In this video, I’m going to show you how to fold a modular origami Braided Star designed by Maria Sinayskaya. Do check out Maria’s website, goorigami.com and her Flickr stream, www.flickr.com/goorigami for more of her designs and absolutely stunning folds and photography. Now this model I folded from 8 sheets of foil-backed crumpled paper I think the effect is really beautiful Each square sheet had a side length of 5 cm or 2 in and the diameter of this star — that’s the distance between these 2 points — is a bit over 7 cm or 2 3/4 in In the video, I’m going to be using slightly larger paper and it’s going to be a bit more plain 8 sheets and it’s important for the braided look that you have a different color on front and back So, four of the modules I’m going to fold with the white side up and four with the yellow side up. The side length of each square is 7.5 cm or 3 in And then the diameter of the star will be about 10 cm or 4 in. Now I did want to mention that if you don’t fold half of the modules with the white side up and half with the color side up, you get a slightly different effect. I wanted to show this in this model, where you can see you don’t really see the braided effect but rather you have this star within the large star emerging. So, if you prefer this look, which I think is also absolutely stunning, then do fold all of them with the same color up. So we’re going to start and we’re going to fold one module and I’m going to start with the white side up for a mainly colored module, but the white side will also show. I’m first going to fold point to point, to crease the diagonal. Unfold, rotate and crease the other diagonal. Now we’re again going to unfold. We’re going to take the lower edge and bring it to the central crease making a crease right along here, but just to the center, to prepare a rabbit ear fold. So we’re creasing but only up to this crease This section does not need to be creased Unfold and repeat on the other side. Again, only creasing to that crease right here. Then we can fold in both at the same time and we have this tip emerging and we’re going to fold it over to the right side. Just like that. Now we’re going to rotate the model and then take the left edge and fold it up. Now we’re going to flip the model over, just like that and then take this edge down here and again, bring it to the central crease. Now we want to orient the model like this. We’re going to start a crease that goes right through the center, where there’s this cross here. So what I like to do is I actually like to start pinching that I’m hoping the camera will kind of pick it up. So I’m kind of bending this paper and the paper should be weakest in that cross here. So it should be fairly easy to get a pinch mark that goes through that section. And can you see, I did it at a slight angle. Now for the exact correct angle, I’m now going to align this small edge right here with the rest of that edge, so that it’s perpendicular. And by pinching that before doing this, it will fall into place correctly. And same thing on the other side. Just pressing that so that I get a nice precise fold here and make a strong crease. Then flip over, so that you have this small white triangle showing and take this tip right here and bring it to that point. Not this one, but that one. And that prepares the braid. And again, make a nice sharp crease. And then unfold this and our first module is done. Now I’m going to show you the whole thing again, just a bit more quickly and this time with the color side up for a white module. First crease the diagonals. Then make a rabbit ear. Collapse the rabbit ear over to the right. Rotate, bring in the edge, flip over, bring in the other edge, pinch the paper into place, align to get exact precision, flip over and fold down the tip to prepare the braid. And your second module is done. Once you’ve completed all your modules, take one white one and one colored one. You can see that each of these modules has a flap right here and there’s a pocket right here So we’re going to insert that flap into the pocket, aligning the two tips and then taking this corner right here and tucking it inside that pocket. And then continue with the next module always alternating the colors. Tuck inside once and twice. And for the last module, you’re also going to tuck it inside, align it, like that and then I’m kind of taking these, pulling it apart a bit, so that I can bring this colored module to the front. Can you see that, pulling it apart and bringing it to the front. Just like that. And then you want to tuck in that flap into this pocket. And I find it easier to actually unfold this a little and then tuck that inside and then refold it. And then you can also tuck in this corner, of course, Like that. Then we’re going to flip it over and each of these corners goes into pockets too. Like that. Then flip over again and now let’s do the magic of forming the braid. First going to fold along the creases we’ve prepared, forming this structure right here and kind of make sure that when you kind of get to the 6th one, that you let the beginning unfold a little, so that you can align these correctly, so that it’s symmetrical. Now you’ve got these tips and you’ve got pockets right here and you’re going to insert the tip into that pocket and you go around once. Always inserting the tip into the pocket. That’s the action right there, going inside the pocket. And that locks it and gives it a nice finished look. And once you’re around once your Braided Star from the Corona series, designed by Maria Sinayskaya is all done. Now just for a quick comparison if you fold all colored modules, then you get this effect. And the reverse is a quite plain star, but still beautiful so that it’s very nice to hang these, perhaps from a string or on a window. Do head over to Maria Sinayskaya’s website and her Flickr stream She has a lot of amazing work and especially for Christmas. It’s just such a pleasure to even just look and be inspired. So I hope you enjoyed this video on her Braided Star and I wish you Happy Folding!