Transparency Container




Introduction: Transparency Container

Have fun and put anything that you want on a printable transparency: friends, neighbors, family, your morning egg, whatever. Print, cut a square, and fold. When transparency magic has caught your fancy try making other things out of printable transparencies, be it origami or other nifty things. For a few other patterns you can go to and find origami diagrams. The octagonal container from a circle would be a good one for transparencies.

Things you will need-printable transparencies, computer with printer, scissors, straight edge. Protractor if you can't guesstimate 90 degrees.

Make sure you read the notes as there is some key information for a pleasant plastic experience.

Step 1: Making the Transparency

Find an image you like and print into onto a printable transparency.

Step 2: Cut the Square

Cut a square. If necessary make a template first. It is important that the tranparency is a true square.

Step 3: Start Creasing

1. Make sure you read the notes first

2. Fold the tranparency on the diagonals. Flip the transparency over.

3. You are bisecting 45 degree angles. You will be doing this 8 times.

4. Crease between indicated points. Realize the long dashes and then short dashes mean you are folding the paper away from you, the opposite direction of the previous two steps.

5. You are bisecting the 22.5 degree angles and then creasing where they intersect.

Step 4: Almost There

Here you are making the tips meet the inside. Plastic is cranky make sure you line it up right before creasing hard. The next picture shows the step on a container.

Step 5: Picture of 4

This shows two corners. One has been folded in and the other has been folded in and pinched tight (left). This is what you are doing to all four corners.

Step 6: The Finale

This is the finished product. Enjoy all that plastics have to offer you. Have a transparent life:P

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    14 years ago

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    14 years ago on Introduction

    That is an awesome idea! Great instructable! one question, how easily does the plastic fold? typically that stuff is a lot stiffer than paper.


    Reply 14 years ago on Introduction

    Gonazar-Thanks. The printable transparency paper isn't to bad. It is thicker than paper and it doesn't hurt to use a pen edge to make the crease. The main problem with it is you can't change direction like with paper.


    14 years ago on Introduction

    Could you just break this out into steps with instructions? Otherwise, it looks like a great tutorial.