Modular Origami Base




This is an important base for many creative origami models

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Step 1: Fold and Cut the Paper

First you need to grab an A4 sheet of paper. Hold it portrait and fold it across the middle. Now cut along this fold. You will have two A5 sheets of paper. Do this again with the A5 sheet of paper until you have 16 pieces of paper. Now do the same with the other piece of A5, and you should have 32 pieces of paper in total.

Step 2: Folding Time

Take one of the small pieces of paper and hold it landscape. Make a fold across the middle and crease.

Now fold down the middle, make a crease and unfold again.

Next, we fold each side to the centre crease. This should create a boat-ish shape. Make sure you look at the photos.

Turn the paper over. Fold the sides of each flap up to the edge of the paper. Again, please be sure to look at the photo.

Now we need to fold the whole flaps up.

Now fold in half, from left to right, and you're done!!

Step 3: Making a Full Model

You will notice that each section has two spikes and two slots, which are at the back of the piece. These can be connected by pushing a spike into a slot (see pictures above). I always like to dab some glue onto the spike before pushing it into the slot, so that the model stays together.

Step 4: Example of Making a Model

Here I am going to show you how to make an easy model of an eagle claw. Please refer to the photos if you are stuck.

You will need:

craft glue (if you are keeping the model)
1 sheet of A4 made into sections

Ok, so take one section and attach one section on to it's spikes via the slots in the back.

Next add one section to the right hand side, and one to the left. Put the left hand slot on the left hand spike, and the right on the right, so there aren't any slots sticking out.

Now we add one section in the middle of the two sections, so that the right slot is on the left spike of the right section, and the left slot is on the right spike of the left section.

Put two more on so that there are no spikes sticking out.

Next, put three sections on top of the two before.

Now put two sections onto the three so that the end spikes are not covered yet.

Leave this section for now, and make stacks of sections, two of seven and one of six.

Now bring back the other section, and put the stacks of seven on the end pairs of spikes. Put the stack of six on to the middle two spikes.

Curve these 'talons' down to look more sharp, and squeeze in the section we first made, and you're done!

Step 5: Examples

Here are some examples of what you can make with these, but the only limit is your imagination!!! I will be posting some of these soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

P.S This is my first ible, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!

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    2 years ago



    2 years ago

    I used a rectangular post it mini booklet which turned out to be proportional. Saved a lot of time.

    Thanks so much this was a really helpful site.

    Wait, what are the dimensions for the 32 pieces of paper needed after cutting the A4 and A5 paper? I have no idea what A4 and A5 paper is, tbh.

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    A4 paper is 21 x 29.7 cm, A5 is 14.8 x 21cm. The paper you should get is A9 I think, the dimensions of which are 5.2 x 3.7 cm. Hope this helps!


    5 years ago

    My cousin once made a full color pikachu using 3D origami


    6 years ago

    Better than apps u pay for


    6 years ago

    This is great! I haven't seen a good 3d origami instructables in a long while


    6 years ago

    I made a trex out of this stuff one time and it took like 3 days to fold it and about an hour to put it together


    6 years ago

    The A4 paper is about 29.7 cm by 21.1 cm. Sorry I can't reply directly but i'm using the tablet app rather than the website :-)


    6 years ago

    How big is a4 paper?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    They remind me of the replicator blocks from Stargate: SG-1 :D

    Great directions! If you ever decide to do an Instructable for the snake it would be awesome!


    6 years ago

    Wow! That's complicated but truly amazing!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    That is one pretty good first Instructable! Two tips:
    - You can easily improve the "main image" (the first picture in the intro). In your place, I would have used the 4th picture of step 4 (the red cobra) as main image.
    - Can you add a step (or two), explaining a bit more about making a figure from the paper parts? You could choose a small, easy to make animal to explain, and show the other animals in the final step, as examples of the possibilities with this technique.

    Again, really nice job!