Decoration, decoration, DIY

Shine like diamonds.

April 4, 2014

Yesterday I posted a little teaser of what I was working on on Instagram. I haven’t done Origami for quite some time. What surprises me more than you probably. I love Origami and I used to fold while watching TV, brainstorming on ideas or when I was upset. Yes, really. I think it’s the perfect combination of having busy hands while the mind is free to wander (or wonder which I do occasionally as well). So I was quite happy when I found this tutorial on how to make paper diamonds (there are not really diamonds but geometric things but doesn’t sound have as nice) over on Design and Form.

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So there was the inspiration and this is what I made out of it: a light chain. You can’t have enough fairy lights in your home.

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All you need is:
– paper
– scissors
– glue
– fairy lights

I thought the instructions over on Design and Form were quite helpful and easy but when I started to fold I found out I was wrong. Yes, me, the self-declared Origami-following-tutorial-master! The thing is that the paper they used was white only and mine is with a pattern on one side – and of course I wanted the pattern to be on the outside…

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That you don’t make the same mistake, I took pictures of my own folding process, so you can see where the patterned side of the paper is.

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Step 1: Fold the paper into half, open it up again, and fold it into the other half. It should have a folded cross in the middle. Now fold the corners together so that you have a triangle, open it up and fold it into a triangle the other way. There should be now a fold from each corner to the opposite corner and a fold from right through the middle of the paper forming a cross.

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Step 2: Fold the sides in so that it becomes a smaller square.

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Step 3: The open part of the squares should look your way and then fold the outer triangle in to the middle. Do this with all 4 sides.

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Step 4: It should look now like this.

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Step 5: Cut the triangles at the bottom off.

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Step 6: Open one of the sides up.

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Step 7:  Fold the triangle in. Do this with all 4 sides.

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Step 8: Now is should look like a plain simple triangle.

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Step 9: Fold the corners in at the bottom. Do this with all corners. (It doesn’t matter which way you fold them – either looking all one way or not.)

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Step 10: Now you should have a piece of paper that looks a bit like a diamond.

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Step 11: Open up all the folds.

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Step 12: Fold the little corners in as seen on the picture.

Step 13: Repeat Step 1 to Step 12 with another piece of paper.

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Step 14: Glue those 2 pieces together.

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Voilá! You have a nice geometric form. Now you need to fold just as much as the fairy light has lights…

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… which is quite a lot.

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Then cut a hole at one of the peaks (just big enough to push a little fairy light inside). And attach all the little diamonds to the lights chain.

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The lights look great lying around at day and they look great lit up by day…

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… and at night.

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What more can you ask from a fairy light?!

Now. Carry on!

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply Pretty in Gingham April 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    What a clever idea! These would be great as a garland for a bridal shower too 🙂

    • Reply Sarah April 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      That’s true. I wanted to make them for my birthday. But too late (or much too early?!)

  • Reply Elsbeth April 5, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Schaut ganz toll aus, Sarah – und ich bewundere deine Geduld beim Falten. Aber ein bisschen hätte ich Angst, dass es “brandgefährlich” werden könnte, wenn Papier und Glühbirnchen der Lichterkette zusammenkommen?

    • Reply Sarah April 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Danke! Die Lichter sind LEDs und werden von daher nicht so heiß, dass sie das Papier entflammen können. Ich habe die Kette gestern 3,5 h brennen lassen und es ist nichts passiert.

  • Reply Michelle B April 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I love the paper that you used! They look fantastic lit up. The patterns wouldn’t be printable, would they?! Wishful thinking perhaps 🙂
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply weiberkombinat June 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Huch, dir kann man ja auch in Deutsch schreiben ;o). Superschön! Herzlichst, Anja

    • Reply Sarah June 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Hallo Anja,

      ja, das kann man auch. Versteh ich fast genauso gut. 😉

  • Reply flor aikawa August 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I’m from buenos aires anda i was looking The tutorial to do this diamonds anda never cant find. .thank you to show us how we can do!!!!! Im so happy

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