Origami Instructions: CD/DVD Case “Star Helena” by Carmen Sprung

Origami Instructions: CD/DVD Case “Star Helena” by Carmen Sprung

In this video I am going to
show you how to fold an origami star “Helena”
designed by Carmen Sprung. You can use it as a DVD wrapper
or for any other round, flat object. Diagrams can be found in the book “Origami: 21 Sterne”,
which translates to “Origami: 21 Stars”
by Carmen Sprung. It is in German, but the diagrams
are so clear that you don’t need to know German
to follow along. Indeed, this may well be
the most beautiful origami book I own. Carmen is a perfectionist
and you can really tell in this book. Now, on to the star Helena. We need an octagon. I already have a video on how
to fold one from a square, but I thought I’d show you a different
way here. But let’s first talk about
paper sizes. If you want to fold a model
for a miniDVD like this one – you can take it out, put it
in again, close it up – then you need to start with a square
that has a side length of 21.5cm or 8.5in. For a standard-sized DVD
use a square with a side length of 32cm or 12.75in. More generally, if you want to wrap
a circle with a specific diameter then simply take that diameter
and multiply it by 2.65 and that gives you the side length
of the starting square. You may want to add just
a couple of mm or 1/8in to 1/4in
to give it a bit more space to move. Now let’s get folding. First we’re going to fold
a preliminary base. Once you have the preliminary base we’re going to squash-fold
each of the flaps. Try to work as precisely as possible, squashing, getting a nice corner, ensuring that both layers are aligned, and then aligning this crease
with that parting. Flip over, do the next flap.
We need to do all four flaps. And now, to get an octagon,
we need to cut off this section of paper. You can use scissors.
I’m going to use a cutting knife. Ensure that the layers
are balanced out to make it a bit easier
to cut through all layers. Try to cut precisely here. The more precisely you cut your octagon, the nicer the finished model
is going to be. There’s several layers of paper here. This is a very sharp knife, so you can go through
all of them at once. And now we have a nice octagon. Now we’re going to start with
the white side up for a model where
this light blue would be the purple and the white would be this
kind of tan color. Now we’re going to take a corner and we’re going to align it with the vertical, central crease so that the two adjoining corners
lie on the horizontal, central crease. So first align this point
and then check that each of these two points lie on that other central crease. And crease throughout. Unfold, rotate,
and repeat on the 7 other corners. You will see that you have created
this star shape with these creases. Next we’re going to rotate, so that we have a straight edge
in the bottom. We’re going to make valley folds on this small section here,
which is halfway, and then two of the creases
we just created – kind of like a rabbit ear fold. So these three creases already exist and then we’re going to
fold it over to one side and make a crease and the other side
and also make a crease. And then we need to repeat that 7 more times,
once on each of the sides. Now you’ve got that done, you’ve created these
mountain folds here. Now we’re going to go along the valley folds and those
mountain folds we created to make a twist fold. There are different ways
in which you can make a twist fold. We’re going to flip over the model and we’re first going to make
mountain folds on these creases that lie
between two points. By doing that we also want to raise this central octagon. I’m taking my hand and putting that underneath,
so that the octagon starts to pop up. Next we’re going to
take each of these flaps and push them counter-clockwise going along that mountain fold
I’d shown you. This is the first one
and then the next one, the next one, trying to keep this
relatively 3D still, so that we can then collapse
in one go. So that all of these flaps are
basically in the right direction already and then we can turn the model over and just push flat. And then your twist fold is all done. Next we’re going to take one flap and just
get it out of the way, making a crease that goes from this point up to that point. This gives us space to work
on this section. Now we’re going to make
a squash-fold so that this point right here
is going to land right there,
where there’s an extra layer and the white layer meeting each other. In other words,
you’re basically creating a crease from this point
up to that point. And then you make a crease here and a crease there. Then repeat on all of the sides. For the last two – we’d gotten rid of this – so we’re going to pull out a layer so that it looks just like before. That’s the second to last one. And then for the last one
we’re going to pull out this paper and again repeat that step. This is halfway done already. So now we have this and next we’re going to
form the inside star. Again, we need to get rid
of some paper first. We’re going to create a crease
that goes along this edge right here to get some paper out of the way. Then we have this pocket right here. We’re going to make
a squash-fold. We’re first going to take
this whole section and fold it along this edge here and there
and then do a nice, symmetrical squash-fold. Really try to put your finger all to the bottom in there,
so that you get a nice point. And then you just align that corner nicely to get a symmetrical shape and in the end a symmetrical star. Then we’re going to create a crease
between these two points, folding down one layer. Try to work quite precisely here,
so that you get a nice star in the center. Finally, we’re going to
inside reverse fold along this crease right here and that crease right there. So, open up a bit, push the
paper inside, and close it up on each side. Continue with the other points, this time going counter-clockwise. When you’ve got two remaining remember that we folded this flap for the first one
to get some paper out of the way. We’re going to fold it back,
then do the 7th squash-fold and then the final one. And then your star Helena designed by Carmen Sprung
is all done. Now, to open this model I like to take two corners
and just pull. And it opens,
and this is where you can put your DVD or other flat, round object. Then you can push it closed again. It goes quite automatically. Again, open and
simply push closed. I hope you enjoyed this model and happy folding!

