What you’ll need:
- 12 sheets of origami papers for the crane
- 6 sheets of origami papers for the modular connectors
How to make the modular connectors from a pinwheel base:
Step 1: Make valley folds at the center horizontally, vertically and diagonally.
Step 2: Fold the sides vertically to the center, like doors (photo below center). Use the center crease as guide.
Step 3: Fold horizontally to the center.
Step 4: Open up the top half to form a trapezoid. Photo below center should be how it looks like. Do the same on the lower half.
Note: Similarities to pinwheel ends here. To make a pinwheel, just fold the upper left “arm” upward and lower right “arm” downward.
Step 5: Make a squash fold to form a square. A squash fold is when you pry open the paper… and squash to flatten it.
Step 6: Fold the bottom and right side edges to the center (diagonally)
Step 7: Do the same folds on the other corners. This is now your modular connector.
To learn how to make paper cranes, click here.
Step 1: Connect one wing to a linking structure on the modular connector. If you notice, the linking structure has the same triangular shape as the wing so it should slot in perfectly.
Step 2: Slot in four cranes to one modular connector.
Step 3: Add the rest of the pieces. I find that it’s easier to attach one piece after the other as you go along, instead of making two separate modular connectors with cranes then assemble them together into a ball from there.
Photo below right is what it looks like in progress.
The final product, ODed in Instagram filters:
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