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This project began when my brother sent me a link with the accompanied message, "your next task." Intrigued, I clicked on said link and was instantly captivated.

Challenge accepted, brother.

The design was inspired by a birthday present I made a while back for a friend. It involved moving cubes made from sonobe units, and I felt sure that the concept could be carried over. As you can clearly tell, the concept did work, although my version is not nearly as streamlined and precise; the light weight of my paper blocks prevents the blocks from falling nicely into neat rows or collapsing into neat shapes. Anyhow, I finished and am quite content with the result.

See below for a video of the transformations.

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Step 1: Materials

  • origami paper
  • glue
NoName123581321 made it!1 month ago
I was looking throw the Internet for wat to fold next. And then I found an Image of this and I knew: that is going to be me next project. I found this webpage and the Instructions, and started. All in all it took me about 2 weeks, it was a lot of fun, and I like this page. Thanks a lot for the Instructions.
watchmeflyy (author)  NoName1235813211 month ago
Awesome job! I'm glad you had fun ;)
Chrisstar7 months ago
Hello I really love this project and would really want to recreate it myself but I just can't get the cube assembled correctly (with glueing and everything). The wrong step really irritates me and I just can't get it right. The best I can do is to assemble the cube like I normally would and pull the right flaps out, but then the rest isn't glued down and everything isn't as stable. Do you think you could remake that step of the tutorial, maybe using 6 different colors (with the rotation it's sometimes near impoosible to follow)?
isi_dor1 year ago

Thank you for the instructions ! I'm sure it took many hours to prepare all photos and to draw all the instructions on the photos. A BIG THANK YOU again !!!

It was very difficult project for me, but at last , after few days, I DID IT !!!

I added on the other side of every connection smaller piece of paper made from squares , 33 mm x 33 mm and folded them exactly like the other squares, so i could enter them in the opposite "pocket" and glued them.

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watchmeflyy (author)  isi_dor1 year ago

Yay: Great job in f0lowing the instructions! It looks quite perfect, and I hope you enjoyed it. :)

Omg 240 units I am going to die
watchmeflyy (author)  Origamiwolfe4 years ago

This is indeed a hard project, but perservere! It gets easier as you get the hang of it; 240 units pass by fairly quickly when you're watching your favorite TV show or something.

I'm finally starting on it
Do NOT make the squares into .75 inch squares
You will be frustrated and your mom will tell you to have a timeout from it

try working with squares made from A7 paper at the minimum. That is the smallest I work with. Been using A7 for 3-4 years now, and it works wonders. Each sonobe cube should stand about an inch tall when you're done.

Also I'm 11

Me too. I'm working on it.

Years old
watchmeflyy (author)  Origamiwolfe3 years ago

Haha yes, starting with small units will be very annoying and difficult. Props to you for trying it!

its actually not that bad. just do it watching tv or something

EmilyW253 years ago

Okay, im super excited about this project, and i have already made most of the pieces, but im having trouble figuring out which tabs should stick out of the cubes to connect with the others, if that makes sense.

watchmeflyy (author)  EmilyW253 years ago

Hello; I addressed that problem in lazileven's comment below. Check that out, and hope it helps!

JessicaM29 made it!4 years ago

It took a lot of time, a lot of paper and a lot of folding but I did it!

watchmeflyy (author)  JessicaM293 years ago

Wha-- great job! Lovely color combinations; looks great!

lazilevin4 years ago
I cannot understand how to connect the units please help
watchmeflyy (author)  lazilevin4 years ago

Hello! Perhaps this video will help?

It's mainly slipping the triangular flaps into the little triangular pockets along the sides of the cube. Hope this helps!

I understand how to make a basic cube with sonobe units but now how to leave flaps open and what t o connect instead etc
watchmeflyy (author)  lazilevin3 years ago

Hmm.. my best advice is to place two cubes side by side (fully made, no glue) and pull flaps out to try connecting them. If it doesn't work, just push the flap back in its pocket and try another tab; try different combinations until you've got it. Hope this helps!

LiveCrafts4 years ago

Folding the cube.

I need clearer pictures....maybe with a color other than white....

watchmeflyy (author)  LiveCrafts3 years ago

So sorry, but I don't have the time to remake this tutorial with other colors. :( I do see your point though, and will keep that in mind in the future. You could try looking up tutorials for just the sonobe cube if that might help?

Pcohie4 years ago
And here I am having ABSOLUTELY no idea how to fold the cubes correctly because of the way the tutorial looks... And i have all of the cubes, WRONGLY FOLDED... -.-
watchmeflyy (author)  Pcohie4 years ago

What step are you referring to in "here"? Ahh.. I'm sorry that this is difficult. :( Practice really helps though; my first few cubes were incorrect as well. If you want an easier yet similar project to help practice, try this:

Hope this helps!

PinkBandar4 years ago

Looks Hard!

watchmeflyy (author)  PinkBandar4 years ago

It can be difficult, but I promise it's worth a shot! I'd say it's easier than it looks...

LiveCrafts4 years ago

Woah, is this second cube the same cube at a different angle.....or what??

watchmeflyy (author)  LiveCrafts4 years ago

Hello! Not sure which cube you're referring to, but yes, some cubes are the same but in a different angle because of the different cubes they need to connect to.

LiveCrafts4 years ago


watchmeflyy (author)  LiveCrafts4 years ago

Thanks! :3

many many Congratulatiosn friends :)

watchmeflyy (author)  mobiansstech5 years ago

Thank you for your comment! ^^

this is hard!

I am an origami master but I think that this is a hard task
stella.lago.98 made it!4 years ago
Figured it out lol took me a minute but I did it!
watchmeflyy (author)  stella.lago.984 years ago

OH GOD GOOD JOB! It looks absolutely gorgeous! I'm so glad you got around to solving your problem yourself; I was going to type up a longwinded response but didn't have time :/ . Again, looks great!

P.S. Check your inbox; I left you a little gift. ;)

sue06224 years ago

oh my gosh... 240.. ill try it..

watchmeflyy (author)  sue06224 years ago

240 units passes by much quicker than you'd think. ;)

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