How To Make an Origami Ninja Star CUBE! (+ Ornament)

How To Make an Origami Ninja Star CUBE! (+ Ornament)


Rob’s World! Hey, what’s up guys?! It’s Rob, and welcome
to my tutorial for the….(Ninja Star Cube!) I hope you guys are all enjoying the holidays and if you
guys did see some snow that you’re having a lot of fun and enjoying the
weather In the last video, over 800 people voted
in the poll and 600 people said they wanted to see the Ninja Star Cube, so
today I’m going to show you a variation of the ninja star cube that was
originally designed by Lewis Simon. It’s a really cool modular origami model that
has ninja star windows on all six sides One of the cool things that you can do
is actually create an ornament out of it just like this and hang it we’ll put it
on display for everyone to see your cool creation! If you do want to make an
ornament out of it my favorite thing to use is a binder clip but you can also
use paper clips rubber bands or even some string so grab either three or
twelve pieces of printer paper or origami paper whatever you like to use
and let’s go! Just like with the small and the large kaleidoscopes, the small
and the large ninja star cubes are modular origami models so they’re made
up of identical units. Except with the ninja star cubes, we’re going to be using
12 (twelve) instead of 7 (seven) for this video I’m going to make twelve sheets out of
three different sheets of printer paper to make the smaller one since I think it
is a little bit nicer as an ornament but if you want to make the larger one
you’re just going to need 12 separate square sheets from the printer paper so
let’s go ahead and make the 12 squares Now that we have 12 squares we’re ready
to go Because all the units are made exactly
the same way, I’ll go through with you how to make either one or two and then
you can make the rest. We’re going to start out with a piece of paper that has
a fold in it by taking the upper right corner and folding it down to the bottom
left corner and then making a sharp crease along that edge. Once we unfold
the paper we now have a valley fold going from the upper left to the bottom
right we’re going to make it a mountain fold by flipping the paper over
diagonally like this so that it’s a mountain fold, then we could take the
upper left corner and fold it down to the bottom right corner. Line up the two
corners and also the edges and then we can make
a crease in the upper left piece of the paper here on that edge. Once again, run
your fingernail against it and then we could unfold it you’ll see we now have
an X in the paper and this fold here is a valley-fold while the one from the
upper left to the bottom right is a mountain fold now we could take the top
edge of the paper and fold it down to the bottom. Once again,
just line up the edges and then make a crease along the top I’m gonna run my
fingernail against it just to make sure that all the nice creases are sharp.
Unfold the paper and we’re going to take the top and bottom edge and fold it
directly on to the middle line just like that once it’s lined up with the middle. Then once again, just make a nice sharp crease on the top and do the same with
the bottom: fold it up meet the two edges together just like that and then we can
make a nice sharp crease on the bottom. Now, I’m going to take both of these
edges that are folded into the middle fold this one to the top and fold this
one to the bottom by folding these segments in half fold it up like this
line it up and then make a crease along the bottom there just like that run your
fingernail against it and then do the same with the bottom fold it down line
it up with the bottom and then make a nice sharp crease along that new fold so
now we should have a piece of paper that looks just like this I’m going to do
something that I call a “slide fold” and I’m basically just going to take this
edge here and join it up with this middle line by sliding the paper down
just like that So, just lay it down on the table and
just bring that middle edge right down to the center line and once it’s lined
up all the way across just make a nice sharp crease on the top. So you should
have something that looks just like this Do the same with the bottom: so just grab
it round off the paper a little bit just like that and bring it up to the middle
to join with that top edge. Once both of the edges are touching then you can just
make a crease on the bottom. So you should have a piece of paper that
just like this now. (Break time!) Now I’m going to take the upper right corner and I’m going to
fold it down to the bottom so that this right edge is on the bottom just like
that– just round it off, line up the edges and then make a crease along this upper
right edge again just make sure the creases are nice and sharp by running
your fingernail against it now I’m going to do the same with this bottom edge: I’m
going to fold this left edge all the way to the top by taking the corner and
rounding it up just like this and aligning this edge with the top. Once the
corner and edge are lined up again, we’re just going to make a crease on the left
side now– and just run your fingernail against it. Now, you can unfold both of
the corners and as you’ll see we just have these little triangles that are
also folded in, we can just unfold those also. So you have these two folds in the
paper– both of them are Valley folds. we’re going to lift up this bottom flap
and we’re going to tuck this corner into the paper just like we just folded it so
just fold it back on that crease and then we could refold the bottom flap
back up just like that do the same with the bottom left corner: lift up the top
flap here refold the bottom left corner and then you can just put the flap back
down so you should have something that looks just like this. Now we’re going to
flip the model over, and as you’ll see we have an X in the paper, this line here is
actually a valley fold meaning that it’s folded up like that. I’m just going to
draw on it so that you can see it a little easier.
