Origami Diamond Star (Francesco Guarnieri)

Origami Diamond Star (Francesco Guarnieri)

Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami.

And today I'll be teaching you how to fold an Origami Diamond Star designed by Francesco Guarnieri.

This is a great modular model, and it's perfect for the upcoming holidays.

This model requires 8 square sheets of paper.

Each unit is folded from one square, and I recommend using 4 inch squares to fold the units.

Using 4 inch squares will result in a star about 7.

5 inches wide.

I'll be using larger paper with color on one side and white on the other, just to make folding the units a bit easier to understand.

But you can also use paper with color on both sides.

Either way, it will not affect the appearance of the completed model.

And once you've prepared your paper, Then we're going to start with our first square with the white side up.

And we're going to start by folding in half diagonally.

So take this bottom right corner and fold it up to the top left corner.

Align the corners and the edge, then make your crease.

And then you can unfold.

And once you have this, then we're simply going to rotate the paper, so that the crease that we just made is now held vertically.

Now we're going to fold in this right edge and align it with this central crease that we just made.

So we're going to do that by first pulling in the right edge.

And what we want to do is start at the bottom of the model and work our way up, aligning the edge with the crease.

So again, start at the very bottom point, just like this.

And work your way up until the entire edge is aligned.

And once you have this, then you can make your crease.

And your model should look like this.

And now we're going to do the same thing on the left.

So we're going to take this left edge here, and we're simply going to fold it into that central crease just like we did on the other side.

Again, start at the bottom and work your way up aligning the edge with the crease.

And once both are completely aligned, then you can make your crease.

And then your model should look like this.

And once you have this, then we're simply going to rotate the model 180 degrees.

Now we're going to be focusing on the bottom portion of the model here.

And we're going to start by making a crease that runs along these two colored edges here.

And we're going to do that by folding up this white triangle as far as it'll go.

So we're going to start by lifting up this bottom point, and we're going to pull it up as far as it goes.

And you'll see that once it reaches a certain point, the flap won't want to go any further.

That means that you hit the two edges underneath.

And that's where you want to make your crease.

But before you make your crease, you want to make sure that the vertical crease on this flap aligns with the vertical edges on the top of the model here.

So once everything is aligned, then you can make your crease.

And then your model should look like this.

Once you have this, then we're simply going to unfold the flap that we just folded up.

And then we're going to turn the model over.

Now we're going to make a diagonal crease that runs parallel to this bottom right edge here.

And we're going to do that by taking this bottom point and aligning it with this bottom left corner here.

So we're going to do that by pulling over the right side of the model.

And again, you want to align the bottom point with the bottom left corner here.

So once both corners are aligned, the model should look like this.

And before you make your crease, you also want to make sure that this top corner on the flap that you just folded over aligns with the vertical crease on the top of the model here.

So once both corners are aligned, your model should look like this.

Then you can make your crease.

And once you have this, then you can unfold.

Now we're going to do the same thing on the left.

So we're going to make a new diagonal crease that runs parallel to this bottom left edge here.

And again, we're going to do that by taking this bottom point and aligning it with this bottom right corner here.

So we're going to start by pulling over the left side of the model.

And again, you want to make sure that the bottom point aligns with the bottom right corner.

And just like we did on the other side, you also want to make sure that the top corner of the flap that we just folded over aligns with the vertical crease on the top of the model here.

You can also use the new crease that you just made as an additional reference.

And once everything is aligned, then you can make your crease.

Then your model should look like this.

Then you can unfold.

Now we're going to turn the model over.

And once it's turned over, we're going to unfold these two colored flaps from the beginning.

And once you've done that, you should be left with your original square.

So once you have something like this, then we're going to turn the model over once again.

Now we're going to extend this diagonal crease by folding this top corner down to align with the bottom corner.

So we're going to do that by simply pulling down the top corner.

And once it's aligned with the bottom corner, then you can crease all the way across.

And it's important that you crease all the way across because you'll need this crease to be in a specific orientation while you're collapsing the model.

Now we're going to make an angle bisector on the right side of the model by taking this bottom point here and aligning it with this point where the leftmost crease aligns with this top edge here.

So we're going to do that by lifting up this top layer here.

And we're going to align this bottom corner with this crease intersection that I mentioned before.

So once the corner and the intersection are aligned, then you should have something like this.

