Introduction: Infinite Supernova

Everyone Can Learn Origami !

I used to find origami difficult and boring until I was assigned a duty to take my school kids for an origami workshop. As I tried my hands folding papers with students, I found myself amazed at how a simple thing such as paper can be transformed into amazing things.

As I started following blogs and websites, trying origami myself, I find it comforting and meditative.

In this Instructable, I'm sharing one of the origami that I love.

I tried my best to keep it simple and included a lot to picture for easy understanding. Also, I'll be breaking down each fold into steps, so it going to be a long post. Please feel free to comment if you get stuck.

Let's start.


We will need:

1) 8 different color origami papers(15x15 cms). 21 papers of each color.

2) Paper Glue

Step 1: Making Units: (1/6)

Start with a square sheet of paper. Fold it in half horizontally, crease it well sharpening it with a fingernail.

Now, fold the paper in half vertically, crease it well and then unfold it.

Step 2: Making Units: (2/6)

Fold each of the top corners into the centerline to make a triangle as shown in the picture.

Step 3: Making Units: (3/6)

Holding the top of the triangle, rotate it 90 degrees anticlockwise. Squash fold the flap down.

Step 4: Making Units: (4/6)

At this point, we will have 4 layers. For easier understanding, I have numbered it. Fold layer 1 and layer 2 to the top(front). Fold Layer 3 and Layer 4 backward

Step 5: Making Units: (5/6)

Again, holding the top of the triangle, rotate it 90 degrees anticlockwise. Squash fold the flap down.

Step 6: Making Units: (6/6)

Fold the two flaps up to make it appear as a Frog Legs. The unit is ready.

Make 21 units of each color. We have 8 different colors so we need to make 21*8 = 168 units.

"Too Many !! Believe me, after a while, it will be relaxing and meditative"

Step 7: Units Interlinking

Each unit has two Frog Legs. When folded inward with legs getting tucked inside note that there are 2 slits which are called Pockets.

Units are connected by inserting the Frog Legs parts of two adjacent units into the Pockets of a single unit.

Step 8: Assembly: (1/3)

Begin by arranging the units as shown in the picture above. The square arrangement will act as a base on which we will start stacking.

Notice that the base layer is square and the second layer is in a diamond shape(Or square turned 90 degrees).

Step 9: Assembly: (2/3)

For the third layer, pick up colors that you have used in the 1st layers. Connect them so that you have a square and a diamond-shaped(Or square turned 90 degrees) layers alternatively.

Step 10: Assembly: (3/3)

Lay the stack sideways and connect the topmost layer to the bottom layer.

Step 11: The Supernova Is Ready to Explode !

Hold it from the side with both your hands. Move your hand in a downward motion to unfold the inner layers. Adjust your hand as and when needed.

Watch the Supernova as it explodes infinitely.

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