Origami Columbus Tower (Dave Mitchell)

Origami Columbus Tower (Dave Mitchell)


Hello! Today we will be folding an
Origami Columbus Tower designed by Dave Mitchell. This is one of the many great
modular models included in his book Building with Butterflies. The Columbus
Tower is made up of many stacked Columbus Cubes, and the Columbus Cube is really
just a simple model derived from Paul Jackson’s cube. The only difference is that the Columbus
Cube has one inverted corner which allows you to easily stack the cubes to form a tower. Each Columbus Cube requires six square sheet of paper. So the amount of paper that you need
depends on how many cubes you plan on stacking. You can use paper with color on
both sides or you can use paper with color on one side and white on the other. Either way, it will not affect the
appearance of the completed model. We’re going to start with our first
square with the color side down. And then we’re going to fold in half vertically.
So take this right edge and fold it over to the left edge. Align the corners and the edges, and then
we’re not going to crease all the way. We just want to make a small crease at the
top and a small crease at the bottom, just to use as references for later. So once you’ve made those two small
creases, then you can unfold. Now we’re going to fold the left and right edges in to align with these two
vertical reference creases we just made. So let’s start with this right edge, and
we’re going to pull it in like this. Align it with those two reference
creases, and then make a crease. This time make sure you crease all the way, and
then we’re going to do the same thing on this left edge. So just pull it in like this, align it with those two reference
creases, or you can just align it with the edge you just folded over. Then
again, make your crease all the way. And once you’ve done this on both sides, then
you can unfold. Now we’re going to rotate the paper just so that the creases are now
held horizontally. And then we’re going to do the same thing we did before. So
we’re going to take this right edge and fold it over to the left edge. Align the
corners and the edges, and again we’re not going to crease all the way. We just
want to make a small crease at the top and a small crease at the bottom, just to
use as references for later. So once you’ve made those two small
creases, then you can unfold. Now we’re going to do the same thing we
did before by folding the left and right edges in to align with these vertical
reference creases we just made. So let’s start with this right edge, and
we’re just going to pull it in like this. Align it with those two vertical
reference creases, and make a crease. Again, make sure you crease all the way. And once you’ve done that, then you want to do the same thing with this left edge.
So just fold it in like this. Align it with those two vertical
reference creases. Make your crease. Again, make sure you crease all the way. And
then once you’ve done that on both sides your model should look like this. Now we’re going to rotate the paper just
so that the creases are held vertically. Then all we have to do to finish this
first unit is to fold the left and right edges into the center along these two
vertical creases here. So let’s start with this right edge, and we’re just
going to fold it in along this right vertical crease. Just fold it in like
this, but we don’t want this part to lie flat. So we’re just going to pull it back up,
just enough so that it stays upright like this. Then we want to do the same
thing with this left edge. So we’re just going to pull it in along this left
vertical crease. So just fold it in like that, but again we don’t want this to lie
flat. so we’re going to lift it up a little
bit, just enough so it stays upright. And once you’ve done this, you’ve completed one unit. Now you must
fold five more. So once you have completed all six units,
then you need to take three and fold them a bit differently. This is important because when you
assemble the model, it makes it possible to create the inverted corner of the
cube. So let’s start with the first of the three units, and what we have to do
first is flatten out these two edges that are standing upright. So simply push them
down to each side, just like this, so that they lie flat. Now we’re going to align this left edge
with this bottom edge here. So we’re going to start by pulling down this left
edge, and starting in the bottom left corner, we’re going to align both of the edges. So
work your way over to the right, and once both of the edges are completely aligned,
then you can make your crease. And once you’ve done that, then your model should
look like this. Now we’re going to fold this bottom
corner that we just folded down, up to the top
corner of this triangle here. So we’re going to start by folding up this bottom
corner. And as you’re doing this, you’ll notice that it will fold along this
existing crease. So just continue to push it up like that, and once the two corners
are both together, you’ll notice that the model won’t lie flat. So to flatten it out, you just want to
push down from the top. Flatten out the bottom here. And then you’ll need to make a little crease on the left side here. So just make your crease. And once you’re
done, you’ll notice that you’ve reverse folded this corner here. Now we’re going to fold this right edge in along this right vertical crease just like we did before. So we’re just
going to fold it in like this, but again we don’t want to lie flat. So we’re going to pick it up a little
bit just so it stays upright. And then we want to do something similar on this
left side. So we’re just going to lift up this left edge, just like this, just enough to keep it upright. And once
you’ve done this on both sides, your unit should look like this. And once
you have this, you want to repeat the previous steps on the remaining two
units you picked out before. Once all of your units are completed, you
should have three basic units and three units with an additional reverse fold
like this. So once you’ve made sure that all of
your units are folded correctly, then you can start assembling your cube. To start the assembly, take one unit that
has a reverse folded corner and lie it down flat so that that corner is in the
top left part of the unit. Then you want to take a second unit with a reverse
folded corner, and hold it upright so that corner is in the bottom left
part of the unit. Then you want to simply place the second unit right on top of
the first one, just like this. And if you do it correctly, you’ll see that the
reverse folded corners will line up, and you’ll be able to see this inverted
corner falling into place. Next you want to take a third unit with
a reverse folded corner and hold it upright so that the reverse folded corner
is in the bottom right part of the unit. This is the most difficult unit to
assemble correctly, so you have to be really careful about how you place it. So what you want to do is take this
reverse folded corner here and slide it in between these two layers here. So basically, you want to align the
reverse folded corner of this unit with the reverse folded corners of
these units to create the inverted corner of the cube. So just take this
reverse folded corner and slide it in between the layers of the other two
units, just like this. And then once you’ve done that, you want all three
reverse folded corners to line up. So just push down on this reverse folded corner, just like this, and flatten it out to create
a pyramidal shape here. So if you’ve done this correctly, then
the reverse folded corners should align, and you’ll be able to see the
cubes inverted corner. The last three units are very easy to
assemble. So let’s take our fourth unit, and you simply want to place it on top
of the other three units, just like this. And as you’re doing this, you want to
make sure that the tab of the fourth unit, so this little flap here, make sure that
that goes inside of the model. So push it inside like this. Make sure the tab isn’t
sticking out at the side. And then you can kind of bring all the units together,
just like this. And you’re going to have to hold the model together at this point
because it’s not very sturdy. But it gets easier to handle as you add more units. For the fifth unit, I recommend rotating the cube so that this right face is now
on the top. So just rotate it like this, and it will make it much easier to
insert the fifth unit. So just take the fifth unit, and again
you’re going to place it right on top of the other units. But you want to keep in
mind that this tab has to be hidden inside the model. So just push it in like
this. Make sure that the tab is hidden inside the cube. Then you can bring all
the units together, and then you’ll see the only need to add one more unit to
complete the cube. For the sixth unit, I recommend rotating the cube so that this front face is now on the top. So
this rotate it like this, and it will make it much easier to insert the last
unit. So just take your sixth unit, and again
you’re going to place it right on top of the other units. But this time you have
to make sure that these two tabs go inside the model. So start with this left
tab, and you’re just going to insert it like this. Make sure it goes completely
inside the model, and then you have to do the same thing one last time on the
right. So insert this last tab inside of the model, just like this. And once you’ve done that, bring all the
units together, and then your Columbus Cube is complete. Now that you’ve
mastered the Columbus Cube, it’s time to create a Columbus Tower. You can make a
Columbus Tower by simply stacking Columbus Cubes on top of one another. So
I challenge you to see how many Columbus Cubes you can stack before the tower
falls. So feel free to post a video response to this video, or post a picture
to my Facebook page featuring your amazing Columbus Tower! Good luck with the challenge, and I hope
you enjoyed this video tutorial on how to fold an Origami Columbus Tower
designed by Dave Mitchell. Please comment, rate, subscribe, and thank you for
watching!

