In this video, I’m going to show you how to fold an origami Star Bowl designed by Dasa Severova. Do check out her flickr-stream to view more of her stunning work. In this video, I’ll be using a square sheet of paper with a side-length of 15 cm or 6 inches. And this results in a bowl with a diameter of 11.5 cm or 4 1/2 in and a height of 2.5 cm or 1 in. This is the perfect size to put a tea light into the bowl and isn’t that absolutely stunning? You can also use patterned paper and perhaps colored candles to give an even more stunning look in just a really really decorative piece. I do recommend that you use slightly heavier paper for this model so that the bowl is nice and robust. Now the model isn’t actually folded from a square sheet but from an octagon. So I’ll very quickly show you how to cut an octagon from a square first. We’re going to fold in half, point to point, to crease the diagonal and all of the creases we are creating now will actually be necessary for the final model. Unfold, rotate and crease the second diagonal. Unfold, flip over and then fold edge to edge. Do try to work precisely here, because then you will get a very regular octagon. Rotate and again crease in half. Now take the paper up and push it so that you can see four flaps and put two to each side. Then rotate, so that the open point points upwards. then take one flap and have it pop up perpendicularly and then push on the crease while opening this flap to squash down. Ensure that while aligning this crease line with this parting that the parting is closed, so that there is no gap here. And make a crease on the right and the left. Flip over and repeat with the second flap. We have to repeat this four times once on each flap. Then turn over one layer on each side and squash the other two remaining flaps, in the same way. Now, cut off all of this paper along this edge right here. You can use scissors. I’m just going to use a metal ruler and a cutting knife. And unfold to receive your octagon. Now we’re going to start with the real folding. But all of the crease lines that we have on here are already necessary. Now first we’re going to take one point and bring it to the center and we’re going to fold only between two of these sections. So you can see there’s a valley fold here and then there’s two mountain folds here. We’re going to bring the point to the center and only crease in this section. Here you can see there’s a crease line only in this section. And now repeat seven more times. Now we created an octagon inside that larger one. We’re going to create another octagon by now taking edge and bringing it up so that these two points lie on these two points of the octagon we just creased. And, again, we’re only going to crease in these two central sections. So I’m only creasing right here. And then again repeat in total eight times to get an octagon. So now you have a smaller octagon in the center. Now this creates some shapes and we’re going to refer to them to little houses and big houses. Here you can see crease lines that form a small oddly shaped house. And the same structure is visible right here. And we’re going to add straight edges for the walls and then we’re going to change the angle of the roof. So for this, we’re first going to fold in half, so that you have points meeting. Can you see that here, we’re folding between two points. And we have a point in the center. And here, again, you can see that small house structure. Now, we’re going to add a straight line by taking this edge right here, starting from this point and aligning it with the top of the roof. And then creasing just inside this small area. So I’m starting a crease in this point and aligning the edge with the top of the roof to crease. And we’re going to do that eight times and we always need to use the right side to align because the direction of the creases is important. Now you can see here that that small house has straight walls and now we’re going to change the angle of the roof. For this, we’re going to work with the white side up and we’re going to have one of those edges right in front of us and we’re going to create a crease between this point and that point, but this time we’re not going to crease in the middle section -the two middle sections- that we used to crease the octagon. This is very important so that when you have this finished model, you have a nice rounded edge here rather than a crease line. So we’re going to fold this up, catch one corner and the other and then pull it straight by putting a lot of pressure and pulling outside, to get a nice straight edge, even though you’re not creasing the center. And then only crease here, leaving this area untouched. And repeat seven more times. So now, if you look at one of these small houses, you can see we have a roof and we have straight edges for the house structure. Now we have these larger houses here, too, and we again want to have straight walls and a different angle on the roof. So, now we’re going to repeat the procedure for the larger houses. For this, we’re going to first do the straight edges. So we’re going to fold this time in half, so that we have an edge on the top and we’re folding in half one of the edges and then we’re going to take this edge and we’re going to align it with a crease line we’ve got right here. And make a crease and continue until you’ve creased all of these sections. Now, in the center, the direction of the creases was important. And this time it is, too, but here we need mountain folds seen from the colored side on both sides. So, I’ve got mountain fold on one side and then a valley fold. Always on each of the houses a mountain fold and a valley fold. So we’re going to change each of the valley folds into a mountain fold, by just pinching, and then pressing into a mountain fold shape. And now we have to change the angle of the roof. For this, we’re going to fold this edge over to that fold line. But because we want mountain folds, we’re going to work with the white side up. So we’re always bringing one of the edges to a crease line, that also goes into the corner. And we only need to crease a small section. So you can see right here we then have a slightly different angle on the roof of that house shape. And we do that all the way around, on the left and the right. So, in total, we’ve got 16 repetitions. So now the precreasing is done. We’re first going to fix the locking mechanism, then we’re going to collapse the center and then we’re going to put the locking mechanism back into place, and then we’re done. So, first, for the locking mechanism, we’re going to look at one of these edges. We have crease lines, that start in the points, that go out, which we just created, and then some next to it, too. And then we have this point right here, where these creases meet and there is a straight crease right there. So we’re going to go along the straight crease and the one next