About: Industrial Design student at Eindhoven University of Technology

In this instructable I will show you how to make a kaleidocycle. So, what is a kaleidocycle???
It's a folded-cut model that you can turn. And turn. And turn. It's pretty awesome, don't you think?

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Step 1: What Do You Need?

To make a kaleidocycle you will need the following:
- paper
- scissors
- clear tape
- pencil
- triangle/protractor/ruler (don't know what it's called)

Step 2: Drawing Dots

We're going to start by drawing. Start in the corner of the paper. Take your triangle and start with drawing two dots, the first one at a height of 2 centimeter, the second one at a height of 4 centimeter. Then, measuring from the corner, draw a dot 4 centimeters sideways. Do this also for 8 and 12 centimeters. Measuring from the dots you just drew, draw dots at 2 and at 4 centimeters heigh.

Step 3: Connecting the Dots

Make lines between the dots as shown on the pictures.
Also shown in the pictures is how to make the upper triangles.

Step 4: Cut It Out

Cut out your shape.

Step 5: Folding

Fold all your lines to the back to make mountainfolds. Unfold again.

Step 6: Tape

Now we can put it together. Take a piece of tape and put it on the paper as shown. Repeat this for the other two triangles.

Put the flaps from the one side in the pockets on the other side and tape that together also.

Step 7: Turn It!!!

It's finished now, so you can go and have some fun! It also is a great stress releaver :)

A thank you to my dad, who held the kaleidocycle while I was making my GIF, and to mikeasaurus, who  made and instructable about how to make GIF's.

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14 Discussions


5 years ago on Introduction

Interesting! I just saw this in another instructable in how to animate gif for a project of mine and thought to check this out :-)

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5 years ago

Doesn't work- I tried several different times.

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Could you share a picture of where it goes wrong for you? I've never had a problem with making these myself, so I would love to help you out where possible!


6 years ago on Introduction

Whew. That took some effort.
Nice little craft, I'm sure it's easier once you get some practice in. Thanks!

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6 years ago on Introduction

Thank you so much! I have been wanting to learn how to make one of these for a long time now but didn't know what they were called and as a google search of "origami turing thingy" doesn't yield very many results, I have never found instructions. Very well put together instuctable!

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Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Bedankt bedankt bedankt!

5-10 minutes drawing, few minutes for cutting, 5-10 minutes taping so I would say 10-20 minutes :)