Origami Kusudama: Rain Star (Aldo Marcell)

Origami Kusudama: Rain Star (Aldo Marcell)

Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami, and today I'll be teaching you how to fold an Origami Rain Star designed by Aldo Marcell.

This is a simple origami kusudama, and it looks great when it's completed.

This model requires 11 square sheets of paper.

Each unit is folded from a rectangle with a dimension ratio of 1:3, so before folding the units, I'll show you how to cut each square to the correct dimensions using a folding tool.

You will need 10 squares to fold the units, and you'll need an additional square of the same size for the folding tool.

So you'll need a total of 11 equally sized squares.

I recommend using 4.

5" squares to fold this model.

Using 4.

5" squares will result in a star about 6" wide.

I'm going to be using larger paper with color on one side and white on the other just to make it a bit easier to follow along.

And we're going to start by making the folding tool.

So take one square, and make sure it's the same size as the other 10 squares you will use for the units.

And once you have your paper, start with the white side up, and we're going to fold in half diagonally.

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

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

And then unfold.

And now we're going to fold up this bottom edge and align it with this diagonal crease we just made.

So we're going to start by pulling up the bottom edge.

Then what we want to do is start at the bottom left corner, and work our way up and over to the right aligning the edge with the crease.

Just like this.

And once the entire edge is aligned, then you can make your crease.

Then you can unfold.

Now we're going to rotate the paper so that the creases that we just made now extend from this top right corner here.

Then what we want to do is fold over this right edge and align it with this top diagonal crease that we just made.

So we're going to do that by first lifting up this right edge, and we're going to pull it over to the left.

Then what we want to do is start at the top right corner and work our way down and over to the left aligning the edge with that crease.

Just like this.

And once the entire edge is aligned, then you can make your crease.

And your model should look like this.

Then you can unfold the flap that we just folded in.

And now I want you to notice this point here, where the crease that we just made intersects with this bottom edge.

And what we want to do is make a new vertical crease that extends upward from that point.

So we're going to do that by pulling over this left edge.

And we're going to slowly pull it over to the right until you notice this point here where the crease intersects with the bottom edge.

Once you've reached that point, that's where you want to make your crease.

But before you do so, you also want to make sure that the white and colored edges on the top and bottom of the model are aligned.

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

And your model should look like this.

And we'll use this as the folding tool to help cut the rectangles for the units.

So once you have this, then we're going to take one of the ten squares that we prepared for the units, and we're going to hold it with the white side up.

Then what we want to do is pick up the square, And we're going to slide it in between the two layers of the folding tool by pushing it to the left as far as it will go.

And once the left edge of the square is aligned with the left edge of the folding tool, then you should have something like this.

And from here we want to fold over the right edge of the square and align it with the colored edge of the folding tool.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the right edge.

and we're going to pull it over to the left until both of the colored edges are aligned.

Just like this.

Once they're completely aligned, then you can make your crease.

And then you can pull the square outside of the folding tool, and you should have something like this.

And for now we're going to put the folding tool aside and focus on the first square.

Then what we want to do is simply unfold the flap that we just folded in.

So we're going to pull that flap over to the right so that we're back to the original square.

And now we're going to fold over this left edge and align it with this vertical crease.

So we're going to do that by first lifting up the left edge, and we're going to pull it over to the right.

And once the entire colored edge is aligned with that vertical crease, then you can make your crease.

Just like this.

And then you can unfold.

And then what you want to do is cut the paper along these two vertical creases that we just created.

And once you've done that, you'll be left with these 3 rectangles with a dimension ratio of 1:3 which we'll use for the units.

So once you have your first three rectangles, then you want to repeat this same process on the remaining 9 squares that you prepared for the units.

And once you've done that, you'll be left with 30 rectangles with a dimension ratio of 1:3.

And now we're going to start with our first rectangle with the white side up.

And it's important to mention that the color you have facing up will be the color of the stars on the completed kusudama.

And we're going to start by folding over this right edge and aligning it with this top edge here.

So we're going to do that by first lifting up this bottom right corner.

And we're going to pull it up and over to the left.

