Origami Windmill Base


Windmill Base

Origami Windmill Base Instructions

  1. Take a square sheet of paper and fold it in half left-to-right, and then unfold.
    Fold in half again (top-to-bottom), and unfold.

  2. Fold the left-edge and right-edge of the paper towards the center to align with the vertical crease. Unfold.

  3. Fold the top-edge and bottom-edge of the paper towards the center to align with the horizontal crease. Unfold.

  4. Fold the paper along the diagonal in both directions to form a X-shaped crease. Unfold. Flip the paper over.

  5. Perform the blintz fold (fold the four corners towards the center of the paper). Unfold.
    Turn the paper over: step 5a shows the crease pattern. You are now ready to collapse the paper into a windmill base;

  6. Refold the crease located ¼ of the distance from the bottom edge of the paper. At the same time, refold the crease located ¼ of the way from the right edge of the paper.

  7. An extra flap of paper will be formed. Swivel this extra flap of paper towards the right. Alternatively, you can swivel the flap downwards, but you have to be consistent as to which direction to fold subsequent flaps.

  8. Rotate the paper clockwise 90 degrees.

  9. Repeat the process by refolding the crease ¼ from the right edge of the paper. A second flap will be formed: swivel it towards the right.

  10. Rotate the paper clockwise 90 degrees.

  11. Repeat the process one last time: valley fold the bottom layer ¼ from the right edge of the paper. This forms two more flaps, swivel the lower flap towards the right and top flap upwards.

  12. Done!

The origami windmill base is not hard to make once you get used to all the fold-and-unfold steps. This base is used to make the windmill, catamaran, and star.

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