Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Yey! Origami Timeline: Year-End Review (2014)

Yey! Origami
January 17: Fish (Vinko)
January 30: Crease Pattern for Flowing Rivers Tessellation (My Design)
February 13: Smart Waterbomb (Chapman-Bell)
February 14: Geometric Flower (Guarnieri)
February 22: Star Doris (Ennen), Butterfly (Giunta)
March 21: Snail (Komatsu)
April 3: Pelleas Box (Keller)
April 12: Spring Into Action (Beynon)
April 30: Nobuko's Puff Ring / December Decoration (Okabe, Meeusen)
May 17: Starry Fields Tessellation (Manaois)
July 11: Tarantula (Lang)
July 12: Geometric Bird (Diaz)
September 19: Beetle (Nakashima)
October 25: 12-Point Star (Keller)
December 15: Stella Pitti (Mancini)
December 16: Stern Franziska (Sprung)
December 17: Stern Clarissa (Sprung)
December 18: Sonobe Polyhedra (Sonobe)
December 19: Pine Cone (Petty)
December 20: Flower For Rose (Scott)
December 21: Snowflake (Walker), Origami A Day changes name to Yey! Origami
December 22: Snowflake (Wu)
December 23: Wreath (Scott)
December 24: Christmas Tree (Guarnieri)
December 30: Regal Tessellation (My Design), Flower Tower (Palmer)
December 31: Fuufuki Asagao Kusudama (Fuse), Year Review (THIS POST)


ふうふき あさがお くすだま

This is the Fuufuki Asagao Kuduama designed by Tomoko Fuse. The diagrams can be found in Fuse's book "Unit Origami Fantasy".

The kusudama looks very cute at first glance. It looks also very clean and simple. But, a very big problem about this model is the locking mechanism. Expect that you will have lots of trouble assembling the model since the units separate very easily.

It also is fragile unlike other kusudamas. Just after examining the photos I took below, I turn around and BAM! the kusudama is on the floor and in pieces. It was the third time it shattered into the 30 units that make up the model. I had to resort to using glue to make the model sturdy, and every origami artist knows that GLUING is a mortal sin in the divine laws of origami...

But anyways, it is still a cute model, and it is my second legit kusudama after folding Sinayskaya's Stilleto Star for the 2014 International Origami Internet Olympiad.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Flower Tower

This is a design by Chris Palmer. Jeremy Shafer posted a tutorial of this model on Youtube with the teacher being Chris Palmer himself.

Do you experience situations where you do not have the required size of paper for a model so you just have to be content about using a smaller sheet and therefore having a smaller-than-normal product? That is what I felt...The model really consumes paper when it comes to size and I only have a square piece at least 8.5 inches on each side. I really needed the metal stick mail opener I bought from S. Korea to finish the top layer.

If you want a model with many more layers, it's best to use paper with dimensions 12 inches x 12 inches or larger. Just imagine the 8.5 inch x 8.5 inch paper I used shrunk to a mere approximately 2 inches of diameter.

The usual Flower Tower starts from a dodecahedron base (the paper can still be square) but there are other versions, with models folded from octagon-based folds, and even hexagon and pentagon bases.

What stands out with this model is that it has different firework-like layers than can jut out and flatten when folded correctly. It is not an easy model, though. The squishing of the cylinder-like structure midway through the  process can also be difficult unless the folds were done accurately or properly.

Happy New Year!


Regal Tessellation

Wow...I missed designing tessellations! So, just after Christmas I made the Regal Tessellation.
I decided to name it "Regal" since I see many patterns like these on crowns, royal garments, and others.

It is folded from somewhat construction-like yellow paper with a grid of 32 by 32.
I also have a gift for all of you! A Christmas-New Year gift!

I really hope the crease pattern is understandable. It's difficulty is intermediate, though it is not the simple "pleat-twist" like tessellation.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Tree

It's already December 24! The next day will be Christmas, so...

This is an origami Christmas Tree designed by Francesco Guarnieri. The diagrams are in with additional clues for instruction at .

It is a multi-piece origami model which will lovely sit on your table during the holidays! (or any time if it is your "trip"). Why did I say "multi-piece" not modular? A multi-piece model is made of more than one piece of paper. A modular model us a subcategory of the multi-piece model wherein the units of the model are the same. This Christmas tree, although it has units similar to each other, the sizes are quite different (difference: at least 2 cm).

Merry Christmas to all of you!


Tuesday, December 23, 2014



This is an origami (Christmas?) wreath designed by Darren Scott, with diagrams published in Everything Origami (Gardiner).

This model, containing 6 units, is actually very easy to create (if you see the is easy to reverse-engineer this model though). Make lots of it and use it to decorate your home! (Make sure to use red and green paper for this model to create a "Christmas theme" with this model.)

