Sonobe Origami Ornament
by Emily Weems
Create a beautiful ornament out of paper squares.
- 30 3" x 3" squares of lightweight paper (Wrapping paper is ideal)
- 12" Ribbon
Start by folding a sheet of paper in half.
Unfold, and then fold the left and right side in to meet the crease.
Fold the top right corner down so that the top edge meets the left edge.
Rotate and do the same thing with the other side.
Unfold both of those corners. You should have one small triangle sticking up on each side.
Fold those under.
Now take the corners you folded down in step 3 and 4 and tuck those under the flap.
It should look like this.
Flip the whole thing over and fold the points in to make a square, giving you a diagonal line down the center.
Fold in half on that line.
It should look like this. This is called a Sonobe.
Continue to fold the remaining 29 pieces.
Now we will begin putting the pieces together.
This does not require adhesive. Everything is done by tucking the flaps in the pockets of the folds.
Start by putting the flap of one piece into the pocket on another.
Take a third piece and insert the flap into the pocket of the second.
Put in the fourth flap the same way.
Insert the fifth flap.
Notice when you put this one in, it meets with the other side of the first flap. Insert the flap from the first piece into the fifth's pocket.
You have made the top of your ornament.
Take your ribbon and tie a big knot on the end. I recommend using several knots to make it less likely to come out.
Put your ribbon into the hole in the center. If the hole isn't large enough, just gently pull on the pieces to make a big enough hole. You can easily push the pieces back together.
The next two steps will show you how to put three sonobe pieces together.
I find that it goes together a lot easier in groups of three, but you can also put them in one at a time if you find that way easier.
Start by inserting the flap of one sonobe into the pocket of another like we did in step 13.
Insert a third sonobe into the first.
Tuck the flap from the second sonobe into the pocket of the third. You should have a point. Make 7 of these.
Working with 5 of these sonobe clusters, you will go around working them in like shown making your first row.
As you continue to go around, you will see when a flap needs to be tucked in.
After working in the first 5 sonobes, your ornament should look like this.
Take the remaining 2 of the 3 piece sonobes and work in one on each side.
Work in the remaining 4 pieces by tucking the flaps into the pockets.
Finish your ornament.