Origami Stella (Evan Zodl)

Origami Stella (Evan Zodl)


Hey guys, this is Evan from EZ Origami! And today I’ll be teaching you how to fold one of my original origami designs
named Stella. It’s a very simple modular model and it
looks great when it’s completed. This model requires 8 square sheets of paper. Each unit is folded from one square and I recommend using 3 inch squares to
fold the units. Using 3 inch squares will result in a star about 4.25 inches wide. And 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 once
you’ve prepared your paper, then we’re going to start with our first square
with the white side up. And then we’re going to fold in half diagonally. So take
this bottom right corner and fold it up to the top left corner. Align the corners
and the edges, then make your crease, and then unfold. Then we’re going to slightly
rotate the paper so that the crease you just made is now held vertically. And now
we’re going to fold over this top left edge and align it with the crease that
we just made. So we’re going to do that by pulling this left corner over to the
right. Then we want to start at the top of the model and work our way down until
the entire colored edge is aligned with that crease just like this. Then you can
make your crease all the way across and then you can turn the model over. And now we’re going to fold up this bottom corner by making a horizontal crease
that extends from this bottom right corner here. So we’re going to do that by
pulling up this bottom corner, and we just want to continue pulling it up
until you notice this white horizontal edge underneath. And we want our new
crease to align with that edge. But before you make your crease, you also
want to make sure that the vertical creases in the center of the model
align as well. Then you can make your crease. And again we’re going to fold
over this top left edge and align it with this vertical crease. So we’re going
to do that by pulling this left corner over to the right. Then once again we
want to start at the top of the model and work our way down until the entire
white edge is aligned with that crease. And once everything is aligned, then you
can make your crease. And now we’re going to fold over this top layer along the
left edge of this white triangle underneath. So we’re going to do that by
starting in the bottom left corner and we’re just going to fold over the
colored flap like this. Then we want to work our way up until the colored edge
is completely aligned with the white edge of that triangle, and once both
edges are aligned then we’re just going to make our crease right along the
triangle’s edge here. And then you can unfold. And now we’re going to make an
angle bisector. And we’re going to do that by taking the
bottom edge of this top flap here and aligning it with the diagonal crease
that we just made. So we want to lift up this top flap then we want to start at
the bottom left corner and work our way up and over to the right
aligning the colored edge with that crease. And once it’s completely aligned,
then you can make your crease. And then we want to fold up this colored flap
one more time along the crease underneath. So we’re just going to fold
this entire flap over to the left, just like that along an existing crease and
once you have that then I want you to remember this point here where this
colored corner intersects with this left edge. Then we’re going to turn the model
over. And now we’re going to make a diagonal crease that extends from the
reference point that I mentioned before. So I’ve marked that point on the right
side of the model, and essentially it’s where this colored flap underneath ends
and aligns with the right edge of the model. So what we want to do from here is make our crease pivot from that point. So we’re going to lift up the bottom right
corner of the model and we’re going to pull it over to the left. And as you’re
doing this, I suggest making a small pinch mark at that reference crease just
to make it easier to pivot this flap along that point. Then the next step is
to align the corner that we’re folding over with this left edge here. So we’re
going to do that by simply folding it down like this, and you might have to
slightly adjust the paper to get it in the correct position. And before you make
your crease, you also want to make sure that this white edge is parallel with
the colored edge on the top of the model. And the last step to make sure this flap
is in the correct position is to make sure you have a 90 degree angle at the
bottom of the model here. The closer you get to 90 degrees, the easier it’ll be to
assemble the units. So once that flap is completely aligned then you can make
your crease through all layers and your model should look like this. If you turn
it over it should look like this on the backside, and if you flip it over one
last time then this is one completed unit. Now you must fold seven more. Once you’ve folded all 8 units, you’re going to
need 2 to start the assembly. Then look at one and you’ll notice that has a
large colored flap on the left side and it also has a pocket underneath this
colored triangle here. Then again we’re going to take our second unit, and we
want to slightly rotate our first unit like this. Then from here we want to
insert the right side of the second unit inside of this colored pocket on the
first unit. Then we want to lift up both units and we want to carefully bring
them together like this, again making sure that the right side of
the second unit goes inside of the colored pocket on the first unit. And
you’ll want to slightly adjust the units so that their colored flaps come to a
common point at the center of the model here. You’ll see that the white and
colored edges on both units will align as well, and once you have this then you
can put both units back down. And from here I want you to notice this colored
flap from the first unit that extends past the left edge of the second unit. And all we want to do is lift up that colored flap and we want to fold it over
to the right as far as it’ll go. And your crease should align with the left edge