Happy Holidays!


Monday, December 22, 2014

Snowflake v. 2

Sorry that I am featuring a snowflake again for this countdown, but the original model got destroyed by accident and I have to make a new one for just a short period of time. Anyways, it is still related to Christmas. 

This particular snowflake model, designed by Joseph Wu, resembles less of the stereotypical snowflake than the one in the previous post (d. b. Walker) but it's still pretty, nevertheless. Remember the fact that every (real) snowflake is unique, and no two snowflakes are exactly alike! Surely there's a snowflake that resembles this pattern, right? I think I saw one on Google.

This model is one of the "looks best with translucent paper" type.

I am honest to say that there are tricky parts in making this model...well probably because I used parchment paper again. I have not bought tracing paper yet and I am still counting the seconds until I get to buy tracing paper. Well I still have yet to post a back lighted photo of this model for a stupid reason...hopefully I will be able to post it tomorrow...

Here are the diagrams to the model (c. 1997)

I've featured 2 types of origami snowflakes here already on Yey! Origami....go use them and decorate your rooms and houses! 

Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 21, 2014



This is designed by Dennis Walker, with diagrams found in:

with video tutorial by Sara Adams in

This is a very nice decoration to garnish your home or gifts with in the holidays! (Too bad it does not snow where I live, though. Crap.) The best paper to use in this model is semi-translucent paper (like tracing paper, if your tracing paper is not like what I have here which is so hard to cut and make genderless folds with). Make sure to use paper not TOO thin, but not TOO thick either. There are parts where the model gets too stuffy to fold, and parts where it's vulnerable to ripping its ass off. Even though it looks complex, it is actually easy to intermediate, I guess.

Well, since I cannot find my tracing paper (how many days did I not post?) I used the closest kind to tracing paper: Parchment. It is the type of paper used for the diplomas you love so much and hang it on your favorite wall spot. The paper in the photos above is Parchment. But, as you can see, the pattern is not really evident even when backed up with black paper. When you use tracing paper, it will show more. (I should have bought some, but right now I'm busy buying gifts for my friends...especially the demanding witches...).

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Flower For Rose


This is the "Flower for Rose" designed by Darren Scott with diagrams found in "Everything Origami" (Matthew Gardiner). In my place it is somehow reminiscent of a type of Capiz-made lanterns (Capiz lanterns are shaped like stars supplied with lights that blink with a light interval, forming different light patterns). It is also somehow almost a common design in greeting cards.

Happy Holidays!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Pine Cone


Good evening! This is an origami Pine Cone designed by David Petty (RIP). I decided to put this in the list since (where I live) pine cones are frequent decorations in Christmas occasions. In my place, the townsfolk paint the cones, stick them with mistletoe leaves and berries, and tie them around the house, with wreaths, or use them as a bouquet for a centerpiece of a table. But there's one problem: there are no pine trees in my place, which is tropical. The only good place for pine trees to grow is in Baguio City, a city way up in the mountains.

So, I decided to include this in the list since people who live in tropical areas can make such models without toiling to get some in the temperate regions (but anyone can still make it!). It's a pretty simple model, with a video tutorial done by Origami Nut ( with diagrams at, I guess it's still ok to buy some, right? :D

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sonobe Unit Polyhedra


These polyhedric models made of the unit are only four of the COUNTLESS ways on how you can make a model from this unit!

The Sonobe Unit, designed by Mitsunobu Sonobe, is so common that it doesn't have to be published in any book. You can find the diagrams scattered all over the Internet like how Jejemasters are scattered around my neighborhood. (I feel sorry for my neighbors). Permission from him is still required in order to post diagrams on public, though.

Now how is this related to Christmas and it is number 7 on our countdown? SO MANY reasons! Christmas Balls, decorations for your Christmas tree, and many more. You can even build a polyhedron shaped like a pine tree from this unit! (I just don't know how...but it's possible, right?) You can use large units made from wrapping paper and since the models are hollow, you can use the units to wrap a gift for your friends, family, and anyone who is not your enemy...

Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Star Clarissa


This is Star Clarissa or Stern Clarissa (German) design by Carmen Sprung with diagrams in Origami: 21 Sterne.

The model uses 8 units, and is a GREAT model for Christmas! Use Christmas-themed colors (like red and green) on paper and make them into a wreath!
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Star Franziska


Now the 9th model for our countdown: Franziska Star or Stern Franziska, designed by Carmen Sprung with diagrams published in "Origami: 21 Sterne".
The star in the photos is made from 6 units. You may choose from 5 to 8 units. (I just find the 6-unit star cute...hahaha)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Stella Pitti

PS Note: It has already been a LONG TIME ever since I have posted :P Here is why:
1. Me and my group mates went to Japan to participate in the 2014 Asian International Children's Film Festival to present the Philippines (our film was chosen and it was a privilege!)
2. My pointing finger of my right hand got rotten on the upper part and I had it operated on. Right now I am still taking medications. (It was painful as hell...but of course not as painful as giving birth to a donkey...maybe).

