Christmas Origami Instructions: Star Sonobe (Maria Sinayskaya)

Christmas Origami Instructions: Star Sonobe (Maria Sinayskaya)


In this video I’m going to show you how to fold a modular origami Kusudama, called Star Sonobe, designed by Maria Sinayskaya. This is a fantastic Sonobe variation. Do also check out Maria’s website goorigami.com and her flickr-stream flicckr.com/goorigami, for more fantastic models. For this model you will need 30 square sheets of paper. The front and the reverse of the paper should have different colors, to get that nice effect kind of displaying those beautiful stars. In this video, I’m going to be using squares and then the completed model will have a diameter, this distance right here, of about So, for stars that are going to be white, start with the white side up of the paper. I’m first going to fold edge to edge. Make a strong crease, unfold, bring the edge to the just created crease line, rotate and bring in the other edge, too. And unfold. Then, bring the edge to the crease line that’s closest to it. And then take the left corner and fold it in and then fold up. Rotate and repeat. Now, when you’re folding in this edge, do make sure you’re not covering the crease line, else it will be hard for you to fold in that second time. Same with the corner fold. Ensure that you’re not overlapping that section of paper, so that it’s very easy to fold this up again. Then we’re going to flip the paper over and now we’re going to take the lower left corner and we’re going to align this edge with that top edge and crease. Rotate and repeat. Then we’re going to flip this over. We’ve got a crease line in the center but it doesn’t go through all layers. So, let’s refold along that crease line. And make sure that the crease is on all layers. Then, this left white section we’re going to fold to make a crease between this point and that top point. And kind of ensure that this extra section of paper is slightly folded inside, so that it doesn’t protrude too much. And then we’re going to take this lower corner and fold it to the top. This should go quite easily because the crease line is on some of the layers already. Then flip over and repeat on this side. Again, folding once and twice. And then, your first module is all done. Once you’ve folded all 30 modules, we can start assembling. Let’s look at one of these. It’s best if all of these creases are super sharp. It makes assembling much easier. This is the front. You can see that white section with a long horizontal crease. And this is the back, which is hidden inside the model. So, we’re first going to take two modules and join them and then a third one to create a point. This is going to be one of the flaps and right here there’s a pocket. And we just insert it inside and then align it so that those two horizontal creases match up. Can you see that? You can easily fold it. And then, we’re going to rotate this and then we can add a third module in here, to join all three of them. So, one thing to notice is that there’s this small corner right here. And rather than having it in the front, it should be in the back. Because if it’s in the front, it kind of pushes the two modules from each other and we actually want them to be nicely joint. So, if you add it like this, then the corner is always underneath. And putting that inside and then for the joining of the first with the third module we’re going to take that corner and also insert it like that. And then you have one stable point. If you want, you can reinforce those creases to make it really strong. And it’s very stable, which is great. Then, we’re going to continue adding modules. So you can see that long horizontal crease, so we can have another point of three modules right here. So, I’m just going to add a module right here, and now you can see that much of the white paper is vanishing. And then another one right here. And then, again, complete that point of three modules. And then you can again see here that long horizontal crease, and again we can add a module. Perhaps this color. I’m not going to pay too much attention which colors I’m choosing. If you want, you can kind of try and distribute the colors so that it’s all very regular. And then, again, complete that point. And then, we have another one right here and again, we can add a module to start that point of three. And then complete it with another module. So now, you have that central one, which is the first one you did and then three that are next to it. Now you can see that here you’ve got one, two, three, four of these horizontal creases, that kind of have two colors already. And to complete this star shape, we can add a module right here. So, let’s do that and for reference you can always see that there’s a horizontal crease and all of these kind of meet in the center of the star. So, that’s how you have to insert it. Then, again, you proceed with joining the modules. Like that. And by adding that one, you can now see you have two modules which join in a three point but the third module is missing, so we can add that. There we go. And same here. We’ve got two modules and the third one is missing, so, we can add that. And then, I’m going to go to the next point with five modules. But there’s just four. One, two, three, four. So we can add the fifth one. And then, again, we can complete the points of three. This crease isn’t quite strong enough for my taste, so, I’m just reinforcing it. When you see that, as you go along, you know, just make creases stronger. Then, here, again, three modules to be joined. There we go. And then, third of those with four and one missing and I’m going to add one here too to complete that nice star shape. So, I hope by now you get the gist of it. Again, completing that three-point. And completing this three-point. And then, you can again see you’ve got these parts where there’s four modules joined already – one, two, three, four – so, I’m just going to add a fifth one to those. And, you know, that’s at least how I always go along. I always try to find a place where there’s two joined where there need to be three. And a place where there’s four joined where there need to be five. And I find that makes it a bit easier to keep track of you know, not adding extra modules when it’s not necessary. Because that kind of leads to a bit of a mess. So, if you try and follow that rule, I find it shouldn’t happen that you add modules in the wrong places. Just always ensure that the top of the module is on top. And then, we can even continue here. There’s another three-point here and when we add that, we’re actually adding the module for this point of five. So, let’s see. Adding one here and there. And then you can see here we’ve got one, two, three, four, five already. So, we don’t need to add a new module, we just need to join the existing ones. And then, here, you’ve again got a point of three that needs an extra module. Maybe take a green one here, just so that, perhaps, we’re going to almost get away with a quite nice distribution without having paid too much attention. There are actually some sites that have coloring schemes that explain exactly how you need to add modules, if you want to use five colors and have no points where the same color meets. There you go. Completing another three-point. And then, completing that five-point by just inserting. And we’re slowly but surely getting to the end. I always like to ensure that these flaps stick out. Because we really do need them for the assembly. And then I’m going to insert another one to complete this five point. And this three-point. And this three-point. And we’ve got just one module left. One, two, three, four. So, there’s one missing here. Let’s insert it here. And then, you can see this one needs to be joined too I might have done that before, but I can do that now too. And then, ensure that corner is inside and ensure this flap is outside. Insert that to complete the third module of that three-point. And then, insert that to that last pocket. And then, your Star Sonobe, designed by Maria Sinayskaya, is all done. You can see this beautiful star pattern, and even with different colors, it’s very apparent and perhaps a bit more joyful. So, I hope you enjoyed this video. It’s a fantastic model. Do check out Maria’s website and her flickr-stream for more of Maria Sinayskaya’s fantastic work. I think it’s just beautiful and Happy Folding! Bye bye!