100 thoughts on “Origami Instructions: CD/DVD Case “Star Helena” by Carmen Sprung

  1. Preciosa!!! moltes gràcies ja l'he fet dos vegades i si la primera va quedar bé la segona perfecta, m'encanta , moltes gràcies, ens en ensenyaràs més d'aquestes ??? semblants? per favor!!!!

  2. Ens podràs fer més coses d'aquest llibre tan maco que ens has ensenyat, ??? és que ho expliques molt bé i així seguint els teus passos poc a poc em surt molt bé, no sé si en sabria d'un altra manera, per favorrr, jajaja gràcies, per cert tens un nen molt bonic, Felicitats!! Una abraçada.

  3. Das war, dank der guten Erklärung, ziemlich einfach. Allerdings ist ein Oktagon mit einem Durchmesser von etwas über 8 cm zu klein für eine herkömmliche CD bzw. DVD, die einen Durchmesser von etwas über 12 cm hat, oder habe ich etwas falsch verstanden? Übrigens gleicht Origami bei dem Wetter echt einer Sportart, ich bin beim Falten ganz schön ins Schwitzen geraten 😉

  4. Vielen Dank. Tolle und übersichtliche Anleitung. Ich habe sie schon gefaltet und es hat beim 1.mal schon funktioniert.

  5. Im Video gebe ich an, dass man für eine normale DVD ein Quadrat mit einer Seitenlänge von 32cm verwenden sollte. Mini-DVDs haben einen Durchmesser von etwa 8cm, also reicht auch ein kleineres Quadrat.

  6. I loved this Master piece!!! Lovely..!! I made a similar one… its mind blowing & unbelievable!! Thank you so much for sharing such rare art!! Thanks a lot!!

  7. Stern Franziska. Aber ich weiß nicht ob Diagramme außer im Buch veröffentlicht wurden. Dennoch: Fröhliches Falten!

  8. Dear AdamSara, I have just been inspired to take up Origami having being given a 'Moravian Paper Star' made by a work colleague. I had to know how to make it and have since made more than 20! I now have the 'bug' and have been hunting out origami sites. Love your site, its very clear and easy to follow. I have just completed two 'Star Helena's', one from a 22cm square, and the secon

  9. and the second 11cm! Both came out well. I used Christmas paper cut to size. Look forward to making more complex models under your tuition! You say you were late taking up Origami in your 20's, well how about me at 60!! Never to late to learn new skills and it helps keep the arthritis at bay!! Sorry for the 'split message, but I pressed send by mistake!!

  10. Hi Sara,

    Just wondering if you're 'contact me' email on your website Happy Folding is working, as I sent you an email there a week or so ago, about this model, and did not receive a reply?? I would have sent an email here as well, but I can no longer figure out how to do that? I think the option to email on youtube may be gone.

