Hexahedron Tutorial

this is a tutorial post !
i don’t know anything about real origami so i’ve made up my own terms for folds and actions. ~sorry~



1] prepare yourself

you will need 3 piece of square paper. i’ve used 3 different colours to help distinguish one piece from the other. you can keep some tape handy to reinforce the top vertex while you work on the other if you want, too.


2] modules

each module is folded exactly the same. start off with an M shape, folding each sheet in half, then the quarters down towards the fold. do this for all 3.


3] triangularize

starting on the right edge of the strip, fold the corner in.


take the left hand strip and fold it parallel to the triangle you just folded.


fold the strip back onto itself, and again, each triangle is made by folding the remaining paper back onto itself.


you should then have folded a square shape out of the strip. do this for all 3 sheets.


4] pockets

take a sheet and look inside the top fold – this is the pocket. note the fold lines.



5] create your first vertex.

taking another strip, insert the end of the strip into the pocket according to corresponding fold lines. they should fit together quite nicely and make an L shape.


insert the end of your first strip into the pocket of the third strip.


insert the end of the third strip into the pocket of the second.


this is where i cheat and use a bit if tape on the inside of the vertex to reinforce and keep the sheets in place while i make the next vertex.

6] vertices fall into place

this is where things get a bit tricky, and i wish i had 3 hands. take a strip and fold in back onto itself the create the opposite vertex. here, i’m taking the blue one and inserting it into the back pocket of the pink strip. remember – you want all the fold lines to be distinct and crisp – they should all be aligned and fitting into each other. if you’re not sure you’re putting the right strip into the right pocket, try it with another pocket.


essentially, the same process of step 5 is being made only its a bit tighter and backwards. each strip wraps the other together and keeps itself in place.


the blue end is inserted into the pink pocket, the pink into the green, and the green into the blue. your hexahedron is beginning to take shape!


i fold the last corner down for easier insertion.


7] behold!


your very own hexahedron! after the last insertion you can work the edges a bit to make them crisper. mine here is a bit wobbly but essentially there are 6 sides and 5 vertices.

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