3. SCHOOLWORKS and ASSIGNMENTS....took me AT LEAST A WEEK to finish them all...

Well now you know my rise and eventual fall...2 times....ahahaha

Well, starting with this post, we are starting the 10 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS! In this blog, there will be a countdown with December 15 (today) being number 10 and December 24 (Wednesday) being number 1, with one origami model per day (and can be used as a Christmas decoration or something). Then on December 25 there will be a SUPER SPECIAL POST dedicated to Christmas !

Let the countdown BEGIN!


This is Stella Pitti (I don't know where he got the name either), designed by Francesco Mancini, with the diagrams published in a booklet named "Mancinerie" (which is also his screen name). But, when you do not have enough money to buy the booklet, fear not! (wut) I found video instructions by Sara Adams on this model posted on Youtube, and it is through that video I learned making it. A cute model to go with any Christmas Tree! (Especially with foil paper, though I haven't tried it yet)

What do you think is featured as number 9 in the countdown?

Happy Holidays!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

12-Point Star

This Star is designed by Peter Keller, and the diagrams can be found in his Flickr page. (I am not sure if the diagrams are still there...)

The design looks quite like Carmen Sprung's Star Katharina, but the problem is I'm too poor to buy the book and see if the processes are similar too...

This model is the "origami that shrinks to atomic size even when folded from a country-sized paper" type...if you want a star that is big, then use some big paper. Here in the Philippines big paper is kind of rare...but there's this big paper that is so big but a bit thick that you can buy here. Locals call it "cartolina."

Another thing that's cute about this star is that it stands on its own. People will be like, "oh look that star is so d@mn cute" until they accidentally knock it off the table and send it burning down the pits of hell. Just joking...

Nevertheless, it is a great-looking model that may or may not be easy for beginners. I do not use levels of easiness in this blog anymore since the easiness of a model really depends from person to person, just like opinions...well, they ARE parts of opinions.

Friday, September 19, 2014


This is designed by Jo Nakashima. He also made a tutorial and posted it on his YouTube channel.

Everyone loves beetles, right? Well, I find them photos. When I face the real thing, I cringe a little  When I played with some in a beach house in Sariaya by trapping the beetles in a small container, I again adored the cuteness of them...until I released them at the beach. Those f@king things LITERALLY attacked me. And I went off the beach scurrying while leaving my slippers stuck in the sand in the process.

Moving back to the topic, this model, which looks complicated, is still complicated...but not as hard as it looks. A lot of those back-and forth folds are incorporated in this model, which can make the paper easily rip. Ugh...even the paper here is cheap. Make sure to use thin paper for this.

Well, of course, good practice makes perfect. (Thumbs up) (But nobody is perfect, so why practice? XD JOKE.)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Geometric Bird

This is a design by Roman Diaz. You may find the diagrams in his book "Origami Essence."

Look at that cute bird :) It has the body of a box yet can stand on its own two feet :3

It's kinda easy, but of course I had to take in considerations in puffing up the model, and make it, err.....geometrical. :) What do I mean by geometrical? The bird is basically a polyhedron thingy draped with a bird's costume, I think.

Plus, another hard thing is that I had to position it's cute pointy feet in a way that the bird is balanced and can stand up properly. The bird must be having problems with it's cuboid-like least give it some balance. :D

Note to self: Write the post about Diaz's Owls......

Friday, July 11, 2014


This is one of the hardest models I have ever folded: Robert Lang's Tarantula.

I did this model in honor of a friend (who has a really terrible phobia with tarantulas....yes, it can be insulting XD). And for me, this model is TERRIBLY hard (well, because it's ROBERT LANG, one of the greatest origami masters EVER).

This is my second attempt to make this origami model (the first one was a huge failure.....I was too stupid then to know that I can cut a 1:3 paper without folding a square first...And

As you can see it didn't turn out very much like Lang's version (once again, because it's by LANG) but we could say that it's a tarantula about to jump :) (I stated the same thing to my friend and then he shouted at me XD....yes he's a he).

The diagrams can be found in "The Complete Book of Origami" authored by LANG himself.