And we're not going to crease all the way across.

We're going to start at this right corner here and work our way over to the left making a crease until you run into this crease here.

If you go any further, you'll add unnecessary creases to your completed model.

So once you've made this small crease, then you can unfold.

And your model should look like this.

And now we're going to do the same thing on the left.

So we're going to make a new angle bisector by taking this bottom corner and aligning it with this point here where this crease intersects with the top edge.

And again, we're going to do that by first lifting up this top layer here.

And we're going to align this bottom corner with this crease intersection that I mentioned before.

So once the corner is aligned with that intersection, then your model should look something like this.

So again, start at this left corner, and work your way over to the right until you reach this crease here.

And once you've made this new small crease, then you can unfold.

And your model should look something like this.

And once you have this, then we're going to lift up the model and we're going to unfold the layer from behind so that we're back to the square that we started with.

And once you have this, then we're going to rotate the paper clockwise, so that the diagonal crease that we were just working with now runs from the top left corner down to the bottom left corner.

And now we're going to make a horizontal crease that extends between the crease that we just made and this central crease intersection here.

And we're going to do that by folding the paper in half horizontally.

So take this bottom edge and fold it up to this top edge here.

Align the corners and the edges.

And once everything is aligned, we're not going to crease all the way across.

And we're simply going to fold between this first crease and this second crease here.

And once you've made this small crease, then you can unfold.

And you'll see that you've added this crease here.

And once you have that, then we're going to rotate the paper counter-clockwise so that the crease we just made is now held vertically.

So now we're going to do the same thing in the opposite direction.

We're going to make a small horizontal crease here, just like we did on the other side.

And we're going to do that by again folding in half horizontally.

So take the bottom edge and fold it up to the top edge.

Align the corners and the edges.

And once everything is aligned, then we're not going to crease all the way across.

Again, we're only going to make a small crease, and this time we're only going to crease in between these two creases here.

So we're going to start at the right and work our way over to the left only folding between this first crease and this second crease here.

So once you've made this small crease, then we're simply going to unfold.

And you'll see that you've made this new crease here.

And once you have this, then we're going to rotate the paper clockwise so that the paper is now held like a diamond.

And then you want to make sure that the new creases that you just made are now oriented like this.

Now we've finished all of the pre-creasing that we'll need for this model.

All of the creases should already be in the correct orientation.

So all that's left is to collapse along these existing creases.

And from here on out, I'll only be marking the creases that are essential to each step.

And we're going to start by focusing on these 4 angle bisectors that I've marked here.

Each of these creases should already be a valley fold.

But just to make sure, we're going to reinforce each of the creases once again.

So just quickly reinforce each of these creases.

And once you have something like this, Then we're going to gently push the left and right sides of the model in towards one another along the creases that we just reinforced.

And then your model should look something like this.

Now we're going to focus on this horizontal crease that I've marked here.

And what we want to do is make sure that that crease is a mountain fold.

So I find that the easiest way to do that is to push up from underneath the model, just like this.

And bring the left and right sides of the model closer to one another.

And as you're doing this, you'll see that you're also reinforcing this vertical valley fold that runs down the center of the model here.

So simply bring the left and right sides of the model closer together, just like this.

And now we're going to focus on these two creases that I've marked in the middle of the model here.

And I also find it helpful to continue pushing the left and right sides of the model closer together just to ensure that both of those creases are mountain folds.

Now we're going to focus on these two valley folds that I've marked here.

And we're going to start with this right side, and what we want to do is take this right point And we're going to fold it into this central crease intersection along the valley fold that I marked here.

And we're going to do that by pushing this right point in to align with the central crease intersection by collapsing along the valley fold that I marked before.

And once you've done that, then the right side of your model should look like this.

And now we're going to do the same thing on the left.

So we're going to fold this left corner here in to align with the same central crease intersection by folding along this marked valley fold here.

So again, just push in this left corner, just like we did before.

And once you've done that to both sides, your model should look like this.

And now we're going to focus on the top portion of the model here.

Now we're going to fold this top corner down and align it with this corner on the right side of the model.

And we're going to do that by introducing a new valley fold here.

So what we're going to do is simply pinch that crease from underneath just to make sure it's a valley fold.

Then we're going to bring these 2 corners together.

So we can start by pushing down on the left side of the model like this.

