Paper Folded Barrel Structure

Introduction: Paper Folded Barrel Structure

About: just getting back into Instructables. Hopefully some better projects to come!

I was reading along in a great book called Why Buildings Stand Up [Salvadori] and I came across a cool folded paper arch. When properly supported laterally by buttresses, it can support a couple orders of magnitude above its own weight. It also looks great and can be a hat! Here's how to fold it.

Step 1: Start With a Piece of Paper

Start with a plain 8.5x11. 
Fold into eighths along the long direction.
Then fold 14 diagonals in the opposite direction, using the ends of the first folds as guides.
I made poor creases on the first try (they didn't align with the edges of the first set of creases), but then had much better success using a pencil and a straightedge.

Step 2: Taking Shape

As you complete the diagonal creases, the sheet will begin to curl. 
Finish the barrel by encouraging the folds so that the paper curls into a half-circle.
Eventually, it will fold up accordion style into a flat, rotationally symmetric 2D shape.

Have fun!

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    5 years ago

    Which lines should be folded up and which ones should be folded down?


    7 years ago

    ... And why does a rectangular piece of paper turn into a perfect hexagon?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is very useful, you can make a bellows whit this method. I need some like this for my workshop. Thanks for sharing.