So I’m just going to make a crease along this line take the top edge here and
fold it to this edge by just pushing up and just put your fingernail in there if
it’s not quite folding but it should fold pretty nicely on that line line up
the edges and then just make a crease here along the top
and again just run your fingernail against it so that it’s nice and sharp.
Okay, so I just creased along this line here. Now, what I’m going to do is I’m
actually going to take this edge and fold it over so that it lines up with
this edge right up to this corner. Fold it inwards, line up the edges and then
make a crease on the right. Now, we also have to fold this little triangle over
so just fold it over and then make a nice sharp crease. Now, we’re going to
flip the model over and do the same thing here
take the corner round it off a little bit fold it in and just line up the
bottom edges just like that. Then just make a crease on the right side here and
do the same with the triangle then you can again make a nice sharp crease here
and we have completed the module! Just lift this up and unfold these two little
triangles so everything is perpendicular okay?
So now you should see it looks like the edge of a box everything is right angles
to each other. So, as you’ll see the edges are perpendicular and it looks just like
the edge of a box. So, we need to make 11 and then I’ll show you how to
interlock them. *Soft Piano Music* Now that we have twelve units in total,
we’re ready to join them up. So to join up the pieces, you just need to realize
that each unit has two pockets where the tips go into and also has two tips that
go into the pockets of the other units So each unit will connect to four
units and each corner is made up of three separate units. I like to use
three different colors for each corner so that’s how I’m going to do it and if
you basically take a look at two different units here and you hold them
both the same way like this and you turn the one on the left 90 degrees, you’ll
see that this little flap here if you line it up– the edge of the flap here
with the edge of the other unit like that you’ll see it needs to go right
into that pocket, okay? Right where that triangle is drawn is where it’s going to
go, just like that. So, what I like to do is to stick this tip in first
right along the fold so if you line up the folds like this and then you put
this tip in it’ll slide right in and you just got to give it a push now if the
creases are really sharp you might have to lift up this flap and you’ll see me
probably do that in a little bit but there you go that’s how to join up two.
Now again, we’re going to connect a red one to these two, so hold the blue one
now like this–take a red one hold them both the same way and turn the red one
like this 90 degrees to the right. Now, I’m going to put the red tip into
the blue pocket right there. Okay, so I’m gonna put this tip in like that and
slide it all the way in and give it a pinch. Now, you’ll see the
light blue one kind of wants to go right there. So just turn it and just hold it
and slide it in and it might be easier if you kind of bend this one a little
bit like that. Just pop it in like that. Alright,
now that’s the kind of tricky as far as to get three of them together, but once
you’ve done that you’ll see that you know it’s pretty intuitive at this point
it’s like a little puzzle that you need to solve. So you can go ahead and try it
on your own at this point since you know how they connect, but I’m going to go
ahead and show you how I do it. Now, this sets up the direction for the three
colors the light blue ones are going to go like this
the red ones like this and the dark blue ones like this all right so there’s just
three different directions here and that’s how I’m going to connect it so if
I want to connect another red one what I do is I look at the other red one okay
and I hold the one that I want to join in the same direction as the other red
one. Now I know it needs to go over here, so I just kind of flip it like that flip
it up and just turn it and then I put it right there
and as you’ll see the ninja star shape is kind of coming out. So you know that
the red tip needs to go into the light blue pocket right there.
So, if you slide this tip in to this pocket by lining up these folds, you see that edge right there I’m going to line it up and then slide
that tip right underneath all the way until it doesn’t go any more just like
that so then just give it a little pinch
right here like that and now I’m going to create the ninja
star shape by connecting another light blue one opposite from this one here so
again we’ll take a light blue one hold it in the same direction as this one and
say “Okay, I’m just going to put it over here and flip it” and as you’ll see that
will create the ninja star shape. So, you’ll know that if you hold it here
this red one the red tip needs to go into this pocket and the light blue tip
needs to go into the red one’s pocket there. Again, just take this tip
line up the edges and slide that corner right in like that all
the way and give it a pinch. Okay, now we’ll turn it this way and this tip
needs to go into the red so just bring it back slide it underneath and push it
right in then give it a little pinch and you’ll see we’ve created the ninja star
shape here so now we’re ready to join up another one. I’m going to go with a dark
blue one here. We know that the dark blue ones are going to go like this. If
we connect a dark blue one here– again to connect another unit you just say: “Okay,
well the blue ones go in this direction, so I’m gonna hold it over the existing
blue one and then it’s going to go opposite it so I need to flip it over
like that and again you’ll see that ninja star shape kind of taking form
there. So all you need to do is to just slide the light blue one right
into the pocket like that. So just hold it back put the tip or the corner
in first line up the edge all right slide it in all the way and give it a
little pinch. Now, we just need to put the blue tip right into the red pocket.
