Let’s Make a Checkered Sonobe Cube

In some of my earlier blogs I introduced the Sonobe unit and showed you some of the forms you can make with these Origami construction units. In this blog I will show you how to fold a checkerboard version of the units.

First Things First:

You will need at least six squares of two-sided Origami paper for this project. Decide before you start folding which color you want to be on top when you begin folding the units. Be sure to fold all six units in the same fashion for the checkerboard design to show in the finished product.

Next, fold an X on one side of the paper, then turn it over and fold a cross shape. This forms the water balloon base.

Now let’s fold the bottom point to the middle, then fold the top down to meet it in the middle.

Flip It:

Flip the paper over to the backside. Now fold the top and bottom edges to the center to look like lips.

Meet In the Middle:

Now let’s fold the bottom and top points to the middle like this:

Fold in the to ends to form a rectangle:

Bend the right hand lower corner up diagonally to the left.

Form the shape of a parallelogram by folding down the top left hand corner.

Tuck the Flaps:

Now tuck the right side flap under the top horizontal band to lock it in place. Repeat on the left side.

Flip It Again:

Turn the unit over to the backside so that you have a point up and one down.

Square It Up:

Fold the bottom left-hand to the top of the vertical edge. Then bring the right-hand dude down to form a square.

Flip Again:

Turn the form over into a diamond shape and fold a valley fold through the diagonal middle axis.

Some Assembly Required:

After folding six of the units you are ready to make a cube. Think of the two end points as hands. These will slide into pockets to secure the form.

Above you can see three units combined to make half of the cube. Keep adding the units in the same fashion to create the other side of the cube. After locking in all the points into the pockets you can squeeze the outside on all sides to firm up the shape.

The Finished Product:

Explore Other Forms:

Using these same units you can make many other shapes. If you bend the middle axis up to form a mountain fold you can combine three units to make a Toshie’s Jewel. They look like this:

Go Bigger!:

Using twelve units you can make a ball.

There are even larger units that can be made by combining units.

Other Patterns Are Possible:

I will show you a couple other patterns to fold in future blogs. You can also find several other patterns people gave created by searching “Origami Variations ” on line.

What Have We Learned?:

After taking the time to read and follow these directions you were able to accomplish the task of making the completed project. This reminds me of how important it is to follow the directions and read carefully. It is like those of us that have read the Word of God, the Bible, and followed the directions given by Him to gain Eternal Life.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

I hope that you have enjoyed making this project. An even better hope is that you, like myself, have followed God’s directions to find eternal life in Jesus. There is so much more for us to learn by reading and following His Word.