of the second unit here. So just make your crease through all layers, and now
you’ve connected the first two units. The back side of the model should look like
this, then we’re just going to flip it back over, and now we’re going to add a
third unit the same way. So once again we’re going to slightly rotate the two
units that we already connected. And from here we want to insert the right side of
the third unit inside the colored pocket here on the second unit. So we’re going
to do that by lifting up all three units and we want to slide the second and
third units together like this, again inserting the right side of the third
unit inside of the second unit’s pocket. And you may need to slightly adjust the
units until their colored flaps come to a common point at the center of the
model and until their white and colored edges align as well. And once you
have that then you can put all three units back down. Then again you’ll notice
this colored flap from the second unit that extends past the left edge of the
third unit, and all we want to do is lift up that flap and fold it over to the
right as far as it’ll go. So we’re just going to fold it over like this, and again your
crease should align with the left edge of the second unit here. So just make
your crease through all layers, and now you’ve connected the first three units. And now we’re going to add a fourth unit the same way. So again, slightly rotate
the three units that we already connected, and we want to carefully slide
the fourth and third units together just like we did before by inserting the
right side of the fourth unit inside of the colored pocket on the third unit. Again, you may have to slightly adjust them so that their colored flaps align
at the center of the model and until the colored and white edges align on top as
well. Then you can put all four units back down, and again you’ll notice the
colored flap from the third unit extending past the right edge of the
fourth unit. So what we want to do is lift up that flap and fold it over to
the right as far as it’ll go. And crease sharply through all layers. And once you
have this, then you’ve connected four units. And now we’re going to add the
remaining four units the same way. And as you continue adding more units
you’ll start to see that they’ll overlap with the first one. And you just want to
continue adding units on top of the other layers because it makes it a
little bit easier to lock them together. And once you’ve added the last unit, then we’re going to slightly rotate the model. And then to connect the first and last
units together, we need to pull the first unit out on top. And we’re going to do
that by lifting up the model and then we carefully want to rearrange the layers
so that this large flap from the last unit is now held on the bottom of the
model. So we’re carefully going to grab those layers and at the same time we
want to pull the first unit out on top. So we’re just going to carefully
rearrange the layers like this, and once the first unit is on top, it should look
something like this. Then just like we did with all the other units, we want to
insert the right side of the first unit inside of the colored pocket on the last
unit. So you’ll see that the colored pocket is slightly hidden underneath, so
we’re just going to have to bring the first unit behind like this. So just
slide the right side of the first unit inside of that colored pocket just like
we did on the other units, so now the front side of the model is symmetrical. Then we’re going to turn the model over, and just like we did with all the other
units, we need to lock the first and last units together. So we’re simply going to
mountain fold this flap along the colored edge of the first unit here. So
you just want to take that flap and wrap it around the colored edge of the first
unit just like we did on all the other units. And your new crease should aligned with this colored edge on the first unit. You’ll now see that the backside of the
model is symmetrical, and if you turn it over one last time, then your origami
Stella is complete. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video tutorial on how to fold my
origami Stella. Feel free to upload photos of your completed star to the
YouTube Gallery on 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. Diagrams for this model along with a couple neat variations can be
found on my website. Also, be sure to check out my Etsy shop for EZ Origami t-shirts and some of my most recent works. I’ll link to that in the video
description as well. And if you liked this video, please give it a thumbs up or
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for watching and I’ll see you in the next video!

14 thoughts on “Origami Stella (Evan Zodl)

  1. I hope you enjoy this new tutorial! What would you like me to teach next?
    Tag photos of your Stella with #ezorigami to be featured in my next video!

    Check out my Etsy shop for EZ Origami t-shirts: https://etsy.com/shop/ezorigami

  2. Fantastic star, Evan, beautiful both sides, nice folding method!! I love it!! Thank you very much! β˜ΊπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

  3. Great model! Simple but beautiful πŸ™‚
    Have you considered adding subtitles to your videos? It would make it easier for me to follow along
    But I will definitely try this model when I have time πŸ™‚

  4. Would this model look good with the same color on both sides? Or does look better with white on one side and color on the other side?

  5. You basically taught me how to make the magic ball back in 2013, love you <3 love the Stella, going to be attempting this tonight

  6. Adam, you're an amazing artist!! Very beautiful models and excellent teaching! Asking what models we would like to be presented, I would really appreciate if you could show how to fold a modular omega star, because all the tutorials I have seen so far were silent, and I could not really get how to assemble the pieces… Please help as well as you can do!! Thank you!! πŸ™‚

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