Introduction: Origami BB-8

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 has quickly grown to be one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars saga. In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to make your very own origami BB-8 out of nothing but two sheets of paper.

Step 1: Video Instructions

In addition to these written instructions, I have also created a video tutorial showing you how to make this model.

Step 2: Download and Print Template

This project makes use of a printed template to give the model its detail.


Download the template and print it out. DO NOT print double-sided, or else the model won't come out right.

Step 3: Cut Out the Body

Let's start by folding the bottom rolly part of BB-8. Take the piece of paper labeled "Body" and cut out the square along the solid line.

Step 4: Crease Diagonals

Start with the white side up. Valley fold the paper diagonally and unfold. Repeat in both directions.

Step 5: Crease Horizontally and Vertically

Turn the paper over and fold it horizontally and vertically, then unfold.

Step 6: Collapse Downwards

Use the existing creases to collapse the model downwards. Make sure the printed side is on the outside.

(If you have experience doing origami, this type of fold is called a waterbomb base.)

Step 7: Fold Up the Corners

Fold up the bottom two corners into the center.

Step 8: Fold in the Corner Edges

Fold the two corner edges into the center.

Step 9: Fold Down the White Flaps

On the top of the model there are two white flaps. Fold them in half downwards.

Step 10: Fold Over the White Flaps

Fold the white flaps over the corner edges, and unfold.

Step 11: Fold the White Flap Into the Pocket

Gently open the corner edge to reveal a small pocket. Fold the white flaps into the pockets.

Step 12: Repeat Steps 7 - 11 on the Back

Repeat steps 7 - 11 on the back.

Step 13: Inflate Like a Balloon

On the top of the model you should see a small hole. Blow into this hole and the model should inflate like a balloon, giving it its shape.

Step 14: Finished Body

We are now finished with the body of BB-8. If your version looks like the one in the picture, then move on to the next step.

Step 15: Make the Head

The head of the model is made through following the same process as that of the body.

Step 16: Finished!

After you make the head and the body, the model is finished! You have several options of connecting the two together. I chose to rest one on top of the other, but you can also use glue to make it more sturdy. Be creative!

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