35 thoughts on “Christmas Origami Instructions: Star Sonobe (Maria Sinayskaya)

  1. And here's the second instructional origami video for November: Star Sonobe by Maria Sinayskaya. I show the full assembly, too, and with some detail, so that you should be able to follow along even if this is your first kusudama.
    Enjoy!

  2. hi there, i have a question, if i may…
    lately i have been trying to fold sanobe in deffent shapes, apart fron the tesselated octahedron and icosihedron. iv'e started to fold partially plotonian solids (aka perfect solids) like tesselated cuboctahedron. problem is, the traditional sanobe only goes up to 90 degrees,so i can only make tesselated triangles and squares and can't make things like dodecahedron, i tried changing the sanobe by making it thinner, but the sturcture wont hold up,  can you please help me find a sanobe that goes up to 108 degrees at least?

  3. This diagram is fantastic. The stability in the finishing product is amazing and it all fits perfectly when I got all the 30 pieces together. No imperfections or anything. I'll definitely make more of these. Will look great in the Christmas tree too! Thanks for sharing!

  4. You are such a good teacher! I completes the model without any problem. Also, your voice is really soothing, which definitely helps. ^_^ Thank you for sharing; I always enjoy your videos.

  5. I hope that I can remember all the folds she made, but I'll try. for I really like this one, I think she did a fantastic job. Very good teacher.

  6. Yay! My first kusudama/sonobe. Very satisfying result made of gold foil paper. Very fun to make but very time consuming (took me bout 2-3 hours to fold all the modules ^^ and 20 minutes to assemble them) and great model overall. Another quality tutorial from you and another happy viewer from ME! 😀

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