97 thoughts on “Origami Columbus Tower (Dave Mitchell)

  1. @scout1097 his speed is fine. He does it at this speed so we could work along with him if he goes faster we have to stop what we're doing and pause throughout the whole video. If he goes too slow, just skip along through the video.

  2. is there any other uses of these cubes rather than the tower?
    and thank you for making this tutorial, I've been looking for it so long.

  3. One quick question. Where do you buy your paper? I'm having a hard time deciding which to buy off the internet. Thanks!

  4. 1. make how many squares you want
    2: poke holes in each one
    3: put string into it
    4 super glow
    5.???
    6: prophet

  5. No. The dent goes on the bottom so it isn't seen and having the dent makes the box stand on its corner so the others can stack on top.

  6. I haven't tried this yet (I'm very new to Origami!).lol But your instructions are crystal clear! I'm sure just about anyone can follow along! I'm looking forward to trying this and other items you teach! Thank you for making this video and making it so clear!
    KarenT in TX

  7. T demoraste tanto para eso yo lo ago más rápido q tu y si vas a decir q lo ases asi d lento para q la gente entienda pues no la gente no es tan estupida como para no captar como se ace y explicas demasiado como si uno fuera un mongolito q no entiende odio ese tipo d videos q t explican demasiado para una pinche pendejada bien simple I HATE YOU BITCH

  8. I already know how to make this work. All you need is a flat, level surface, lots of time and cubes that get smaller as you go 😀 i wanna try it but i need to get started on other projects lol. will keep this in mind though!

  9. Thanks so much for this! I'm hopeless at origami, but your videos are super easy to follow, and you made every step really clear 🙂

  10. I got 12222545367890345643455935833800000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

  11. Holy moly, this worked insanely better than I thought it would. Thank you very much. I reccommend people try this out with post-its. Works a charm!

  12. guys, can someone pls respond to me because idk how to get the bottom cube to stay coz the dent in the cupe is on he top and when i try to set it down, its going on the other corner of cube, how do get the dent for opposite sides of bottom cube??

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