Then we want to start at the top right corner and work our way over to the left until both of those edges are aligned.

Just like this.

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

We just want to make a small reference crease at the bottom of the model here.

And then you can unfold the flap that we just folded in.

And now we're going to fold over this bottom right corner and align it with the bottom of the reference crease that we just made.

So we're going to do that by pulling over this right edge, and we're going to pull it over until the corner and the reference crease are aligned.

Just like this.

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

Again we just want to make a small reference crease on the bottom of the model here.

And then you can unfold the flap that we just folded in.

And now we're going to rotate the paper 180 degrees, and we're going to do the same thing.

So once again, we're going to start by folding over this right edge and aligning it with this top edge here.

So we're going to do that by pulling up this bottom right corner.

Then we want to start at the top right and work our way over to the left aligning both of those edges.

Just like this.

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

We just want to make a small reference crease on the bottom of the model.

And once you've done that, then you can unfold the flap that we just folded in.

Then from here we're going to fold over the bottom right corner and align it with the bottom of the reference crease that we just made.

So once again, we're going to pull over this right edge until that bottom corner and that reference crease are completely aligned.

Just like this.

Once again, we're not going to crease all the way.

We just want to make a small reference crease on the bottom of the model here.

And then you can unfold.

And now we're going to turn the paper over and then we're going to rotate 90 degrees so that the reference creases that we just made are now held on the top left and bottom right edges of the model.

And now we're going to focus on these two horizontal reference creases that I've marked here.

And what we want to do is fold up this bottom right reference crease and align it with this reference crease on the top left.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the bottom of the model.

And we're going to pull it up and over to the left, just like this, until both of those reference creases are completely aligned.

And once they're aligned, you'll also see that the white and colored edges meet at that point as well.

Then you can make your crease.

Then we're going to rotate the model, just like this, so that the white folded edge is now held on top.

Now we're going to make a crease that extends from this top right corner down to where these two reference creases intersect.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the right side of the model and we're going to pull it up and over to the left.

And as you're doing this, you'll start to see this colored edge underneath.

The new crease that we're making should align with that edge.

So what you want to do is simply line up the paper with the layer underneath, just like this.

Then you can make your crease.

You'll see that both of these colored edges are now aligned.

And now we're going to turn the model over and we're going to do the same thing.

So now we're going to make a crease that extends from this top right corner down to where this reference crease intersects with this left edge.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the right side of the model, and we're going to pull it up and over to the left, just like this.

And as you're doing this, you'll start to see that colored edge underneath.

Again, the new crease that we'll be making should line up with that colored edge, So we're simply going to align the paper with that layer underneath, just like this.

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

And your model should look like this.

Then we're going to rotate the paper 180 degrees.

And from here we're going to fold up this bottom corner on this colored flap and align it with this point here, where the white and colored edges intersect.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the bottom right corner on that colored flap and we're going to pull it up and over to the left until the corner aligns with the intersection that I mentioned before.

Just like this.

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

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

And we're going to do the same exact thing.

So once again we're going to fold up the bottom corner on this colored flap and align it with this point here where the white and colored edges intersect.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the bottom right corner on the colored flap.

And we're going to pull it up and over to the left until it aligns with that intersection.

Just like this.

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

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

And now we're going to unfold this top layer of paper along an existing crease.

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

And from here we want to fold this white flap over to the left along this colored edge here.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the white flap.

And we're going to pull it over to the left as far as it'll go.

Just like this.

And once the flap aligns with the colored edge underneath, then you can make your crease.

And once you have that, then we're going to rotate the paper 180 degrees and we're going to do the same exact thing.

So once again we're going to fold over this white flap along this colored edge here.

So we're going to do that by lifting up the white flap, pulling it over to the left as far as it'll go, and once it's aligned with that colored edge underneath, then you can make your crease.

And once you've done that on both sides, then we're going to turn the model over.

And once again, we're going to focus on the bottom of the model here.

And now we're going to fold this small white flap over to the left along this white edge here.

So we're going to do that, just like we did before, by pulling that flap over to the left as far as it'll go.

