author)rickharris2008-06-11

u cant tell da dif between the green and blak lines

rickharris (author)goodwithpaper2008-06-11

Mmm I can see the difference on my flat screen monitor - But I will post another in red/black with thicker lines so you should be able to see them. remember I haven't made this I just drew it so there may be some errors.

=SMART= (author)rickharris2008-06-07

WOW!! i love the stairs one :D

rickharris (author)rickharris2008-06-01

Until I return to school next week I can not access the drawings we did but for the time here are some sources to wet your appetite.



Free programme


Simple popup

Have fun.

deth2all (author)rickharris2008-05-31

dude, is there a pattern i can get for the stairs?????

wow! those are amazing!

Yeah, please post some templates. If you can't, it's ok, but remember this, you let down a lot of people. (3... Maybe 4, I Dunno?)

whatsisface (author)rickharris2008-05-31

That last one is sweet! Any chance you could upload a template?

data23 (author)whatsisface2008-05-31


Flumpkins (author)2008-05-30

I invented something like this, I folded a paper in half tallways then I folded the top to the bottom. I then lifted up the "Flaps" and got a ruler. I drew a line down the still folded spot every Cm. I then cut along those lines. I un folded it but not all the way so that if i didnt cut it the paper would be a very narrow "V". Every 2 "Bridges" I reversed the crease. That creates a neat effect. I taped two of those together and made a springy hat : )

Oscelot (author)Flumpkins2008-06-06

I think we need a picture of this hat. Yes. Yes we do.

Flumpkins (author)Oscelot2008-08-21


zawmintu (author)Flumpkins2008-06-06

can you put up and instructable on your design as well?

Flumpkins (author)zawmintu2008-06-06

Uhhh..... I guess... maybe.... I don't know. i'LL see

=SMART= (author)2008-06-07

Nice Fungus!! i made this, its quite easy once you have printed the template, just have to be careful you don't cut the wrong line :D Thanks for sharing!

kumiko (author)2008-06-05

O_O! Cool! It's not so hard but still sweet looking.

I made one here.

fungus amungus (author)kumiko2008-06-05

Nice photo shoot there!

swalker (author)2008-06-04

thats really cool!!!!!!!!!! im obsessed with paper masha

Evermorian (author)2008-06-02

This style of pop-up card is known as Origamic Architecture (or OA, for short). If you are interested in making this style of card, check out the OA community site at .

Whoah, there's an OA community. This design is from Ondori Popup Origamic Architecture. I found it in a used bookstore a couple years ago. I agree with that site's opinion of the animals in the book, though. Very boring.

Your Average Guy (author)2008-05-31

I love these pop-up things! Nice instructable, and and the print out idea was good.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-05-30

I'm going to have to try this. +5/5 stars. (added to favorites)

Brennn10 (author)2008-05-30

Well, my first attempt did not go too well. I guess I will have to try again! This is so cool!

mspark400 (author)Brennn102008-05-30

sweet, very cool and easy ! great job mspark400

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