to it. And we’re going to do this by pushing this together and then pushing over the paper. So you can see that there’s a point that goes inside, right here, and you have this action, right here. And then you’re going to fix this with one finger or with two fingers, I suppose, a thumb and a finger. And then you’re going to bend one section of the paper to the back, leaving this section of paper open and loose, and the other one. And then you have to go inside and loosen that paper a little, so that you can squash it down. Now you can try this with your fingers. You just have to be very careful, always pushing just a little, until you can see that paper has opened up nicely. And then you squash that paper down, so that there is a very strong crease here. And then that section is prepared and you can unfold it again and move on to the next section. Now, if you find it hard to open the paper, or if you’re using very small paper, then you can use a tool, for example a toothpick. So, just seen from the back, again, fold over and then fold those two sections to the back and then you have to open that paper here. And if you want you can try and go in with a tool to open this. At this size I still find it quite doable, but you may already want to use a tool. And sometimes the paper gets stuck a bit more and then I also prefer using a tool. So, again, folding to the back on one side and the other and then if you don’t want to use your fingers but a tool, you can go in here, to open that up nicely. So that you really catch that point and then go inside with your finger and then press flat to make very strong creases here, because this is the lock and while you’re locking all of the sides, they may come apart just a little bit. Once you’ve completed the model, it’s actually quite stable. But, you know, in that collapsing stage it really helps when you do these precreasings and also when you make them very strong. And complete all of the others. Now, once you’ve done this lock all the way around, we can continue and collapse the center and then refold those locks. So, for the center we have these small houses and we have these straight lines for the walls of the house. We’re going to refold those in the direction that we folded. So, I’m just pushing on this small section, so that it refolds. It should go quite naturally because of the precreasing. You do want the small octagon in the center to be valley fold, so that it wouldn’t pop up in a mountain fold fashion. But again, we have this right direction, so it should be OK. So, I’m pushing this and then you can see this section of paper here and we want to open it up a little. So you can see this is still folded and I’m opening this up and I’m fixing this paper so it doesn’t unfold, by simply putting my index finger on it. Can you see that? It’s just there and I’m opening it and I’m keeping that folded there. And then, I’m going to pinch right that section to add a small crease. Like this. And then, I’m going to go to the next one. I like to work in a counter clockwise fashion. Here, just really be careful that you get that nice valley fold structure in the center. So, I’ve got this collapsed. I’m opening it up all the way and then pinching. And moving on to the next one. And pinching.. And to the next one. There is a valley fold here, then I’m pressing it over, opening it up. There you go. And then, I am pinching right there. Perhaps, seen from the back, I am pushing the paper over, I am opening it up and I am pinching it. And do that all the way around. And once you’re kind of getting more and more stages you will want to try and have these sections bent out a little bit. So, let’s see, how do I best show this? Let’s first finish this one by pinching. We can try and keep these collapsed. But to have them stay collapsed we need to bend these sections out a little bit. So, bending them out. So now you can see that star shape emerging. And then we can continue with those small pinches. There you go. And now we need to lock the model, so we’re refolding those locks that we did before. Ensure that this is a full valley fold, then fold it over to the side you did before and fold together and now to make it really easier so that they don’t come undone too much we’re going to make a very strong mountain fold here so that this here is folded in half. And now you really have to be careful that this bends to the outside and not inside. At this point you actually may want to squeeze in here, to get nice, soft bent, so that you don’t add extra creases here, while locking. And you can again go around once you have locked the model. So, once you’ve got that you just go back to that one section that’s locked and then continue with the next one, always having a full valley fold here, folding it over and then collapsing back that small squash fold we have and again make a strong mountain fold and ensure that this is tilted to the outside, else it will be hard to finish collapsing, or perhaps I could even say impossible. And again you’re refolding that squash and making a strong mountain fold here. And again ensuring that the structure of the bowl comes together. Just sorting this out a little, so that you get a nice bowl. And the final one. Now your bowl is pretty much finished. What you want to do if you want to get rid of any of these wrinkles on the paper, so that you have a nice soft finish. Again, if you are using quite small paper, you may want to use a tool – again a toothpick will work pretty well. And this is now still quite 3D. So, first you can bend these points up a little. If you want curl them. So that will be better already. Make sure that none of these locks unfolds. And then you can really press it down. And now, one good thing to do if you want a really robust model and especially if you used a slightly heavier paper, you can spritz the paper with a bit of water and then keep it in this shape until it has dried. So, for example, you could put a book on here. Or you could just put a book on here and then let it stay overnight. Now, for the very fast procedure, you can also pull up the tips a bit more. And here you’re creating a soft crease, I suppose, so that it doesn’t unfold as much popping up. And then, the star bowl also is quite flat already. And then you can put your tea light in there and enjoy. So, I hope you enjoyed following this video to fold the Star Bowl, designed by Dasa Severova. Now that you know how to fold it, how about you try folding the Star Helena, designed by Carmen Sprung, which can also be used as a DVD wrapper. Or check out my playlist of different origami boxes and containers. I’ve also got a playlist of tutorials for Christmas and winter related models, which you may like. Subscribe to my channel, so you don’t miss my next videos and finally do check out my website happyfolding.com for more origami content. I hope to see you around and Happy folding!