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Make the Olympic Rings in Origami

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Raise your hand if you enjoy making modular origami! You will fave fun folding these interlocking rings to make the Olympic rings or to make a slinky toy. Here you will find an Easy-to-follow video tutorial.

The Olympic rings and flag are used by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a symbol to elevate the Olympic Games.

The rings are five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green and red on a white field, known as the “Olympic rings”. The symbol was originally created in 1913 by Coubertin.] He appears to have intended the rings to represent the five continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, America, and Oceania. The colors of the rings together with the white of the background included the colors composing every competing country’s flag at the time.”

  • Laura Kruskal Created the modular ring. You can make many of these rings and link them together to form a decorative garland.
  • Gay Merrill Gross Joined many of Laura’s  modules in a unique way to create the spiral spring, a graceful rendition in paper of the Slinky, a classic toy.
  • Leyla’s idea: These origami rings can be used to make the Olympic rings. We just have to choose the appropriate colors (from left to right: blue, yellow, black, green and red) and we are all set!

Here is the video tutorial on how to make these interlocking rings.

Tips and suggestions for making the Olympic rings

  • You need five squares or kami paper: blue, yellow, black, green and red. In the video it is demonstrated using a solid-color origami paper*.
  • Cut each square in half to get two rectangles (2:1)
  • Make a ring with each pair of modules as explained in the video, leaving one end open.
  • Connect the rings in the appropriate order. The Olympic rings are interlaced from left to right; the blue, black and red rings are situated at the top, the yellow and green rings at the bottom.
  • Once they are connected, you can arrange them so that the blue, black and red rings are above and the yellow and green, below.
  • Leave them under a heavy book overnight so that the are very flat.

Diagrams for these and a selection of innovative, simple and splendid origami models,
are found in  Origami: The Art of Paper Folding, a book by Gay Merrill Gross*.

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{ 2 comments… add one }
  • maxine August 6, 2021, 4:56 pm

    Fairly easy Thank you !!!

    • Leyla Torres August 7, 2021, 10:53 pm

      You are welcome, Maxine. I’m glad you find these rings easy to make!

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