Here I offer some additional suggestions and a video with tips on how to give volume to the Origami Windmill featured in my previous post (designed by Philip Chapman-Bell). This toy is made with a circular piece of paper, and it’s a lot of fun to play with children.
- Once all the folds have been made -as demonstrated in the video posted previously, rest the circular piece of paper flat in the open palm of your dominant hand.
- Identify the straight folds as valleys, and the curved folds as mountains.
- Methodically pinch and emphasize each valley-fold toward the center of the paper. Continue pinching the valley-folds as the paper begins to take the form of a cup, cradled at its base by your hand.
- Once you have a loosely formed cup, focus next on the curved mountain-folds and begin to pinch the ends of each as well, one by one.
- Now gather the ends of these mountain-folds as you rotate the origami windmill in your hand.
- To form the flat section place your non dominant palm so that it gently touches the outer border of the paper and impart a gentle twisting motion. This locks the egg-shape fancy origami windmill in place.
Here are two videos to make this origami windmill (Be sure to watch them both!)
- The one Philip posted.
- One I made to clarify the last steps.
Video 1 (by Philip Chapman-Bell)
Video 2 (by Leyla Torres)
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6 thoughts on “How to inflate the Origami Windmill or Smart Waterbomb”
I love the idea of teaching the paper!
Your video will help a lot!! Thank you, Leyla! Ü
Very nicely done!
Thank you Philip. It’s a lovely model.
I appreciate your having shared it in your website!