  11. Anyhow I guess I'll ask the question here as well, since not getting an answer from your page email. Just wanted to know what the finished dimensions of the octagon are, for the full size cd, with the 12.75in paper. I am unable to cut or print anything in that size, but that is the size I require. Hoping to buy some paper and already cut into octagons the right size.

  12. Excellent tutorial thank you! very clear and patiently done….your English is excellent also, but can i just say you might like to know that we always pronounce symmetrical as sim-metrical in English. 🙂

  13. how do those lines appear at every fold! i would assume stopping th video, drawing and resuming but your hands flow so smoothly that i dont know anymore!

  14. That's AMAZING!! I had a project for my visual design course to make a CD case and I followed your instructions, the result is a mind-blowing CD case for sure 🙂
    Can't wait to show it to my professor, Thank you.


  16. Hello Sara ! I would like to post the link of your video in my blog, do you agree ? I hope to hear from you soon 😀

  17. In my opinion: she's cutting the paper to get the right shape of paper. Or did you find any shop that sells paper octagons ¬¬ ?

  18. The pop band, Mecano, published in the year 1991, a CD-single entitled "Una rosa es una rosa." (A Rose Is A Rose). In one of the special editions of the single was a cardboard box that was shaped like a rose and person could take the CD (disc) he or she had to open petals of the rose (the petals was the CD case) and at its inside was compact disc. Might you make a CD-case that it will be a rose flower origami and when I open it inside of it is the CD???.

  19. I saw a comment of yours saying you buy paper from conventions and special stores. Can you list in the description WHERE you buy your paper online? I can't find paper ANYWHERE that is the size required to make this for a normal sized CD.

  20. Thankyou for this great tutorial- you are an excellent teacher! I have made it 3 times now with different paper i designed and printed out.. Love this tutorial! Thanks 🙂

  21. absolutely perfect instructions! easy to follow, considering it's a bit of a complicated figure. Very well done, thanks!

  22. Perfect & nice tutorial. Really learn a lot from this video.
    Thumb up

    May I ask you 1 question?
    Do you have any tutorial of turning this origami disc case into a box (refer to the link: https://sharmilasart.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/dsc02562.jpg)
    Thank you very much ^^

  23. I love origami and i think you are very clear with your instructions =) I just have one question, more out of curiosity… how in the hell do you get the dashed line to show on every new crease you make when they weren't there before? I've given a lot of thought to that only and I'm so very curious xD

  24. Very nice tutorial! I love how you always know where one might have difficulty and then you provide extra help! I found the model very beautiful and it surely is useful. Can be a great improvement for a gift (a present, not poison haha)! Thanks for the video!

  25. Me: 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 10000 hours later
    YAS! Oh…it broke

  26. Such a wonderfull CD box for a gift. Just a little pain having to cut off some 3cm borders out of a 35×35 sheet properly to suite a standard 12cm CD/DVD/BlueRay 🙂
    Thank you !

  27. #cantstop this one is simple and a lot of fun! ive used this for giving out presents and have even taught my brother it! lots of fun this one

  28. #myfirst
    This was the first video I watched and also the first model I folded from your videos. Still love the Star Helena by Carmen Sprung.

  29. Hi! I'm 5th grade student. I'm from Korea and we, Korean people like orgami and are good at orgami. But you're even better than me!! I was called 'orgami master' when I was in US. I mean, even better. (Plus, I'm not boasting;; haha)
    And this orgami that you made is one of my orgamis that my friends told me:"It's awesome!!"
    Thank you for making these 🙂

  30. Amazing. Your videos are also very clear and it helps me to understand the folds and come through. I do get stuck but since I am doing it for first time for difficult creases. Thank you for posting such videos.

  31. Her: "Try to be as precise as possible"
    Me: [using wrong paper size] [using wrong paper type] [probably not even a perfect square tbh]
    Me: [shocked when I actually make something decent that barely holds a CD]
    Me: 👍👍👍

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