modular origami star


This modular origami star was folded out of 30 uncut sheets of origami paper and assembled without any glue or other fasteners. The individual units are slotted together on the outside of the model, which makes it a wee bit easier to assemble than the kusudama I folded a couple of weeks ago. Like the origami box, this model was designed by Tomoko Fuse.

It took approximately three hours to fold all of the individual units. This is about two thirds of the way through. I’ve done preliminary folds on all of the sheets of paper, and then finished folding about half of the full units.


These are the completed units:


Once all of the units were folded, it took about half an hour to assemble the model. This is an alternate view - the five pointed star motif is repeated around the entire model.


And for those who are curious, the star is sitting on an ecosystem journal - the very same one I use to write my poems.

origami box


This origami box was folded from 8 uncut sheets of paper: 4 double sided (lid) and 4 patterned (base). The box was assembled entirely without glue or fastener of any sort, as the four units for the base and lid all slot together to form a structurally stable unit. The completed box measures about 3 inches square.

The box pattern was created by the celebrated origami master Tomoko Fuse, and can be found in her book Origami Boxes.


The units for the base of the box.


The assembled base.


The units for the lid of the box.


The assembled lid.


An alternate view of the completed box.

i fold paper


The above is a kusudama folded from 30 squares of paper. Each square of paper is folded into a modular unit, and then the units are assembled without any adhesives or other external connections - they are simply slotted into each other. This model took approximately four hours to fold and assemble.


The folding of the modular units in progress. This is about 1 hour into the process.


The fully folded modular units. This is about 3 hours into the process.

Folding the units themselves is straightforward, if time consuming. However, the units are connected internally within the model, which makes the final assembly quite a challenge.