Origami St. George’s Cube (Francis Ow)

Origami St. George’s Cube (Francis Ow)


Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami! And today I’ll be teaching you how to fold an Origami St. George’s Cube
designed by Francis Ow. This is a simple modular model and it looks great when
it’s completed. This model requires seven square sheets of paper. Each unit is
folded from a rectangle with a dimension ratio of 3:4, so before
folding the unit’s, I’ll show you how to cut each square to the correct
dimensions using a folding tool. You’ll need six squares to fold the units, and
you’ll need an additional square of the same size for the folding tool. So you’ll
need a total of seven equally-sized squares. I recommend using six inch squares to
fold this model. Using six inch squares will result in a cube with a side length
of 2.25 inches. I’m going to be using larger paper with
color on one side and white on the other just to make it a bit easier to follow
along. And we’re going to start by making the folding tool. So take one square and make sure it’s
the same size as the other six squares that you will use for the units. And once
you have your paper, start with the white side up. 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, then
make your crease, and we’re not going to unfold. Instead, we’re simply going to rotate the
paper 180 degrees so that the folded edge is now held on the left. And we’ll use this as a folding tool to help cut the rectangles for the units. So
once you have this, then we’re going to take one of the six squares that we
prepared for the units and we’re going to hold it with the white side up. Then what we want to do is pick up the
square, and we’re going to slide it in between the two layers of the folding
tool. And we’re going to push it over to the left as far as it will go. Once the left side of the square aligns
with the left side of the folding tool, you should have something like this. Then
we’re going to fold over the right edge of the square and align it with the
colored edge of the folding tool. So we’re going to do that by first
lifting up the right side of the paper, and we’re going to pull it over to the
left until both edges are completely aligned. And once everything is aligned,
then you can make your crease all the way across. And once you’ve done that,
then you can pull the square outside of the folding tool, and you should have
something like this. And for now we’re going to put the folding tool aside and
focus on the first square. And what we want to do is simply unfold the flap that we just folded in. So we’re
simply going to fold that flap over to the right. And what you want to do is cut
the paper along the crease that we just created. And once you’ve done that, then
you’ll be left with these two rectangles. And what you want to do from here is put
the narrow strip aside, and we’ll be focusing on this 3:4
rectangle that we’ll use for the units. And once you have your first rectangle,
then you want to repeat the same process on the remaining five squares that you
prepared for the units. And once you’ve done that, you should be left with six
rectangles with the dimension ratio of 3:4. And now we’re going to modify the
folding tool to help us fold the units. So for now we’re going to put the six
rectangles aside and instead focus on the folding tool. So first what we want to do is simply
unfold the folding tool so that we’re back to the original square. And now
we’re going to fold the right edge over to align with the center vertical crease. So we’re going to do that by pulling the right edge over to the left, just like
this. And once the entire edge is aligned with that crease, then you can make your
crease. And once you have this, then you can unfold. And now we’re going to fold
this right edge over to align with the vertical crease that we just made. And we’re going to do that by first pulling
over this right edge, and once the entire edge is aligned with that vertical crease,
then you can make your crease. And your model should look like this. Then you can
unfold. And now we’re going to fold this right edge in to align with the center
vertical crease just like we did before. So we’re just going to fold over the
right edge along an existing crease. And once your model looks like this, then
we’re going to rotate the paper 180 degrees. And then you’re
folding tool is complete. And once you have this, then we’re ready to fold the
units. So we’re going to put the folding tool aside, and we’re going to start with
our first 3:4 rectangle with the white side up. We’re going to hold it long ways like
this, and then we’re going to start by making a small reference crease on each
side of the model. So we’re going to start by folding in
half horizontally. So we’re going to take this bottom edge and fold it up to the
top edge. Align the corners and the edges, and then
we’re not going to crease all the way. You just want to make a small reference
crease on the left, just like this, and then you want to do the same thing on
the right. And once you’ve done that on both sides, then you can unfold. And now
we’re going to fold up the bottom edge and align it with these
two reference creases that we just made. So we’re going to start by pulling up
the bottom edge, just like this, and once the edges align with both of those
reference creases, then you can make your crease all the way across. And once you
have this, then you can unfold. And now we’re going to rotate the paper 180 degrees. And then we’re going to do the same exact thing. So once again, we’re going to fold up
this bottom edge and align it with those two small reference creases just like we
did on the other side. Again, pull up the bottom edge, and once it’s aligned with
those two small creases, then you can make your crease all the way across. And
once you have this, then you can unfold. And now we’re going to need the folding
tool to make some important new creases. So we’re going to start by sliding this
rectangle in between the two layers of the folding tool just like we did before. And we’re going to do that by picking up the rectangle, and we want to slide it over
to the left until the left edge of the rectangle aligns with the left edge of
the folding tool. And once everything is aligned, then we’re going to fold the
