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Inside of a origami Lotus flower before its final folds. To rate these from easiest to hardest, the five petal Kusudama flower is the easiest, using five full square sheets of paper that are glued shut and glued together. Medium difficulty would be the Lotus flower, which takes 12 half sheets of paper 6 full square sheets needed rubber-banded together before the final folds. Lastly, the most difficult is the Rose or Kawasaki Rose if you want to get really specific. This only uses one sheet of square paper, and all the folds are made before hand and squashed together.

No tape, glue, or rubber bands are used for the rose, so if this is the flower you want to use, be prepared to watch the video a few times and to make a few mistakes before you get the technique down. Conductive tape is one of the easiest ways to get started crafting a paper circuit. Just peel off the paper backing, and press down where you want your circuit to go! Copper tape is also solderable, allowing strong connections between components and traces that you won't get with paint and inking methods.

Again you might want to take a look at our more in depth Great Big Guide to Paper Circuits to help you understand all your choices and pick the right parts for your specific project.

If you are just looking to use the flowers and components that I did, then here is an explanation of how I integrated the LED stickers and copper tape for each of the three flowers previously mentioned. For the five petal flower, first I cut off the bottom corner of the petal so the wires have somewhere to go to the LED. Inside of one of the Kusudama Flower pedals before using any glue. For the lotus flower, I connected all the folded pieces with the rubber band and then added a paper with the LED before folding the petals up.

Inside of origami Lotus with LED sticker on a separate piece of paper connected by the rubber band. For the rose, I folded everything and then unfolded the last step and placed an LED on one of the four prongs. Make sure if you are using the same color wires for both 5V and ground, as I did in the photo above, that you mark one of the wires so that you can tell them apart when you close up the flower.

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Make sure that the 5V and ground copper wires never touch at any point. Since the copper wires are conductive on the surface, if they touch at any point, you will short your circuit and probably burn up your LED. Once you have double checked your connections and made sure there aren't any shorts, connect your wire to ground and 5V. I have twisted mine to make them the stems of my flowers, or you could go further with magnets and metal sheets like my origami flower art installation and make something bigger. Some of the LEDs I used were colored, and some where white. I suggest you try both out and see which color you like better, if using colored paper, or, if you just want to use white paper with a surprise color inside, that's fun too!

Now that you got a hang of embedding electronics with paper, try making an origami art installation! Forgot your password? No account? Register one! Need Help? Yes No. Clear Favorites? Are you sure you want to remove all of your favorites? Message Check out this cart! Copy me. Message Check out my favorites! Not You? Sign Out. Password Remember Me. Sign in Don't have an account? Request one here Forgot Password? Existing Customers New Customers Do you have an existing account with us?

Email This field missing. Password This field missing. Password Again This field missing. Customer This field missing. Company Name This field missing. Name This field missing. City This field missing. Type of Business This field missing. To complete the pattern, I folded the edge of the paper to the farthest quarter line, both on the left-hand-side and the right-hand side.

The same way as for eighths, start from the edges of the paper and work your way in, thinking carefully about which lines are the eighth lines.


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At this point you may be thinking carefully about how long this is going to take. You still have a long way to go and many folds to make! The horizontal mountain folds , which in a magic ball are easy because you can just fold in half a bunch of times, here need to be based on the squares of the pattern because folding into thirds is hard! The diagram and first photo show a series of 2 diagonal valley folds per corner, folding the edge of the paper toward the first and second lines in, in order to establish the height of a row.

Technically you only need the second diagonal line to get the square, but you'll need the first fold eventually, so why not do it now? Doing all corners helps you line up both sides of the long horizontal line. The second photo shows the pattern from the back as the bottom of the pattern is folded horizontally to meet the line where the top of the pattern was already folded down to make the top row. The three rows should be of equal height! Unfolded, you see the main bones of the pattern. You have to keep valley folding the edge of the paper to every single vertical line on the paper so you create a square, if my diagram were perfect grid of intersecting diagonal lines.

This feels natural until you reach the horizontal edge of the paper lines shown in first photo.

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After that, you start folding past the edge of the paper, continuing to align with the vertical lines and creasing from the edges in toward the center second photo. It's a good idea to continue the diagonal line pattern out to the closure flap. You keep folding this way Photos 3 and I would recommend that any decoration of the paper be completed by the end of this step.

You can see where the pattern is going to be, but the paper is still relatively flat. This is the hardest part. The diagram shows, superimposed on the grid you folded, what folds you eventually need in the final pattern. Mountain folds are red and valley folds are blue. The top two rows of the pattern are actually a magic ball pattern, which is a tiled pattern of water bomb structures. A water bomb on a single square of paper folds flat into an isosceles triangle: two sides are the same length, and in this case the base of the triangle is longer than the sides.

The "X" part is valley folds, and the two mountain folds bring the top and bottom edges into the center of the pattern. The bottom row was modified to make a sturdier lampshade shape. I think it gives the finished product a more complex and interesting look. You have kind of a zigzag pattern, but the water bomb shapes above it constrain the top so you have a Y shape of valley folds inside a pentagonal arrow-like raised shape.

I drew lines on an initial prototype net shown in the first photo. Starting from the corners, working from the edges of the pattern in, you need to coax the paper into the shape you want. Initially this is slow.

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The second photo shows the lines barely coming together on the bottom row pattern. Don't try to fold too sharply, because it's hard for the paper to be well-folded on one half and relatively flat on the other. If you're using the kiddie drawing paper I used, it may tear if you pinch too hard too early! As the pattern comes together, try to pinch the raised arrow shapes sharper 5th photo , and flip to the reverse side of the pattern to pinch the water bombs and Y-shapes at the bottom of the lowest row sharper.

You'll find the pattern can eventually really come together, and even fold flat last photo, weighted down with scissors. Incidentally, this is the shape you should have when all is nice and flat. I decided to fold the little closure flap in continuity with the pattern so it wouldn't stick out and would fit perfectly into the opposite edge. Check to make sure that all your folds are along a pre-folded line and that the vertices are all nice and sharp.

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Now you're ready to form the lampshade! You have a nice textured pattern now, but you need to have something more like a ball. The first step is to glue the closure flap to the opposite edge of the pattern to make the equivalent of a cylinder. I used a glue stick first photo , since I had used up the rest of my tube of glue making a cardboard cat scratcher.


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I didn't think it would work, but gluing progressively and pressing each glued section together with my fingers for 10 seconds, working from the top row down, the glue held! The closure flap nested behind the pattern edge where it should, making a continuous pattern around the cylindrical tube. The second photo shows this shape, which wasn't super stable.

Mark off in pencil the spot where you're going to punch.


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Then punch holes in the top of the cylinder for string to go through. This is shown in my 3rd photo. I had a mini punch that worked really well for making holes, but you can use what you have on hand. Draw your string through the holes you punched.