And once the flap aligns with the white edge underneath, then you can make your crease.

And your model should look like this.

Then we're going to rotate 180 degrees, and we're going to do the same thing.

So once again we're going to fold this white flap over to the left as far as it'll go.

So we're simply going to lift it up, pull it over to the left, and once the small flap aligns with the white edge underneath, then you can make your crease.

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

Then we're going to unfold the two flaps that we just folded in.

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

And then we're going to unfold the top and bottom flaps once again.

So we're going to start by pulling the bottom flap over to the right, just like this.

Then we're going to pull the top flap over to the left.

Then we're going to lift up the model, and we're going to unfold the top and bottom flaps once again.

So what we're going to do is grab this top flap from behind and we're going to pull it over to the right like this.

Then we're going to grab the bottom flap from behind, and we're going to pull it over to the left, like this.

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

And this is one completed unit.

Now you must fold 29 more.

Once you've folded all 30 units, you're going to need 2 to start the assembly.

Then, look at one and you'll notice that it has a flap like this on each side, and it also has a pocket underneath these white layers here on each side.

So once again, we're going to take our second unit.

And what we want to do is insert the second unit's flap inside of the first unit's pocket.

So we're going to do that by lifting up both units.

Then what we're going to do is bring them together, by again making sure that the second unit's flap goes underneath the first unit's pocket.

Just like this, then you want to continue bringing both units together until they're completely aligned.

So just continue pushing them together like this, and then you'll see that the the white flaps on the top of both units are aligned.

And you'll also see that the creases on both units align as well.

And this is important because that's what's going to hold the units together.

So I suggest reinforcing existing mountain folds, just like this.

And once you've done that, then you've connected the first two units.

And now we're going to add a third unit this same way.

And we're going to do that by inserting the third unit's flap inside of the second unit's pocket, just like we did before.

So we're going to pick up all three units.

And again we want to bring the second and third units together, making sure that the third unit's flap goes inside of the second unit's pocket just like we did before.

So you want to continue sliding the second and third units together as far as they'll go, until they're completely aligned.

And once you've done that, you'll see that the white flaps on all 3 units will align.

And you'll see that their creases will align as well.

Again, it may help to slightly reinforce the existing mountain folds just to hold the units in place.

But once you've done that, then you've connected 3 units.

And now we're going to add a fourth unit this same way.

So once again, we're going to insert the fourth unit's flap inside of the third unit's pocket, just like we've been doing.

Again, continue to slide both units together as far as they'll go, until they're completely aligned, just like this.

Again, you may want to reinforce existing mountain folds just to hold the units in place.

And once you've done that, then you've connected four units.

And now we're going to add the fifth unit this same way.

So we're going to insert the fifth unit's flap inside of the fourth unit's pocket, just like we've been doing.

So you want to continue sliding the fourth and fifth units together as far as they'll go, until they're completely aligned.

And from here we want to connect the first and fifth units together.

So we're going to slightly rotate the model.

And we carefully want to pull the first unit's flap out from underneath, just like this.

And what we want to do is insert the first unit's flap inside of the fifth unit's pocket just like we've been doing.

So we're going to bring the first and fifth units together, just like this.

And you may have to slightly flatten out the fourth and fifth units just to get the first unit inside.

So you want to continue pushing the first unit's flap inside as far as it'll go.

And make sure you push it in far enough that the creases on the first and fifth units are aligned.

Once you've done that, your model should look like this from the top.

And it should look like this from underneath.

So we're just going to turn the model back over, and now you'll see that we've assembled these 5 units to create this white 5-pointed star.

So what we want to do from here is repeat this process on the other ends of these 5 units.

So you just want to continue adding units this same way, by making a 5-pointed star on both ends of each unit.

And once you've created a 5-pointed star on both ends of the initial 5 units, your model should look like this.

Then if you turn it over, it should look something like this.

And then you want to repeat this process by making 5-pointed stars on both ends of the remaining units.

So just continue adding units this same way until you've reached the last one.

And once you've assembled all 30 units, your model should look like this.

And your Origami Rain Star is complete.

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