So hold it like this you might need to just flatten out the red one like that,
it’ll make it a little bit easier when you’re doing a corner and just kind of
push the blue one all the way in like that and give it a pinch. Now, it might be
a little trickier for you because these corners can tend to be
sharp, so like I said just lift it up and open up this flap if you need to. So just open it up like that slide it in and then push it right in. Then give it a pinch and keep going. So, let’s create the ninja
star shape over here so this is gonna take another light blue piece so again
to join an opposite remember it’s going to go like this over the same one and
then it’s going to go opposite by flipping it so we just need to get this
corner right in here slide it in
and give it a pinch now again this light blue one is gonna go in here slide it in
and give it a pinch now we could do whichever one we want it doesn’t matter. We have two ninja star shapes here. So let’s go ahead and put a dark blue one
okay so we’re gonna put one right here and complete this corner. So
again to complete the dark blue one we hold it over the one of the existing
ones that’s opposite and say okay well it needs to go like this. Put it over
here and we’ll know that it needs to go into here right into this pocket, slide
it in like that and the light blue one this is the harder part: lift up the blue,
slide it in just like that and give it a good push so as you’ll see the box is
kind of coming together let’s do another red one so the red one it’s gonna go in
this and in that and you can just kind of pinch the corner and again this one
is going to go into the blue one here just like that and give it a good pinch
all right so it’s coming together let’s do another light blue one right here so
the light blue one light blue one like that over the same light blue one and
then flip it you know it’s gonna go just like that. So again I like to put the tip
in first to the one I’m joining right in like that line up the edges and push it
all the way into that pocket then it’s gonna be a little tricky here but if we
put this tip in first by folding it a little just like that and just work it
in there. You’ll eventually get it! You gotta you’re gonna have to definitely
work at it but you’ll get it and just pinch it right on those corners like
that so we just have two left and you’ll see the red one is going to go here and
then we have the last dark blue one going here. So remember the Reds are
going like this– red, flip it! So we know that the red one’s going to go
here like this so again you’ll see the ninja star shape slide it in here
okay it’ll be easier if you just kind of open up that pocket a little bit slide
it in all the way and give it a good pinch. Now, this one is going to go in
here. Open up that flap– if you have a lot of trouble just like that, and slide it
in. There you go! Now, you’ll see that the red tip is going to go into the light
blue pocket right there so slide it in, line up the edges, the folded edges, like
that– you see? Just get that right underneath and actually it works better
like that you see if you kind of get the folds
overlapping first it should slide right in actually, that’s probably easier.
Now the last one is the dark blue one which is gonna go right here. I’m
going to take the light blue first and just slide it underneath the dark blue
right into that pocket that it needs to go in right there to complete the ninja
star shape put it right in line up the edges and push it in. Then we just
need to connect all four points so this one don’t give up here it’s gonna get a
little bit tricky Alright, that’s in so just flatten it out
there and then here. Let’s put the red one in make sure it’s over on top okay
and you’ll see that’s how that’s gonna go so just slide it in like that–done and the last one. If you kind of get this tip underneath the flap. Come on don’t give
up on me now! Come on… last one! Noooooo πŸ™‚ Oh, I knew you were gonna be trouble! Ah,
there we go. Alright and give it a squeeze and
there you go! You have completed the ninja star cube! Now let’s make it into
an ornament. The easiest way that I know of to make it into an ornament is to
take one of these one and a quarter inch binder clips and all you need to do is
to basically just pop one of these things out all right so you just kind of
squeeze it here like this pop out one of these and all you need to do is to
basically just insert it into the corner like this: So you gotta kind of squeeze
it a little that insert it into the corner– that’s it! You could do the kind
of same thing with a paperclip or you can take a string and kind of wrap it
there but it makes a really nice ornament I think I think it looks really
cool and of course the one with green and red also is very holiday-like. So, I
hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial and be sure to give it a Thumbs Up down
below. Oh man I’m getting sick πŸ™ Thank you guys very much for watching the video I
hope you enjoy it. As you could probably see my energy started to go downhill
towards the end and it was because it’s cold out and my nose is getting a little
bit runny so I’ve been drinking some cup of noodles. I hope you did like the video
and if you did please give me a thumbs up down below don’t forget to subscribe
by pushing the little button and the notification bell. As far as what I may
show next: I have some ideas a lot of people did want to see the flapping
dragon, so let me know if you want to see that I will put a poll up. Also I finally
did the magic ball mini magic ball giant mini magic ball whatever you want to
call it and the regular size mini magic ball (but I don’t want to teach it) If you
vote for the magic ball I’m gonna make it a 2 hour tutorial.. 5 hour tutorial πŸ˜› A
lot of people did like the Kaleidoscope so maybe you would want to see the
fireworks or maybe an easy stunt glider let me know vote in the poll and leave
me a comment below and thanks again for watching and I’ll see you next time Slurppppp πŸ˜‰ Happy Holidays! -Rob

