Origami Instructions: Carambola (Carmen Sprung)

Origami Instructions: Carambola (Carmen Sprung)


In this video, I’m going to show you how to fold a Carambola, designed by Carmen Sprung. It’s a beautiful origami model which, incidentally, I already made a video on, with German instructions, but this video shows a slightly different folding sequence. We’re going to be using a sheet of paper – this is a square that we cut into a pentagon – with a side length of 15 centimeters by 15 centimeters or 6 inches by 6 inches. The model will then have a diameter, that is the distance between such a point and an edge that is implied by that point, the connection of these two points. That distance is going to be depending on how much you open or close the model. It is going to be about or 2 and 3/4 of an inch to 3 and an 1/8 of an inch. So, as mentioned, we first need to cut a pentagon, so let’s get started with that. I’m just going to flip the paper over and fold in half. and we’re going to mark the center of one of these squares. and crease just around where I think that intersection that I want to form to get the center. And then, to get an intersection, we’re going to just take this edge and again, make a pinch mark and this time you already have a small pinch mark, so you exactly know where to push. There you have your intersection. Now, it’s really important that you take the bottom corner of the closed edge So, you can see here on the left it’s open, on the right it’s closed. I am going to bring that point to exactly that intersection and crease. Then, I’m going to take that edge, fold it to the other edge. Then take this lower edge and fold it right to where that edge lies flat. Then, flip over and fold edge to edge. Now, you will cut right along this edge right here, which is the lowest one. You can use scissors or a cutting knife. Whatever you prefer. I’m just going to use scissors right here. Try to cut quite precisely here and very straight. Then you can discard this and you’ve got a nice regular pentagon. To fold the Carambola, we are first going to invert all of the creases, so that they have no particular direction. First, I’m going to fold them all in valley folds. The first one, the second one, the third one and the fourth one and the fifth one. And then flip over so that you see the white side, and again go around making valley folds, so then the creases don’t really have a particular direction anymore and they’re also much stronger. And then one more. There we go. Now, for a Carambola that is colored on the inside, and white on the outside, we’re going to continue with the color side up and take this edge and bring it to that crease and the creasing form doesn’t go all of the way through, but only up to that crease that goes to the center of this edge. So, take the edge, align it with the crease and then crease. Unfold and then do that on each of the corners. Then do the same thing, just on the other side, taking this edge, aligning it with the crease that’s to the right rather than to the left and crease. So in each of the corners, you will have formed such creases. Next, we want to make creases that go between two such points that we created. One here, and one here for example. And one way of doing this, is you fold up two of the creases we just created and then you have kind of those points in place. We can unfold and they will fall into place nicely. and unfold. As you can see, I only creased between this point and that point and no farther out. This is quite important so that you get a beautiful model in the end because you don’t really want any creases on this section. Then you go around. You can also just … try to eyeball where to get the creases, but if you are a bit less certain, you can always check the location of the creases by folding these two points in and then kind of making two small pinches, so that the crease gets started quite nicely. And you can always also check that when you have a point, that this top point here will lie on the crease, so that you get a nice horizontal crease. Now you formed a pentagon in the center. Now flip the model over and you will see that this pentagon has five points right here, and you want to put a crease right through that point which is horizontal and which doesn’t go any farther than these creases that go through the points from the beginning, from when we cut the pentagon. So, pinch and then align this crease line with itself, so that you get a nice horizontal crease. And then crease just between those two points. So, when you unfold, you can see that you just folded between two such creases that go through the diagonal. And continue with the other points. Then, you can flip the model over and now we’re going to form a lemon squeezer in some ways. So, we’re going to pinch one of these creases that start in a corner and probably this triangle will already pop up. Now you can see this point goes down and this one goes up. You want all of them to go down, so you may have to push it in. Just showing you again, even if both sides point upwards, you just press on the point to make it pop down. And then you can collapse this like this. And to strengthen the crease, that’s right here, you can push in the back on that crease, so that it pops up in a mountain fold. And then you can really press it together completely. Then you go around once. Creases that go between these points basically. pull them apart and then push on this point and then again on the next one and the next one and the next one. Just putting one of my fingers right on that point and my thumb on the other. So that’s the central point. And then kind of pushing that paper together with one hand and pushing it out to make a pentagon appear in the center. You can make these creases stronger by pinching them. Or, actually, if you are folding with quite small paper, it’s probably going to be quite difficult. So, you can also skip that step of really pinching them into place like I did right here and just try to get that shape to look like this. Then you’re going to push with one finger in the center, while with the other hand going again along this mountain fold to push together. you’ve got right there, having two fingers here and pushing together. Doing that all of the way around. and also adding the creases that you can pinch in place. It’s not going to be quite as accurate I guess, but I think it’s, especially with smaller paper, of getting that star in the center into place. Now there is just one final step – believe it or not – and that’s to get these creases right here, you can see these, popped inside and it’s quite important that they start right in the bottom point. And when you use a bit heavier paper, this may actually be a bit easier because it’s really going to flip into place but it works quite well here, too. And you just push on the crease, as you can see here, until it flips inside. Push on the crease until it flips inside. Push on the crease until it flips inside. And one final time. And then your Carambola, designed by Carmen Sprung, is all done. One finishing touch you may want to do, but you might also want to skip, is to slightly tilt these tips. For that, I push them together and then push to the side that my thumb is on. And that has two effects. It curls it a bit, in this case, clockwise, and it also makes a slightly larger dent from my thumb on this side, then on this side from my index finger. That’s an effect I quite like. You can go around once and then, this has, in my opinion, a slightly softer feel. I hope you enjoyed this model by Carmen Sprung and happy folding!

