DIY Origami Gemstone

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

DIY Origami Gemstone | click through for the tutorial!
Simple projects are the best, and it doesn't get much simpler than a one material project, amirite? All you need to make one of these origami gemstones is a few sheets of metallic origami paper. This piece is made with 6 identical folded shapes that fit together, called modular origami. The steps and folds on this model are simple and the result is a pretty, faceted piece with lots of dimension. It's a quick and easy piece that looks really complex when it's finished. Not a lot of work for a lot of impact!

Here's what you'll need:
DIY Origami Gemstone | click through for the tutorial!

DIY Origami Gemstone | click through for the tutorial! So let's get to it! Starting with the paper face down on the table, fold the upper right corner down to the center point of the rectangle. Repeat on the left. Fold the lower right flap up to the center point, repeat on the left. Fold each of these free flaps down to the center. Gently spread out the folds. Repeat these steps with the 5 other sheets.

When you have all 6 pieces folded, it's time for the assembly. Tuck one triangular flap into the flap of another. Join these two pieces with one more, tucking the triangular flaps into the piece next to it. Once the first three pieces are joined, repeat these steps with two additional pieces, and then finally join with the last free piece to create the completed shape.

DIY Origami Gemstone | click through for the tutorial! DIY Origami Gemstone | click through for the tutorial! DIY Origami Gemstone | click through for the tutorial!

Pretty, right? I love how the metallic paper reflects the angles inside and outside. I think these would look pretty strung onto a garland or hanging vertically in front of a window. I hope you'll try to make one yourself!

P.S. Check out my other origami tutorials.


14 comments:

  1. I JUST found a pile of origami paper while cleaning out my studio last week, so I might have to attempt this - so pretty!

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  2. LOVE this. The gold just adds a lovely modern touch to a classic shape

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  3. Gorgeous! And such a cool design with the open areas.

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  4. So pretty! And the gold makes it that much more fabulous :)

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  5. Oh my gosh so pretty! And metallic origami paper is a thing? I needs to get me some

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  6. That shiny.... I LOVE this, Casey!! You are so talented <3

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  7. Nice! I've been doing some spring cleaning, too, and I just came across this paper myself - I probably bought it when I was 12. Ha!

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  8. Thanks, Maritza! :)

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  9. Thanks, Ann!

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  10. Ya! It's extra nice because it's part paper, part metallic foil so it folds really nicely. :)

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  11. Everything is better when it's gold, right??

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  12. Aw, thanks, Amy! <3

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  13. That's amazing! The shiny paper makes it even better

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