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origami companion cube

How to make your own origami companion cube from portal

image of the origami companion cube

image of the origami companion cube

This companion cube is  the traditional waterbomb with a special skin applied to it. you can download the pdf template here.

Design traditional
Material quadratic sheet
Difficulty easy
Time to fold about 7 minutes

 

 

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Origami Mouse Instructions

Origami Mouse

image of a mouse in origami diagram style

Design  traditional
Material one quadratic sheet of paper
Difficulty easy
Time about 7 minutes

This tradtional fold is based on the “fish-base” one of the four common traditonal origami bases. The Origami Crane, for example uses the “bird-base”. It is an easy fold as it only uses simple folds and two inside-reverse-folds.

I like the Mouse for it’s simplicty and comic look. it’s definetly not as expressive as Joisel’s famous Rat, but it is also so much easier! You can instantly tell that it’s supposed to be a mouse and you will be able to fold it right away

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Origami Frog folding Instructions

Origami Frog

green origami frog

 

Design  traditional
Material one sheet sheet of paper,
Difficulty easy
Time about 10 minutes

 

The origami frog is a traditional model that is very easy. In fact, it is the very  first model I learned. So I can safely recommend it for beginners. It takes about five minutes to fold. Once you practiced a little how to fold this jumping frog you will be able to fold it much quicker.

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Origami Lily Flower Instructions

Origami Lily

origami lily flower

 

Design  traditional
Material one sheet sheet of paper, dual colour
Difficulty easy
Time about 10 minutes

 

The origami lily flower is a traditional model that is easy to do. In fact, it’s one of the first models I learned. So I can safely recommend it for beginners. It takes about ten minutes to fold, when you first learn how to make this origami flower. With a little practise it can be done in just five minutes. But still: it’s art and not race 🙂

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Origami Box with Lid

Origami Box with Lid

Origami Box with Lid

Origami Box with lid (chest)

Design by traditional (unknown)
Material two square sheets of paper, single colour
Difficulty easy
Time about five minutes

This origami treasure Chest consist of two parts. So you will also need to sheets of the same size.

The proportions of the box are: 1/2 wide, 1/4 and 1/4 deep. This is in relation to the size of the sheets (1).

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yellow Christmas star

Origami Christmas Star

Origami Christmas Star

 


 

traditional design
Material one simple sheet of paper
Difficulty intermediate (because of open sink)
Time to fold about five minutes

A friend of mine folded this star in class. I instantly liked it and she showed me how to make it. Well, I watched her fold it. But that was enough,  the model is quite simple.A beginner might find the sink difficult, but I tried to explain an easy way of folding it in the video instructions for the Christmas Star. Besides that the model is suitable for beginners, at least My friend is a beginner and had no problems.

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Origami Creeper Instructions

origami creeper

origami creeper

a creeper from the game minecraft as origami

Description

This Creeper from the game minecraft was proudly designed by me. It is low intermediate so beginners may need a while to figure it out. The folding itself is simple but the assembling of the head is a little tricky.

Instructions

Downloads

Those handy diagramms don’t make much sense on their own, but make the video easier to follow.
Download the PDF Diagram.

Tips

I recommend to use small and stiff paper for this Origami Creeper. For example 7,5cm times 7,5cm. If you have access to tant-paper, use it! but green printer-paper is great too.
You can it with anything, it’s just easier with good paper. (Maybe not toilet paper)

Design History

I’m a fan of minecraft myself. The block design of the game makes it easy to imagine it’s characters as origami. So I was pretty surprised that there wasn’t any minecraft origami creeper already. This is why I gave it a try. I wanted a model that also fan’s of the games could do. That is why I choose this simplistic approach. The more advanced folders will find many ways to add more details to the model (e.g. the feet can be folded to match the original more closely). But that would have made the model a lot more confusing for people that are new to origami. I’m pretty happy with the way I did the cube-head. For sure there are other models that use that mechanism too – but I figured it out myself :). Drawing the origami creeper’s face on the paper is a small trade-off for the simplicity of the design. Somehow I forgot about the model for while, I designed it over a year ago allready.