Colorful Paper Cubes: An Origami Tutorial

Googly Gooeys Origami Tutorial

First of all, I’d like to thank my friend Joyce for posting a photo of her paper cubes on Instagram and infecting me with the origami virus and generously teaching me how to do this.  To whomever originally invented these paper cubes in Japan, thank you! 🙂 For some of you who are already following us on Instagram, you might have already seen this picture last year. Then again, last year is only a few days ago. Ho ho ho.
Paper Cubes (with Sago Project Watermark)

Oh the colors! (If you’re a fan of colorful happy stuff, origami & tapes, come back again soon for a blog giveaway 😉 )

If you’d like to know more about The Sago Project and why the watermark’s there, go to our new website or New Facebook Page here for the full story

Is the jar familiar or what? Find out here 🙂

I didn’t know how much happiness folding papers could actually bring especially when you’re waiting for stuff to load online or when your brain is simply fried.  Although yes, at times, it could also be challenging especially when you’re trying to form your first ever cube.  I also brought a bunch of papers during our family Christmas party and poof!  We instantly finished a pack!  Haha.  It’s just amusing to see that people who are not interested in origami in general get curious about the folding process and start grabbing sheets of papers too!


To add to the origami tutorial, here’s a few things I’ve learned:

1) Make sure that the slits of all your papers are in one direction.  I always remember that the slit forms a line that starts at the upper-left then ends at the lower right of the paper.  If they aren’t, you won’t be able to form a proper cube.

Googly Gooeys Origami Tutorial (Troubleshooting Fig 1: One Direction)

2) See to it that all sides are connected and inserted into all slots.  Make sure there are four triangles per side and not three so that the structure isn’t too frail.

Googly Gooeys Origami Tutorial Trouble Shooting (Part 2)

3) Finally, I usually start with the lightest to the darkest color or I at least see to it (as much as I can) that the colors I like will be side by side 🙂

If you’re willing to spare a few drops of ink in exchange for happiness, here are some downloadable JPEG’s of my favorite color combinations.  You may print them out and cut them. I just hope the colors turn out okay on your printer / computer screen since there’s always a disparity between the two gadgets unless of course you’ve calibrated your screen & printer!  Also, each color may appear differently from one computer to another.  (Lol.  Now I feel like I’m working on a corporate project & explaining to my client why we need to agree on a particular Pantone number. Haha.)

Anyway, before I completely digress from the topic as I always do online & in real life, here are some downloadable origami squares 🙂  Yes, I’m literally picking my favorites from the jar!  I’d love to name the color sets but I’m afraid I’m not good at naming stuff I almost named the Googly Gooeys The Blobs😛

Googly Gooeys Origami Tutorial (Color Set)1

Set 1: [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=13 linktext=’Googly Gooeys Origami Tutorial (Color Set) 1′ /]

 Googly Gooeys Origami Tutorial Color Set (2)

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 Googly Gooeys Origami Color Set (3)

Set 3: [wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=16 linktext=’Googly Gooeys Origami Tutorial (Color Set)3′ /]

Enjoy downloading and happy folding!  Haha.  Always remember you can do this on scratch paper mixed with bond paper and whatever paper you can find!   Please feel free to share the link of your works in the comments section. 🙂

Looking for more colorful & fun things? 🙂
Check out the following:
(Tipsy’s) Misinterpreted Drawings & Dan Matutina’s Into Space Exhibit
Heima in Bloom & Some Tips on How to Decorate Your Home!
Analog Photography 101: a Collaboration with Aleyn Comprendio
Color & Inspiration: Some Doodling Tips
More Happy Things! 🙂
Merry Christmas & Some Happy Things

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Jennifer Tee Huttunen
Jennifer Tee Huttunen
8 years ago

I know this is an old post but I enjoy coming back to this origami tutorial! I just shared this with my in-laws and they love it! 😀 😀 😀

Brilliant post Tippy! Mwah!

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