Remember the useless difficulty level I usually give? Let's apply it here :D from a scale of 1-10, 10 being the hardest, I would give a 10, 583, 759, 234. :) (joke)

Anyways, it was a fun model to create :)

Oh yeah, you can also find a tutorial of another of Lang's tarantulas (a different model, not featured in this post)  which apparently looks more complicated.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Starry Fields Tessellation

 Sorry that I am not able to post origami models frequently, since recently I was running around like a bastard among ghost hunting, review classes (not summer classes....heck I was even admitted into the star section in my school :D ) and this summer reading assignment; to read a feminist book named House of the Spirits.

This is designed by Zeril Jan Manaois. There is no diagram or crease pattern yet, but it can be derived from Gjerde's Five-and-Four.

As said by Ilan Garibi (I think), "One tessellation can give you four models: first side, the other side, and both sides backlit." In this case, on one side, you will get 3-D sandcastles which are shaped like stars (I miss my vacation house XD ). On the other side, you will get craters with slopes that slide into the deep ways of the Earth XD. Joke. Have I mentioned how great it looks backlighted? :D

Moving on, I made a similar tessellation named Recto 1009 by Lydia Diard (instructions on her website; search her name on Google XD ). Somehow, this is a square version of Recto 1009 (there are differences however). You could pass it off as those 2 tessellations being brother-and sister :D except the brother (starry fields) is emotionally secured while the sister (Recto 1009) is insecure (no offenses to Ms. Diard). I must say, both tessellations are awesome in my book, and surely to other people too. :) (I'll feature Recto 1009 on the next post) All origami tessellations and origami models are awesome! (Except for modulars with weak or no locks......those sh*ts give me nightmares). Some are just hard, some are easy.

Rating of difficulty (from 1-10, 10 is hardest)....maybe a 4. :) Great for beginners. :D

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nobuko's Puff Ring / December Decoration

In the origami world, if 2 origami artists invent the same design independently, they both equally share the rights to that design. One case of this is the Nobuko's Puff Ring for Nobuko Okabe, or the December Decoration, for Jose Meeusen.

You can find the diagrams in either Creased Magazine Issue 12, or Easy Origami to Enliven Your Life (Kurashi o Irodoru Raku Raku no Origami) Book by Tomoko Fuse.

When making thie units of this model, I advise you NOT to use small paper; anything smaller than a 4 inch x 4 inch is a no no. Why? Because it'll be hard to assemble and your model will look very crappy. Plus, the locks will be weak.

The units are easy to make, though, The units are just modified preliminary bases.The assembly is also a bit easy, though if you do not lock it meticulously, it will fall apart.

Plus, you get to "puff" it up just by pressing the model a bit.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Into Action

This is designed by Jeff Beynon. Apparently, you can find the instructions all over the Internet, and Fuse's "Let's Fold Spirals."

If you read my first (and annoyingly corny) posts in OAD when I was still in tumblr (I think you know why I switched to blogger), you would surely notice that I criticized this model so much, since before, I always attempted to make this model, but it was too hard so I guess my anger and annoyance took the best of me. But guess what? I SUCCEEDED. :D

Like the crane, it is one of the most famous models over the origami world (though it depends from person to person if he or she knows about it.) Heck, it even had a special place in the origami article of Wikipedia.

This is also one of the "perfectionist" models. Use thin paper, and it will rip up easily, plus it wouldn't shape good. Use thick paper, and it will rip too (plus you'll p**s all over yourself, though that never happened to me). Use the right thick of paper, and you'll get a masterpiece.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Palleas Box

This is designed by Peter Keller. The steps can be found on his flickr page.

This "box" can be very convenient, except
1. It cannot open properly
2. It is not a box.

Such irony. Anyway, it still makes a cute decoration, being a chubby star like its mortal enemy, the TSU, and it has a wee little flower at the middle.

Kudos to my sister for helping me color the paper since she wanted to. XD

Friday, March 21, 2014


This particular model is designed by Komatsu Hideo or Hideo Komatsu, since Japanese tend to put their last name first and now I can't tell which one is which.

You can find the diagrams in Tanteidan Convention Book # 19. P.S. The instructions for this model contains 102 steps. Meh, I know you can do it, though it's not very simple.

I've been stuck up with geometric forms and tessellations for so long, so I decided to make more animals besides the butterfly and the red flappy bird-like thingy I featured before. So, I just started randomly looking at my followers' photostream, and then HOLY CRAP IT'S AWESOME.

When I was young I had made 2 types of origami snails; One has a completely flat shell where I had to draw the spiral on, or else it will look like a drunk man bending his legs over. The other one looks like a slug which came from a birthday party...

I advise using large paper for this one, since the model gets thick in making the head of the snail. I used fresh bond paper (I ain't very eco-friendly am I?). Heck, it even has a watermark.

In making this model, be careful not to tear the paper.

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