100 thoughts on “How To Make an Origami Ninja Star CUBE! (+ Ornament)

  1. You have no idea how long I've been waiting for your new videos. I've learned so much from your old origami videos, it was nice and simple, and it inspired me how you made them so much effort, showing us how, and time. I remember the first time i tried to make a origami waterbomb, it was fun to fold! And very time consuming, ended up watching more, making more origamis, and i made it my hobby πŸ˜€ as I gave away some of my origami to kids! So thank you Rob for teaching me the ways of origami! 😁 Keep up what you do and don't forget to take a break once in awhile!

    I don't mind waiting again πŸ˜—

  2. I want to thank you.
    I watched your videos when I was a kid, and used them to learn Origami. It made me the COOLEST kid in the elementary and EVERYONE wanted a crane that I made. I still do it to this day, it keeps my hands busy.
    Still, thank you. You mean a lot to me.

  3. You just make any tutorial everyone would love to watch it. But if you ask me I would like to see the flapping dragon first

  4. Awesome video! I think I'm gonna make a few of these to get the hang of it and memorize how to do it so I can teach all 4 of my little sisters the next time they spend the night with me! They've been begging for a music/craft night and this will be perfect! Oh and….. i don't think that color is light blue…. it's mint green… well it looks like mint/light green to me…. anyone else or am I just randomly going colorblind….????

  5. Hi Rob. I love your enthusiasm for origami. Thank you so much for the videos and I hope one day you reach 1 million subscribers. Rob, could you maybe try to make a Christmas hat or ornament.

  6. Like many others I also learned origami from you and I want to thank you. It's my biggest hobby and it all started by me watching your videos, i've learned so much from you and you're by far my favorite YouTuber

  7. Hey great video and tutorial Rob! As always. KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK!!! πŸ™‚ See you soon in the next video. Don’t worry, I may be late but I hit that #notificationsquad! I will still see the videos you uploaded.

  8. Hey rob i found a video on how to create your paper boomerang and the owner of this video did not give credit to you so i wanted to let you know for copyright infringement

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  11. i remember watching your videos as a kid om my gosh! i would always make something and bring it to my teacher, she told me to stop because her desk was getting messy πŸ˜›

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