Diamond Window Cube (Modular Origami)

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Introduction: Diamond Window Cube (Modular Origami)

Follow these steps to make your very own Diamond Window Cube.

I'm not sure about the origin of these types of cubes (please share if you do) or their real name. I've seen many variations of this but they all involve really weird folding to show the white side of the paper. I figured out how to do what I assume is the classic version of these and they turned out really cute. 

I've included pictures of each step for folding the model and also numbered them according to the text I wrote so it should be clear how to make some of these for yourself. I've also labeled the pieces for the assembly step and hopefully that helps too. Happy folding! 

Step 1: Materials

To make a cube you will need 12 pieces of square paper. 

Step 2: The Unit

1. Fold in half then unfold. 

2. Fold the top and bottom edge in to meet the middle crease.

3. Fold the top and bottom edge in to meet the middle crease again. 

4. Flip the model over.

5. Fold down the top right corner, lining up with the edge.

6. Turn the model around 180 degrees. 

7. Fold down what is now the top right corner, lining it up with the edge. 

8. Flip the model over.

9. This fold is a little weird but you want to fold a diagonal line from one of the folded corners to the other (see picture caption).

10. Unfold the folded corner and re-fold to line up with the diagonal fold you just made. 

11. Turn the model around 180 degrees and unfold and re-fold the top right corner again. 

12. Make 12 of these models. 

Step 3: Assembly

Start by holding Piece 1 in your hand and inserting Piece 2 into it as shown in the first picture. 

Insert Piece 3 into Piece 2, as shown. 

Now insert the top part of Piece 1 into the side of Piece 3 to form a triangular point. 

Continue connecting pieces like this until all 12 units are used and a cube is formed. 


If you make a lot of small ones like I did you can use a need and thread to string them and hang as decoration :)

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48 Discussions

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mosaferim
mosaferim

4 months ago

I wish you used more pictures.

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plozano25
plozano25

1 year ago

I'm an origami hobbyist, so I go around seeing origami Intructables. So far this is my favorite one!

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MattW273
MattW273

1 year ago

Thanks! Fiddly and fun to construct :)

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Aiptex
Aiptex

2 years ago on Step 2

This is awesome and all, but what do you mean by "refold"?

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BạchD3
BạchD3

4 years ago

DIY How To Make Origami Diamond - How to Make a Paper Diamond

Full video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3ubt-NyCSQ

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inspecter gadget
inspecter gadget

4 years ago

Cool! nice modular origami - it's a good variation of a similar construction I have used for a long while. I used to make polyhedra forms - then I stumbled upon modular origami forms which I found fascinating as I already had a passion for paper folding. It's cool what you can make from a single piece of paper, it's mind expanding what you can do with several pieces........:-D

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inspecter gadget
inspecter gadget

4 years ago

Cool! nice modular origami - it's a good variation of a similar construction I have used for a long while. I used to make polyhedra forms - then I stumbled upon modular origami forms which I found fascinating as I already had a passion for paper folding. It's cool what you can make from a single piece of paper, it's mind expanding what you can do with several pieces........:-D

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soulboy64
soulboy64

7 years ago on Introduction

I made a rainbow chain out of these... took a while

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

7 years ago on Introduction

I made three of these last night. The first 2 were good fun :p

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

The assembly stages were all fun, but preparing the 12 pieces for each got a bit dull the third time. It'd be a great thing to do on public transport though :D

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DavidNZ
DavidNZ

7 years ago on Introduction

that was fun to make :3 and pretty clear instructions as well.

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fncll
fncll

7 years ago on Introduction

FYI: this model is the "Lewis Simon-Bennett Arnstein Cube with Windows" and can be found in _The Beginner's Book of Modular Origami Polyhedra: The Platonic Solids_ by Rona Gurkewitz and Bennett Arnstein...

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sherrycayheyhey
sherrycayheyhey

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Cool! A quick google search of that helped me find a copy of this book here and it looks like the thing I made is described as "Modular Cube" on page 25. They used a half piece (2x1) instead of full as I did. 
The diagrams look intimidating at first but I might try to make a few other things showed in the book. 

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fncll
fncll

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

I have to think that's a pirated version of the book... but you can also see enough of this diagram to build the decorative cube in the Google Book preview version: http://clinki.es/go/OG

The diagrams are definitely not always the clearest, but you'll probably be amazed how quickly you can pick them up. I love and hate some of the diagrams and models :)

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CthulhuCaller

You can make these out of American dollar bills. They make very nice gifts!