right edge of the rectangle over to this vertical crease on the folding tool. So we’re going to do that by pulling
over this right edge, and once the entire edge is aligned with that vertical crease,
then you can make your crease. And once your model looks like this, then you can
unfold and slide the rectangle outside of the folding tool. And now we’re going
to rotate the rectangle 180 degrees. And then we’re going to
do the same exact thing. So once again we’re going to pick up the
rectangle and we’re going to slide it inside of the folding tool as far as it
will go. And once everything is aligned, then we’re going to fold the right edge
of the rectangle over to the vertical crease on the folding tool. So we’re just going to pick up this
right edge, pull it over to the left, and once the edge and the crease are
completely aligned, then you can make your crease. And once you have this, then
you can unfold. And then slide the rectangle outside of the folding tool
once again. And then we’re going to turn the rectangle over. And now you can see
that we’ve created the two creases that will need to create the color strip on
the completed unit. And now we’re going to create two new creases in a similar
way. So once again, we’re going to pick up
this rectangle and we’re going to slide it inside of the folding tool as far as
it’ll go. And once everything is aligned, then we’re
going to fold over this right edge. And instead of folding it to this vertical
crease, we’re going to fold it to this colored
edge here. So once again, simply pick up the right side of the
model, and pull the edge over to the left. And once the two edges are aligned, then
you can make your crease. And once you have this, then you can unfold and slide
the rectangle outside of the folding tool once again. Then we’re going to
rotate the rectangle 180 degrees, and then we’re going to do the
same exact thing. So once again we’re going to pick up the
rectangle, slide it inside of the folding tool as far as it will go, and once
everything is aligned, then we’re going to fold over this right edge and align it
with this colored edge here. So once again, pull over the right side
of the model. And once both of those edges are aligned, then you can make your
crease. And once you have this, then you can unfold and slide the rectangle
outside of the folding tool one last time. And now that we’ve made all the
necessary pre creases. So we can put the folding tool to the side, and now we’re
going to fold in the right edge of the rectangle and align it with this
rightmost vertical crease. So we’re going to do that by simply pulling over this
right edge, just like this. And once the edge is aligned with that crease, then you
can make your crease. And once you have this, then we’re not going to unfold. Instead we’re simply going to rotate the
paper 180 degrees and then we’re going to do the same exact thing. So once again, we’re going to fold over
this right edge and align it with this rightmost vertical crease. So we’re
simply going to pull the right edge over just like we did before. And once the
entire edge is aligned with that crease, then you can make your crease. And once
you’ve done that on both sides, your model should look like this. And now
we’re going to pleat along existing creases. And we’re going to start with this rightmost
vertical crease here, and what we want to do is fold it over to the right along
the crease that runs underneath this white edge here. So we’re going to do
that by first pinching this crease from the top just to make sure it’s a
mountain fold, and then we want to push the left side of the model over to the
right along that existing crease just to flatten everything out. And once you’ve
done that, your model should look like this. And if you lift up the model, it should
look like this from the side. And now we’re going to do the same thing on the
left. So once again, we’re going to fold this
leftmost vertical crease over to the left along the crease that runs
underneath this white edge here. So we’re going to do that by first pinching this
crease from the top just to make sure it’s a mountain fold. And then we want to
push the right side of the model over to the left just to flatten everything out
along that existing crease. And once you’ve done that
on both sides, your model should look like this. And if you pick up the model and look at
it from the side, then you can see the new pleats that we just created. And now
we’re going to turn the model over. And now we’re going to fold in the top and
bottom edges along these two existing horizontal creases. So we’re going to start with this bottom
edge here, and we’re going to fold it up along this bottom horizontal crease. So
we’re simply going to fold up the bottom edge, just like this, and then we want to
reinforce this crease through all layers, just like this. And then you can slightly
unfold that flap just so that it’s held at a 90 degree angle, and once you have
this then we’re going to rotate the paper 180 degrees and
we’re going to do the same exact thing. So once again, fold up this bottom edge
along this bottom most horizontal crease. So just fold it up like this. Again, you
want to reinforce that crease through all layers, and then you can slightly
unfold the flap that we just folded in so that it’s held at a 90 degree angle. And once you’ve done that on both sides, then you can turn the model over, and
this is one completed unit. Now you must fold five more. Once you folded all six units, you’re
going to need two to start the assembly. Then look at one and you’ll notice that it
has a flap like this on each side and also has a hidden pocket underneath this
colored strip here on each side. Then we want to take a second unit, and what we
want to do is slide the flap from the second unit underneath the colored strip
on the first unit. So we’re going to do that by first
picking up both units, and then we’re going to slide the second unit’s flap
under the first unit’s colored strip, just like this. And you want to continue
sliding both units together until they don’t want to go any further. And once both units are aligned, you
should have something like this. And now you’ve connected two units. So from here,
we’re simply going to rotate the model so that the second unit is now held on
top. And now we’re going to add the third unit the same way. So once again, we’re going to start by
