Going 3D: Modular Origami - making unique decorations
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Going 3D: Modular Origami - making unique decorations

Learn to make both beautiful and practical models from a simple A4 paper sheet
4.8 (2 ratings)
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Created by Marina Makarewska
Last updated 5/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Make a desired 3D origami model out of the triangle modules - with modular origami you're not limited by set patterns
  • Fold a 3D origami triangle module out of a piece of paper
  • Select paper suitable for modular origami and effectively cut it into suitable size pieces
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  • No prior knowledge is needed. The basic material is origami paper and glue might be needed for some of the models. Other than that a tool or tools allowing cutting the paper into smaller pieces (knife, ruler and scissors or paper cutter) but it's not mandatory.

Modular origami, also called 3D origami, is a specific kind of origami that evolved in the 18th century. Instead of making a shape out of a single piece of paper the complex shapes are assembled out of tiny modules.

The purpose of this course is to show you the basic techniques for working with triangular modules - both while folding them and when assembling into more complex shapes. To complete it you don't need any previous knowledge of neither modular nor regular origami - and the required level of manual precision for modular origami is noticeably lower than for regular one, which makes it a perfect craft to do together with children.

This course does not contain a set of shapes you can repeat and be done with, but rather the generic ways of assembling the pieces together allowing you to implement them in any craft of your choice.

Who is the target audience?
  • The modular origami course is targeted at anyone who wants to create beautiful and practical models using the 3D origami technique.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:57
From paper to module
4 Lectures 15:10

Modular origami begins with paper. The average A4 sheet is 210mm x 297mm or 8.27in x 11.69in. As we cut the short side to 8 pieces and the long side to 4, we receive respectively:
First cut: 14.85cm or 8.85in
Second cut: 10.5cm or 4,14in
Third cut: 7.43cm or 2.92in
Fourth cut: 5.25cm or 2.07in
Fifth (final) cut: 3,7cm or 1.46in

Choosing and cutting paper

Let's start from the beginning and fold our first module.

Folding a module

Not every fold is perfect. What is important and needs to be fixed at all cost, and what can be skipped?

What is important and possible flaws in modules

The paper does not always cut perfectly. Can the resulting piece still be used?

Impact of paper defects
The basics of assembly
9 Lectures 25:56

We've actually been here already. Well, almost...

The simplest - the single-module loop

The simple loop is simple, but a touch of glue can turn it into something worthwhile.

Turning simple into more complex

And a quick word on piece storage


Time to make our first bowl.

Horizontal connect

Another look at the horizontal connect.

Horizontal skewed connect

And time to go vertical.

Vertical connect

A dish without a bottom is... not too useful

How about we close that hole at the bottom?

A rectangle piece of origami definitely has limits. Let's try to get pas

Widening the line

And at times we want to narrow our craft decreasing a number of modules in a row.

Narrowing the line
Advanced assembly
8 Lectures 01:00:40

Considering we now know how to widen the row it's time to look into simple conic lid.

Did anyone say lid?

And taking the cone a bit to the extreme - a flat circle.

Wide to the extreme - flat circle

A triangle box? Or maybe square... Pentagonal... Hexagonal? I know, octagonal!

Preview 08:20

Have you maybe thought of using a cross stitch pattern with the modular origami technique? Can be done!

Cross stitch pattern compatibility

Besides the regular color patterns you can add the 3d effects to your origami piece.

3D patterns

Another 3d effect - leaving empty space in the middle of your craft.

Arches and supports

Modular origami is not limited to dishes - you can easily make simple decorations like flowers or butterflies out of it.

Not a dish 1: a butterfly

A blobby figurine can be made into an animal or character of your choice with only change of color and maybe a little touch on the model itself.

Not a dish 2: the chicken
About the Instructor
Marina Makarewska
4.8 Average rating
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39 Students
1 Course
A database performance specialist looking to run away from computer with home crafts

One of my passions is my work - I love databases and have spent quite some time to become an expert with Oracle. I am a certified Oracle associate with over 10 years of experience in the field and specialize in performance tuning and reporting.

That means I spend majority of my working day staring at the monitor and in my free time I want to run away from it. As I love creating things with my own hands home crafts were an obvious choice. I started as 8-year-old with simple things like origami and crochet and since then went through multiple techniques like looming, pyrography, stitch and others.

I have a fairly technical mind so with my crafts I prefer to do things that are not only pretty but also practical. Most of them also don't need specialized tools or said tools can also be quite easily made or replaced if need be.