Introduction: Zigzag Pop-Up

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

Print!

Step 2: Cut Along the Black Lines

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

Step 3: Blue Valleys and Red Mountains

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

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.

Comments

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chipper35 made it! (author)2011-07-22

I love stuff like this!!

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idiot053 made it! (author)2009-10-01

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

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mewcx made it! (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

http://mew.cx/mf2007tx/

http://picasaweb.google.com/mike.weiblen/MewStuffAustinMakerFaire2007?pli=1

cheers
-- mew

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Charles IV made it! (author)Charles IV2009-03-27

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

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Darter76 made it! (author)2009-03-19

kinda looks like a piano keyboard

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ward2u made it! (author)2009-02-16

it is very easy,i like it

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123jim made it! (author)2008-11-14

great job

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Carlos Marmo made it! (author)2008-10-30

Wonderful Work! Congratulations!

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rickharris made it! (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.

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amya1837 made it! (author)amya18372008-09-14

howd u do the last one??

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rickharris made it! (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.

popup stairs.jpgDSCF1107.JPGDSCF1109.JPGDSCF1100.JPG
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rickharris made it! (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.

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goodwithpaper made it! (author)goodwithpaper2008-06-11

u cant tell da dif between the green and blak lines

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rickharris made it! (author)rickharris2008-06-11

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.

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=SMART= made it! (author)=SMART=2008-06-07

WOW!! i love the stairs one :D

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rickharris made it! (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.

Video

pattern

Free programme

Inspiration

Simple popup
Wikihow

Have fun.

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deth2all made it! (author)deth2all2008-05-31

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

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the_burrito_master made it! (author)the_burrito_master2008-05-31

wow! those are amazing!

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Your Average Guy made it! (author)Your Average Guy2008-05-31

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?)

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whatsisface made it! (author)whatsisface2008-05-31

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

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data23 made it! (author)data232008-05-31

They are all sweet! IT BE MY BIRTHDAY NO JOKE YAY MAY 31 IS AN AWESOME DAY!

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Flumpkins made it! (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 : )

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Oscelot made it! (author)Oscelot2008-06-06

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

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Flumpkins made it! (author)Flumpkins2008-08-21

MOO!!

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zawmintu made it! (author)zawmintu2008-06-06

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

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Flumpkins made it! (author)Flumpkins2008-06-06

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

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=SMART= made it! (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!

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kumiko made it! (author)2008-06-05

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

I made one here.
Thanks!

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fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2008-06-05

Nice photo shoot there!

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swalker made it! (author)2008-06-04

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

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Evermorian made it! (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 http://www.origamicarchitecture.org .

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fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2008-06-03

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.

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Your Average Guy made it! (author)2008-05-31

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

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GorillazMiko made it! (author)2008-05-30

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

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Brennn10 made it! (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!

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mspark400 made it! (author)mspark4002008-05-30

sweet, very cool and easy ! great job mspark400

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