sliding the third unit’s flap underneath the colored strip on the second unit. So we’re going to do that by picking up
all three units, and again we want to slide the second and third units
together just like we did before. Again, continue to slide the units
together until they’re completely aligned, just like this. And then you’ll notice a trapped layer
underneath the third unit here. So what we want to do is carefully pull
that flap out from underneath, just like this. Then we want to slide the first
unit’s flap underneath the colored strip on the third unit. So we’re going to do that just like we
did before. Again, bring the first and third units together, just like this. And
you want to continue sliding them together until all three units are
aligned. And once you’ve done that, then you’ve connected three units. And now we’re going to add the fourth unit the same way. And we’re going to do that by first
rotating the model so that the third unit is now held on top. Then what we
want to do is slide the fourth unit’s flap underneath the colored strip on the
third unit just like we’ve been doing. So you just want to bring the third and
fourth units together, just like this, and you want to continue sliding them together
until they are completely aligned. And then you should have something like this. Then we’re going to rotate the model so that the fourth unit is now held on top. And again, you’ll see this layer trapped behind the fourth unit here. So what we want to do is carefully pull
that layer out from underneath. Be careful not to separate all the units. Then what we want to do is slide the second unit’s flap underneath the colored
strip on the fourth unit just like we’ve been doing. Again, be careful not to
separate all the units. And you want to continue sliding the units together
until everything is completely aligned. And once you’ve done that, then you’ve
connected four units. And now we’re going to attach the 5th unit the same way. So we’re going to do that by sliding the fifth unit’s flap underneath the colored
strip on the fourth unit just like we’ve been doing. So once again, slide the
fourth and fifth units together, just like this. And continue sliding them
together until they’re completely aligned. And then we’re going to rotate
the model so that the 5th unit is now held on top. And once again, you’ll see on
the left side here there’s a trapped layer underneath. So what
we want to do is carefully reveal that layer and place it down on top of the
5th unit just like we’ve been doing, just like this. Then again, we want to slide
this flap underneath the color strip on the 5th unit. So we’re going to do that just like we
did before. So you want to bring these two units together until they’re
completely aligned. Then you should have something like this. And now we’re going
to connect the second flap on the 5th unit. And we’re going to do that by slightly
rotating the model, and then we want to slide the fifth unit’s flap underneath
this colored strip here. And we’re going to do that just like we’ve been doing by bringing the two units together until
they’re completely aligned, just like this. And once your model looks like this,
then you’ve connected five units. And now we’re going to rotate the model so that
the two remaining flaps are now held on the bottom. And now we’re going to add
the last unit the same way. And we’re going to do that by first inserting the
last unit’s flaps inside of the model’s unused pockets. So we’re going to start
with this strip here, and we’re just going to slide these two units together until
they’re completely aligned, just like this. And now we’re going to rotate the
model so that the last unit is now held on top. And before we connect the second
flap on the last unit, we have to release the two trapped layers from underneath. So as you’re doing this, you carefully want to pull the trapped layers out to either side,
just like this. And once you have this, then you want to place those layers on
top of the last unit the same way, just to keep all the layers in place. And now
we’re going to connect the second flap on the last unit. And we’re going to
slide this flap underneath the corresponding colored strip. And once
again, we’re going to slide these two units together until they’re completely
aligned. As you’re doing this, be careful not to separate the rest of the units. And once everything is completely aligned, your model should look something
like this. And then to finish connecting the last unit, we simply have to connect
these two remaining flaps here. So we’re simply going to rotate the model. And
we’re going to slide these two flaps underneath this colored strip just like
we’ve been doing. Assembling these last two flaps can be
challenging, so you may have to bend them a bit just to get them under this
colored strip. And once you’ve connected the last two
flaps, then your St. George’s Cube is complete!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this video tutorial on how to fold an Origami St.
George’s Cube designed by Francis Ow. Feel free to upload photos of your
completed model to the new YouTube gallery my website to be featured here
in my next video, or simply upload your photos to instagram with the hashtag
#ezorigami to be featured here as well. Again, I hope you’ve enjoyed this video. Please comment, rate, subscribe, and thank you for watching!

15 thoughts on “Origami St. George’s Cube (Francis Ow)

  1. Feeling ambitious after my last video, so I made it my goal to upload two videos in a week! I hope you like it– please let me know what you think!

  2. Dude awesome tutorial I'm definitely gonna fold and demo this. Please subscribe to my channel to be notified when I make a video. Please. Thank you

  3. As always, great work Evan, super clear instructions and a joy to watch.

    This model reminds me of the columbous cube. A clever adaptation with 3:4 paper and external rather than internal assembly gives a striking colour change!

  4. Now I can make tiny gifts for my friends! Thank you for the demonstration and the details. Keep that way!
    May you please make an Owl origami specifically created by Roman Diaz in your future videos? That is my request. Please do so. Thank you!

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