Introduction: Origami Square Bracelets

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I first made a bracelet using origami squares a while ago, but it was different from this one. The squares were turned and joined by a string. After it broke (the string snapped), I wanted to make a new one, but not exactly the same. Eventually I came up with this one. It could be made without glue, but then it probably wouldn't hold very long. I hope you like it!

Step 1: Materials

To make a bracelet like this, you will need the following:

- paper squares, mine were about 5 x 5 cm and I needed 25 of them.

- glue

It's a short list, isn't it!

Step 2: Folding the Module

Take a square piece of paper. Start by folding the square in half diagonally. Unfold it and fold it in half again, now on the other diagonal. Don't unfold this fold. Take the bottom corner and fold it up to the middle. Repeat this on the other side. Next fold the bottom side up to the middle. Repeat this on the other side as well. Now unfold the first diagonal fold in the corners as shown above. Take the top right corner and fold it down. Fold the bottom left corner up as well. Tuck in these two corners by opening up the module as shown above.

Step 3: Repeat for the Other Squares

Repeat last step until you have enough modules. If you're not sure how many you will need, with modules with a square of about 1.5 cm by 1.5 cm, it will take about 25-30 modules.

Step 4: Joining the Modules

Divide the modules in pairs. From each pair, take one of the modules and fold back the corners as shown. You can now join two modules by adding the corners of the module with the bent back corners to the pockets of the straight module. Repeat this for the other pairs.

Step 5: Joining the Joined Parts

Now that the modules have been joined, you can join these pairs to 'build' your bracelet.Take two joined pairs and add the corners to the remaining pockets, as shown in the pictures. It's best to try this first, before glueing them. Once you know how to join them, take your glue. Apply glue to the part of the paper that will be covered by the corner. Don't worry, it's pictured as well. Repeat this step for the corner on the back

Step 6: Repeat

Repeat this for the other parts, until you reach the desired length for your bracelet.

Step 7: Closing the Bracelet: Option 1

Option one is the easiest, but will only work when you've folded 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 etc modules. This means you need an even number of pairs.

If this is the case, you can end your bracelet the same way as you made the other part of the bracelet: adding the corners to the pockets and glueing them in position.

But, I needed 13 pairs, which meant I couldn't use this method.

Step 8: Closing the Bracelet: Option 2

So, there had to be a different method as well. For this step, you will need one extra module. Glue the two remaining pockets on the square, I added one to the back and one to the front, fold in the corners of the extra module and glue them on the square piece.

Step 9: Finished!

That's it! I hope you found this instructable useful and maybe will try it yourself, if you did I would love to know :)

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