And then we simply want to bring the two corners together, again collapsing along the valley fold that we just made.

And once you've done that, then your model should look something like this.

And now we just need to release these 2 trapped layers from underneath.

And we're going to do that by lifting up this top layer that we just folded down.

And then we're going to start with this flap on the left.

And all we need to do is simply reach inside the model, pull out the flap, and place it down right on top of that top layer, just like this.

And then we're going to do the same thing with this right flap.

So just pull it out from the right side of the model, just like this.

And again you can place it down right on top of that top layer.

And once you've done that to both sides, your model should look like this.

Then you can turn the model over.

And this is one completed unit.

Now you must fold 7 more.

Once you've completed all 8 units, then we can start the assembly.

So we're going to start by taking our first unit, and then we're going to flip it over so that we can see that each unit has a flap like this on the left side.

And each unit has a pocket underneath this layer here on the right side.

So from here we're going to take a second unit.

And what we want to do is insert the flap on the right side of the second unit underneath the pocket on the right side of the first unit.

So we're going to do that by bringing both units together.

Again, by sliding this flap under this pocket.

Just like this.

And you continue bringing the units together until they're completely aligned.

Just slide them together like this.

And then you'll notice this additional triangular flap from the second unit.

And what we want to do with that is simply fold it over to the right as far as it'll go.

So we're just going to push it over to the right.

And you'll see that it'll collapse along an existing crease.

And now what we want to do is take the flap that you just folded over and tuck it underneath the top layer of this second unit here.

So what we want to do is simply lift up the top layer of the second unit, just like this.

And we're going to tuck that flap underneath.

Just like that.

And once your model looks like this from the bottom, then you can turn it over, and it should look like this from the top.

And if we turn it over one last time, then you've connected 2 units.

Now we're going to take a third unit and we're going to attach it the same way.

And we're going to do that by again sliding the third unit's flap underneath the second unit's pocket.

So we're going to do that, just like we did before by bringing the second and third units together.

So just slide the third unit's flap underneath the second unit's pocket.

And then you should get something like this.

And once again, you'll notice this additional triangular flap from the third unit.

And what we want to do is again fold it over to the right as far as it'll go.

So just fold it over like that along the existing crease.

Then your model should look like this.

Then again, you simply want to tuck this flap underneath the top layer on the third unit.

So we're going to lift up the third unit, slide that flap underneath, just like this.

Then you can flatten it out.

And the model should look like this from underneath.

If you turn the model over, it should look something like this.

And now you've connected 3 units.

And now we're going to take a fourth unit, and we're going to connect it the same way.

So we're going to do that by taking the fourth unit's flap and inserting it underneath the third unit's pocket, just like we've been doing.

We're going to slide the third and fourth units together, just like this.

And then your model should look like this.

And again, you'll notice the additional triangular flap from the fourth unit.

So what we want to do is fold it over to the right as far as it goes.

And once again, you simply want to tuck this flap underneath the top layer of the fourth unit.

So simply lift up the fourth unit, slide that flap underneath, just like this.

Bring the units together, and you should have something like this.

If you turn the model over, it should look like this.

And now you've connected 4 units.

And now we're going to connect the remaining 4 units the same way.

Once you've connected the 8th unit to the 7th unit, you'll also need to connect the 1st and 8th units together.

So we're going to do that the same way we did before.

So we're going to have to take this first unit, and we're going to pull out the flap from underneath.

So pull it out so that the 1st unit's flap is now on top.

And we're going to slide the 1st unit's flap through the pocket of the 8th unit, just like we've been doing.

Slide it through, just like this.

And once again, you'll notice that extra triangular flap from the first unit.

And just like we've been doing, we're going to fold it over to the right as far as it'll go.

So I find it easiest to pick up the entire model and simply fold that flap over to the right, just like this.

And then you simply want to tuck this flap underneath the top layer of the first unit.

So simply lift up the first unit, slide that flap underneath, just like this.

And then your model should look like this.

And if you turn it over, then your Diamond Star is complete! I hope you've enjoyed this video tutorial on how to fold an Origami Diamond Star designed by Francesco Guarnieri.

Feel free to submit photos of your completed Diamond Star to the new YouTube Gallery on my website below.

Also, please visit Francesco's website and Flickr gallery to see more of his amazing work.

Links are in the description below.

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