Thirty Days Project: Day 5

Lucky for me that I’m a freelancer, as otherwise I would have just spent an important hour of work hiding away at my desk, making a 16-pointed star. Only one more piece to make before I’m officially caught up and my life can resume its normal (ridiculous) pace…



If you’re interested in making your own, head on over to Origami Instructions for detailed photos!

Thirty Days of Origami – Day #19: Origami Omega Star



This six-part, modular star was designed by Philip Shen. I found a link to the diagram on Leyla Torres’ Origami Spirit website. It was a little time consuming figuring out how to sink the center of each modular piece, especially since the diagram skips that part. After that, though, it was a pretty simple job of finishing up the folds and joining the six pieces. Now I’m only six pieces of origami behind my goal – let’s see if I can get another couple done today!

Thirty Days of Origami – Days #14, 15 & 16 (Origami Horse, Card Case & Modular Star)

I fell behind in my origami duties this week, but here you go…






I’m exhausted and still have to get some grant writing done today, so not going to write too much. I wasted most of the afternoon making these (and other failed attempts at about six other patterns). I had intended to make up all of my missed origami today, but I’ll have to play catch up again tomorrow because this took way too long. If you’re interested in making any of these patterns, you can find the instructions here:

Click here for the card case diagram.

Click here for the horse diagram.

Click here for helpful instructions on making the modular origami star.

Thirty Days of Origami – Day #13: Origami Lesser Stellated Dodecahedron

I have no idea how to pronounce “dodecahedron,” but I made one! This project was difficult – it took me almost two hours to complete. It’s still not perfect; I’ll count this as my model, now that I know what I need to do to make this thing look a little more uniform than it looks right now. Don’t get me wrong – I’m ridiculously psyched that I managed to build this crazy 3-D model all by myself on the first try. However, now that I’ve done it, I see where I could make improvements, and I definitely want to try again. I can only imagine how gorgeous this would be if I’d used translucent plastic sheets, or even metallic sheets. To make this I cut 6″ x 6″ sheets into quarters, and it turned out to be a pretty large model, a little bit bigger than a softball. At a much smaller scale, something like this would make a gorgeous Christmas ornament, too. If you’re interested in trying this pattern, here’s a diagram. There’s a video, too, though it’s in fast forward and a little hard to follow…

Also, as many of you might know, I’ve been doing origami every day as a part of the Thirty Days Project. One of my other friends and coworkers, Gary, has been doing a daily video blog as his contribution to the project. Today’s video happens to feature me as I’m making this monstrosity. You should check it out!

Thirty Days of Origami – Day #10 (Origami Robin Star)


This one isn’t hard – just time consuming. It’s a modular star shape designed by Maria Sinayskaya. It requires 8 small squares of paper, so I used two 6″ x 6″ pieces of paper, cut into quarters. I’m actually considering folding up a bunch of pretty Christmas ornaments in this shape for the holidays. Here’s a video that shows how to do it.