Christmas Origami Instructions: Pelleas Box (Peter Keller)

Christmas Origami Instructions: Pelleas Box (Peter Keller)


In this video i am going to show you how to fold a decorative 3D star called pelleas box designed by Peter Keller Diagrams for this model are available in Peter’s Etsy shop and you can explore more of his fantastic work in his Flickr stream I will note that this piece is decorative only and not really suited for opening and closing still its absolutely stunning specially if you use special papers like i did here thick or stronger paper looks really well but in this video i used plain printer paper to show you that works too. I did color it with acrylic paint very very simply just so that its easier to distinguish the reverse and the front of the paper. I used the blue as the dominant color and the yellow for the inside star. I also have a video that shows how to color a printer paper with acrylic paint to get a bit more depth by using different colours. Now this model is actually folded from a hexagon so you first have to cut a hexagon from this sheet. I also have a video showing how to cut a hexagon from rectangle or square But i very quickly go through it here. If you use some printer paper the resulting model will have a diameter of about 9.5cm or 3 and 3/4 quarter of an inch and a height of 4cm or a bit over 1.5 inches. So lets get started We are first going to turn this over to the yellow side the side with the color of the central star and fold in half. You do need a rectangle for this method of cutting a hexagon but if you use printer paper be it A4 or US letter you are fine. You can also see that i didn’t color the whole paper sort of to show you that it really is printer paper but we don’t need that because the rest of the paper will be cut away. I think there might be slight just a very little bit of white for the blue side but that should be ok. Now we are going to start a crease in the halfway point so that this point right here lies on the other crease line to get a 60 degree angle which is what we require for that hexagon. and you do the same on the other side Then we can unfold those and then bring that edge so that alignes with the crease line we just created. Again folding a 60 degree angle we can make strong creases throughout because all of this creases are required for the box and same thing on the other side. Try to work precisely here because then you will get a nice and precise hexagon which makes the model looks just that much nicer. and then you take this edge and align it with the crease line we just created And then you can see your hexagon here and now you have to cut these to edges and these two edges and then you can start it Now we have our hexagon and you can see i was reffering that there might be a slight white spot just because i didn’t color quite enough but that’s ok. You can see we have four sections here we are going to add four sections on each side by bringing the edge, the raw edge to the central crease always making strong creases and another one here And now we are going to devide each of this sections in half again by bringing edge to folded crease line And crease line to crease line. I did a video on how to fold square grids accurately. So if you want to check that out. The technique of always dividing into half to get better precision. It doesn’t really matter whether you are doing a square or right here a 60 degree angle lines. So once you have got that we are going to rotate this so that one of the points is in the bottom and we are going to align that point by going down one, two, three of those triangles and then crease throughout so on the side you will see that you are dividing one triangle in half and then repeat. and once you completed all of that we are going to use these creases to collapse. So we have got two right here So we want to fold one in and the other and then right here we are going to bring that to a point and then collapse this down going along this crease line in a mountain fold and the one next to it will be a valley fold see that. If we just collapse it down we will see that this would turn into a valley fold. Then we are going to take just the top layer and push it down And then push these sides inside Pushing these sides inside like this I will show you again in a close up in a second So that you just push this together and then open it up aligning this edge with that folded edge to make a new crease and same thing on the other side and collapsing down on existing creases up here Then we are going to go to the next one so you can see here is one long triangle and then we can go along another one of these long creases you know where you folded that triangle in half so that right here you can see a hexagon appearing and when you have that you again remember that we had this long triangle and have that collapsed down, like that. So now here we can see in a close up view we are taking a top layer pushing it down and then pushing this paper inside and same on the other side and for this we are just going to release this paper here a bit there you go and then just make sure to go along existing creases push the paper inside and then again bring those raw edges to the folded edges Make a new crease here in the center on both sides and then you can re collapse that and then just make it symmetrical and then we move on to the next one We are again using one of these triangles as a reference Then go along one of those long creases folding a triangle in half opening up the paper going along these creases in mountain folds to collapse by having a valley fold along here And again we can push down release some paper here to make it a bit easier and then push the paper inside you can see here it goes all the way to that top point and the bottom and same here just pushing that paper inside and then folding it out and making a new crease on each side and then here again pushing both sides to make it symmetrical and the next one again one long triangle open up and fold. And now here, you can see there is some folded paper already so just open that up slightly. There you go, so that you can collapse it as before and then ensure that you are again collapsing that triangle as before and again pushing the paper inside releasing paper here straightening it out so that it goes along existing crease lines and then creating some new creases right in the center and making this symmetrical and again we are going along this long crease line right here and now if you flip it over you can see we have a hexagon so for this step just going to ensure that we just go along here and don’t open up the rest of the section and now we have to do two at the same time in some way so we have got this one and opening this up just a little bit so that we can see those crease line right here from that triangle there you go. So that you have both of them collapsed and then we are just going to concentrate on one so we can fold this over like that release the paper as before and then again push together and fold to the outside on both sides and make this symmetrical and then we have got the last one right here and again open up and release this paper to make it easier push the paper together fold it to the outside on each side and then make it symmetrical pushing down this paper here and the same here pushing down the paper to make it symmetrical so now we have this hexagon Now we are always going to open two of these adjoining flaps folding them in half and then we are going to first fold that tip up to hide the yellow paper and then we are going to take this edge and bring it over to that edge to shape the central star make a strong crease same thing on the other side and then we are going to fold those inside flatten them out and move on to the next one fold the tip up strengthen the crease and shape the inner star and fold inside and again straight from the creases flattening the paper open up fold up flatten fold inside fold back and flatten now you have the base done and next is a very crucial step where you bend the paper between these two points of each of the tips of the star and that makes it easier to then make pelleas box 3D cause if you don’t do this, the paper might unfold and by bending this it’s not going to unfold as easily So I am just taking my finger in about that position and bending it down you can even do mountain folds here but i find that its enough to just bend the paper here and bring it into shape and now you just need to pop this open i find it a bit easier to use a tool here so for example, you could use depending on the size of course, a toothpick. I am just using a simple skewer here, something with not too much of a point and i am just going to push this down so that it turns 3D a little then going to push on this crease right here to encourage the paper to go along this crease line right here and that one right there so that these will be mountain folds and you can even go inside like this, sideways to open it up a little so that you can push on the crease and if you have strong paper this is going to be much easier so for example if you use elephant hide its really going to snap into place but even with printer paper it works quite well you just have to be a bit more careful and as I mentioned using a tool is then really much easier and here I am just going to start popping this up a little more and usually the first or the first two are a bit more difficult and after that the model really wants to go into that shape and just going to ensure that I am going along those crease lines and then there you go you have your pelleas box designed by Peter Keller all done Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous and beautiful? and you know if you have slight dents in here again you can just go inside with something quite thin and just straightening it out and then its all perfect and beautiful I hope you enjoyed this video So how about you now try and fold the starbowl designed by Dasa Severova or check out my playlist of origami boxes and containers I’ve also got a playlist of christmas and winter related models which you may enjoy. Subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss my next videos and finally do check out my website happyfolding.com for more origami content I hope to see you arround and Happy Folding!

