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Modular origami

Modular origami is a technique in which sheets of paper are folded into modules or units which are then combined into two or three-dimensional forms. These forms can be rings, cubes, globes, garlands, flowers or quilts.
Here you will find different examples of modular origami and in many cases instructions on how to make them.

Thumbnail image for Make Beautiful Modular Origami Kusudamas

When you see a picture of these kusudamas you might say “Oh that’s beautiful”. But when you actually make one and hold it in your own hands you will appreciate it all the more. You don’t have to have a PHD in math or in art to make gorgeous modular origami pieces. Just open one of Ekaterina [...]

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Two squares of paper, a few minutes of joyful paper-folding meditation, a lovely mandala design and an origami star is born! If you've ever made an origami figure using the windmill base, this eight-pointed star should be a breeze to fold. I'm excited to share with you this origami star of my own design. I [...]

Thumbnail image for Origami Sunflower (1 of 2) -Bring Joy to Your Life!

When you see a sunflower, what do you think of? I think of warm summer days, blue skies, bird seed, butterflies, bees, and Vincent Van Gogh’s vibrant paintings. I also visualize the intense and lyrical energy of Tour de France cyclists passing through the French countryside and field after field of blooming sunflowers. This multi-piece [...]

Thumbnail image for Origami Flower -Beautiful, Easy and Fast to Fold

Origami flowers are usually easy to make and have the added benefit of not wilting –as quickly anyway, as natural flowers. They can be perfect gifts or used as festive decorations. This six-petal flower is made with three rectangular units tied together with a piece of wire or pipe cleaner. It is informally known as [...]

Thumbnail image for The Mondrian Cube –Quiet Elegance and Mathematical Beauty

At first glance an origami cube might not seem as appealing as an origami rose or an origami elephant. But this origami cube, –known as Mondrian Cube, has a quiet elegance and a precise mathematical beauty that make it as much an object of artistic expression, as it is a challenging puzzle looking to be [...]

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Do you like origami stars? From Italy ~with love~ Francesco Mancini* shares three variations of his modular model, “Cloe's Star”. Thank you Francesco for granting permission to present these variations of your origami star in the following step-by-step video. Tips and suggestions for the modular origami star Use eight pieces of paper in the shape [...]

Thumbnail image for Make a Modular Origami Cube -Use it as a Photo Frame

If you made the photo frame previously presented on Origami Spirit, then you’ll have no trouble making this modular origami cube frame. Modular origami is a technique in which two or more sheets of paper are folded into units or modules. The units are then fitted together (usually without need of glue) to form one larger [...]

Thumbnail image for Make an Origami Frame With Decorative Hearts

Seeing the faces of those we love can make our heart sing with  joy. This origami photo frame –featuring a heart at each corner, is a beautiful way to keep those we love close by. To design this frame I found inspiration in an easy origami heart created by Ildikó Vass. Just this week, I [...]

Thumbnail image for An Origami Snowflake –Great Homemade Christmas Ornament!

Looking for homemade Christmas ornaments or gifts? These three-dimensional origami snowflakes are ingenious examples of efficiency in designing modular origami. Just take three square pieces of paper and make a snowflake. No scissors! No glue! Like the 'Polo Sur Star, previously presented here on OrigamiSpirit, the two puffy snowflake versions shown on this post are the [...]