Origami: Hydrangea cube


A cube made from six copies of Shuzo Fujimoto’s Hydrangea

The instructions for the Hydrangea are freely available online in diagram or video form.  It’s not too difficult, except for one step (8:32 in video, #23 in diagrams) that involves inverting a pyramid, which is the source of all the wrinkles in above photo.  In theory, you can recursively add smaller and smaller petals ad infinitum, but for some reason I chose not to.  These flowers only go 3 levels deep, which is quite shallow but people seem to be impressed by it anyways.

This model was inspired by Origami Inspirations, by Meenakshi Mukerji.  She included a single photo of a cube made of Hydrangeas, and it was fairly easy to reverse engineer.


  1. kestrel says

    Oh nice one! I love modular origami.

    I tried your octopus fold and was pleased that it worked the very first time I tried it. I’ll have to try this one too. And whenever I see a particular fold, I always have to wonder – hmm, could that be done with a dollar bill too? 🙂

  2. Sophy says

    I’d never seen the Hydrangea before. So I tried it. Took a bit of swearing and fiddling but I got 3 layers done. I’ll practice a bit more on that until I try getting fancier. Thanks for showing it to me.

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