Origami Tai-Chi Symbol (Sy Chen) – Part 1

Origami Tai-Chi Symbol (Sy Chen) – Part 1


Hello! Today we will be folding an Origami Tai Chi Symbol designed by Sy Chen. This is a simple model and it looks great when it’s completed. This model requires one square sheet of paper with color on one side and white on the other. We’re going to start with the colored side up and we’re going to fold in half vertically. So let’s take this left edge and fold it over to the right edge. Align the edges and make your crease and then unfold. Now we’re going to create two more creases by folding in these two edges into this crease that we just created. So let’s start with this left edge and just pull it in. Bring it into the center where that crease is. Align it all the way and then you can make your crease. And unfold. And then do the same thing on the right side. So take this edge bring into the center. Align it with that crease and make the crease, just like this. And then you can unfold. Now we’re going to fold the paper in half diagonally. So start by taking this top right corner and folding it down to the bottom left corner. Align the corners and edges, then make your crease, and then you can unfold. Now we’re going to fold in these two corners. So let’s start with this top left corner, and we’re just going to pull it down so that this part of the edge aligns with this crease here. So just pull this down. And you’re just going to bring this point to where that diagonal crease and this vertical crease intersect. So just pull down just like this, make your crease, and it should look like that. And now you’re going to flip the paper over. And what you’re going to do is just fold up this corner the same way you did on the front. So we’re just going to pull this up, and you’re going to align this tip with this vertical crease and that diagonal crease just like we did on the front. So align that tip with the creases and make your crease. And then you can turn the model back over. Now we’re going to fold out this top left corner a bit. And we’re going to pull it out in this direction, and we’re going to pull it out just about a third of the height of this triangle. So just about here is where we’re going to make your crease. So let’s just start by taking this corner and pulling it out here. And try to pull it out just about a third of the height of that triangle. And once it’s about there, then just make a little pinch in the center. And then I would flip the model over and I would check to make sure that the little crease on this triangle here aligns with this diagonal crease here. Because if it does then the model will be even and it’ll look a lot nicer in the end. So I would make sure that they align, and then you can turn it back over and make your crease. And now we’re going to do the same thing on the bottom right corner. So we can turn the model over, and we’re just going to fold this out again about a third of the height of this triangle here. So our crease is going to be about here and we’re just going to pull out this corner, just about a third of the way, just like this. And then again make a little pinch in the center and then turn the model over. Make sure that those two creases align So make sure that this crease in the middle and that little crease on the triangle align. And once they do, then you can turn it back over to make your crease. And then turn the model over, and once you’re done, it should look like this. Now we’re going to fold in this edge into the center crease here. So let’s just take this edge and bring it in. Align it with the center crease, and you already have a crease there, so it should be pretty easy to do this. So just reinforce that crease so the model looks like this. Then we’re going to turn the model over and we’re going to do the same thing on the back. So take this edge here and align it with the center crease there. So just pull it in. Align the edge with that crease and then just reinforce this crease here. Once you’re done, you can just turn the model back over. Now we’re going to fold the bottom right corner of the model up. So we’re going to align this edge here with this edge in the middle here. So just pull this over, align the edges, and then make a crease. And it should look like this. Then you can turn the model over. And we’re going to do the same thing on the back. So we’ll start with this top left corner, and we’re just going to align this edge with this edge here. So just fold that in, make a crease, and then we’re going to do the same thing here. So just pull this edge down to align with this edge here, make a crease, and then do the same thing on the bottom right corner. So pull this edge up to align with this crease here. And once you’re done, it should look like this. Then you can turn the model back over. Now we’re going to fold down this top point to make a crease that extends from this point to this point. So we’ll start by taking this point, and what you’re going to do is fold this point on the top down to where this diagonal crease and this edge here intersect. So just pull it down, align them, and then make your crease. Make a sharp crease because you’re creasing through two layers. One of them doesn’t need a crease on it, so the top doesn’t, but you’re just going to crease there so you get to the bottom layer. And now we’re going to do the same thing on the bottom. So we’re just going to pull up this point to align it with this point here. Or again, you can align it with this edge and the diagonal crease. So just pull this up, align those two points, and then you can make your crease. And once you’re done, it should look like this. Now we’re going to fold this flap over. So start by grabbing this flap on each side, and start pulling it to the left side of the model. And once you do this, you’ll notice that the layers underneath will start to come out. And then you just want to make the model lie flat. So pull it over as far as it will go, and then make your crease in the center here, just like this. And once you’re done, the model should look like this.

76 thoughts on “Origami Tai-Chi Symbol (Sy Chen) – Part 1

  1. That is Yin And Yang, but according to Wikipedia, Tai Chi is somehow included. It's a "central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, such as baguazhang, taijiquan (tai chi), and qigong (Chi Kung) and of I Ching divination." Just thought I should point that out. ^.^ Great video by the way. Wasn't too confusing. 🙂

  2. @BlackeyBirdcpcheats yes, yin if for darkness, pain, and stuff like that, when yang is, happieness,love, and peace!

  3. @BlackeyBirdcpcheats dude, what the hell, chill out. It is ALSO called Tai-Qi. yeesh, some pppl call it that. So chill.

  4. @BlackeyBirdcpcheats My young friend, mistakes can also happen and all chinese should know the symbol of the balance Yin and Yang, but not all of us know them some chinese that are born in other countries don't know them unless their parents show them, there is no need to be angry
    If a bird is angry it can fall but if it isn't it can fly, Angeris what makes us heavy

  5. @DepressionFairy no, Yin Yang (negative=Yin, positive=Yang) is the name.
    Tai Chi does use the symbol, but that is not the name.

  6. I like your vids but it hard to follow you like how you made me mess up on the origami magic ball due to you saying waterbomb base over and over again and what the hell is a waterbomb base

  7. This boy aces the origami much easier. I was always horrible at it until now, now my origami looks decent….. >.<

  8. people keep calling you a girl and saying in they say they hate you but dont listen to them there just jealous of how good you are at origami = ) ( '-' )

  9. tai chi is the religion that does this, so the tai chi symbol is the ying and yang, it is as if saying the catholic symbol and making a cross.

  10. Since I couldn't reply to some of you who are arguing that this is a Yin/Yang symbol INSTEAD of a Tai Chi symbol, they ARE THE SAME THING.  If you don't believe it, Google Tai Chi symbol and this symbol is what you will find.   So…. this kid DOES KNOW what he's talking about!   🙂

  11. A perfect work, but just one question. I don't know the meters of the paper. Could someone help me? Thank you

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