42 thoughts on “Christmas Origami Instructions: Pelleas Box (Peter Keller)

  1. thanks for the upload. It's a beautiful model!
    I had to try it out right after you uploaded it.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/sourapril/15654841766/

  2. Thank you for the video! I couldn't believe it when I just saw that you made that video because a couple of days ago I worked my way through the diagram. At least to me it is a bit difficult to fold by a CP and definitely much more difficult than by a video tutorial. I really enjoy and appreciate your tutorials. There's so much to learn and to fold 😃

  3. Ah man that collapsing step is hard. It took me about an hour to figure it out. and I'm intermediate in Origami, still it was worth it.

  4. I also designed a Mr. Happyfolding model. It's not too complex but it is still pretty challenging. Would you like to see it? I could email it to you.

  5. This actually looks a bit like a model i created(or atleast i think i am the first to) a year ago. I can post a picture if you want.

  6. This is wonderful! I made one with some rhino-hide paper from origami-shop that I painted and folded. I like how this model almost looks like it could be modular. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I made this as a giftbox  to my 20 years old grandson and put some monney in it.
    Thank you very much for this video.

  8. I love this model! Did you learned it with the diagram I have drawn? 🙂 Very good tutorial as always! And the paper is so beautiful.

  9. Very cool! But i ended up pulling my hair off because i could not pass past the fourth fold¡ ….ARGHHHHH! 🙁 gonna try it again tomorrow and hope to have better luck! GREAT VIDEO THOUGH AND VERY WELL EXPLAINED! Keep up the good work. I will be following your channel love all ypur videos

  10. Thanks for demonstrating this model. Peter shared a CP for an Octagonal gift box recently and have become a big fan…
    Every time I see this model I think of a thin long candle jutting out of the center, or an oil lamp inside, with the wick aflame…
    Would have to use Parchment and Foil to make the box….Hmm, paper and fire…how to put a battery operated fake flame in that thing….
    Making a hexagon from a rectangle is way easier than from a square…thank you again for explaining.

  11. I just submitted a complete English subtitle for this video as this is one of my favorite model. I am hoping to submit a Bengali subtitle soon. Thank you.

  12. I completed the star. A bit challenging, but following your tutorial, especially the very helpful closeups, made it possible. Now to practice the technique, then try with two-sided paper. Thanks again.

  13. I love this star, but I had alot of difficulty because I started with a square paper, and in the tutorial you link for the square paper hexagon, it doesnt end up with the same creases as this video with you staring with a rectangle. So I had to guess some creases and nothing matched up in the end. Maybe it was just me, I'm not sure. Is there any way you can do a vid with this star starting with a square piece of paper?

  14. Your explanation is very clear and hence it was fun while folding. I couldn't do the way you showed so, i folded all the 6 corners separately and then i folded again. That way it was easy and the folds just fell in place nicely. Last, i just blew through the middle whole and it opened beautifully like waterbomb andas the little stars were opening up , i put glue and blew again.My daughter is having fun by flattening it and blowing again and again

  15. Fantastic video Sara, I must have seen it when you first released it but have never folded it… adding to my 'To Fold' playlist now 🙂

    I'm going to use one of Carmen Sprung's hexagon templates though, because I never seem to be able to crease accurate enough to get a near perfect hexagon.

    I'm interested to see how this will turn out with some of Julia's paper… best to test on kami or copy paper first though! I also love the paper colouring you do with pearescent/metallic acrylic paints, it looks like a wonderful way to make some cost effective, beautiful and yet, unique papers.

    EDIT: I also have the diagrams from Peter's shop, I've never properly looked at them though! I need to start making more models from diagrams as well as videos 🙂

  16. I have made this several times. The folds line up, but after I make it pop out, it will not stay closed. No matter what paper, it opens up. Waste of time.

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