100 thoughts on “Origami Instructions: Carambola (Carmen Sprung)

  1. I made this when I was still a beginner and I made it on my first try… It is really easy… Why does everyone say it is hard?

  2. This looked nice, but I followed each step and it didn't work. I gave up eventually because the explaining was horrid and it made no sense.

  3. Thank you for such a clear and easy-to-follow video, to my surprise I managed to make a beautiful Carambola first time so I'm thrilled to bits! 

  4. I thought this tutorial was extremely helpful, really well explained and demonstrated. Thank you very much! This is a very beautiful model and love the tilted effect at the end 🙂

  5. Making so many creases is frustrating enough… I can't tell you how many times I got lost in all the steps right after 8:35… it's explained clearly but just making those careful creases was extremely difficult. I guess I'll know better than to use magazine paper lol

  6. This is a great video. I've never tried origami before in any way shape or form, but I was able to complete this model. However I did get stuck a few times once we started on the "lemon squeezer" section, and had to retry a few times before I understood the technique –  poring over it in detail and rewinding –  so if the video had been slower and clearer at that point, it would have been useful.

    On the other hand, as a complete novice to folding paper, I was able to make the model and it looks good, so I'd call that a success!

  7. HI Sara, what paper did you use for your initial screenshot / thumbnail shown at 0:00, please?
    Thanks again for another wonderful tutorial!
    Best wishes from England.

  8. Pretty result but SO STRESSFUL. I'm a complete beginner so maybe I was just overly ambitious… but there were times during this that I made something really pretty and was chuffed with myself before looking up to compare and realising it was completely different ahhahah

  9. Could not do this. The lemon squeezer part didn't work. It was clear that I had a fold missing somewhere, but trying again, it was still missing. Did you skip a step, or was it me? Completely confused. And kept tearing the paper. I have never torn paper with origami before. Not a good thing.

  10. Oh, and I would like to add, I didn't really think your instructions were all that bad. Just because I couldn't really figure it out doesn't mean the instructions were poor, I just didn't get it is all. Still think something was skipped. Not sure.

  11. Seriously? Is it necessary to speed everything up. I hate tutorials from her because after I get done doing the first thing she's already stopped talking about the second. I pause every single five seconds. Rewind every single time.

  12. I already made this flower, and it came out pretty well for my experience with origami and the difficulty level of the flower. But I was wondering if this would work with any shape that has more than four sides? I was thinking of making a carambola based off of a hexagon…

  13. Amazing model and very nice video! I did it with paper cut from a letter envelope and it worked well! Thanks for another great tutorial! o/

  14. please tell me where is a good place to order origami paper online?

    i cant find local stores that sells top quality ones

  15. A little hard to follow at points, but generally quite good. Tip: you can fold the points of the petals at the last stage around the inside of a pen for a nice effect ^^ It's what I do with butterflies, and it works equally well!

  16. Somewhere between 8:42 and 8:56, this thing completely fell apart. I thought I followed the instructions, but mine looked nothing like the finished result, and I definitely didn't have anything with a structure I could push a pentagon into afterword. Unhappyfolding.

  17. This could be #myfirst video I watched on your channel. I'm not quite sure, but it is definitely still one of my favourite models. 🙂

  18. #myfirst I'd been using diagrams and books before I decided to fold more difficult models so I discovered your channel a bit late. After watching this video and folding successfully, I subscribed and have been checking your uploads ever since.

  19. Hello! This was #myfirst video of yours that I watched. Love your instructions and creativity. Thanks for offering all your fun giveaways. 🙂

  20. Hi Sara, congratulations to your 10-years anniversary from Bremen, Germany!
    I´ve been following your account since I started with origami in 2013.
    #myfirst model folded from your tutorial was this one: Carmen Sprung´s Carambola and I still love this model.

    As you already said it is not easy for beginners to fold from diagrams and I was very happy to find your tutorials
    wich are so clear and good to follow for beginners as well as for the advanced folders.
    There are so many bad tutorials out there on YT…
    Sometimes I thought you talk too much (sorry – only sometimes ;)) and I muted the video and found out
    you do not only describe very well IN WORDS what you do but also SHOW the important points very clearly.
    And you really improved your skills over the years!

    I was very happy when you finally came back after taking your break.
    Maybe you got a little too obsessed with origami that time – I can absolutely understand that.
    I´m glad you found your way and after taking a step back from posting weekly you feel comfortable.

    Thank you for finding all the great models and the hard work you do to make them foldable for us!

  21. #myfirst  Actually, I discovered this model and your channel through the German version on papierfalten. It was a few years ago and till then, I am visiting your web site and English-speaking YouTube channel regularly,  eager to discover new tutorials.

  22. Pretty fun to fold and looks beautiful! I'll have to make sure to cut a cleaner pentagon next time, since cutting through all those layers with an x-acto knife was pretty sloppy. Scissors are the better tool for sure.

  23. Recently I've uploaded a video on my YouTube channel about a origami flower. 😀 it's inspired by Carambola origami ( Carmen Sprung)

  24. Your tutorials are pretty damn good! I liked and subscribed 😉 Maybe check me out! I do the same type of videos!

  25. Can someone try to design this as a kusudama? maybe I'll just glue them togethere… NO! MUST RESIST

  26. too difficult for a beginner! the voice and manners are very sweet, but the result was a disaster! I will try simpler flowers first

  27. Really confused with where I have to fold. It was quite hard to see the folds on the example so was almost impossible for me to see where Im actually meant to put a corner to a fold somewhere, was really confusing personally

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