Origami: Octahedron Skeleton

Octahedron skeleton

Octahedron Skeleton by Robert Neale. I hope nobody was expecting an actual skeleton. Halloween was yesterday.

I know somebody who runs an art gallery, so every year I run a workshop for kids where we do modular origami.  The hardest part of designing the workshop is picking the right models.  I’ve been quite surprised by which aspects the kids find difficult, and which aspects they perform with ease.

Anyway, this is one of the models I picked this year.  It’s on the easy side, and the kids thought so too.  And that’s great!  Art doesn’t need to be technically challenging to be good.

If you’d like to try this one out, I made some fancy diagrams to print out and pass to the kids.  Check them out below the fold.

Diagrams for the Octahedron Skeleton

These diagrams use standard origami symbols, which I explain to the kids as I go. The one that most people don’t get, is that I used white-headed arrows to indicate unfolding, and double arrows to indicate folding and unfolding.

I also feel compelled to point out that origami is a more lucrative hobby than blogging ever was.  Just in case anyone ever accuses me of stirring controversy for the clicks.


  1. kestrel says

    Oooh lovely! I will try it out. I think with foil paper it will look very decorative for the holidays.

    One of my favorite things to fold is dollar bills. I would not say it was lucrative but it sure is fun!

  2. says

    Foil paper can be tricky to work with, because there’s less friction to hold the model together. But I think it should work for this model!

  3. chigau (違う) says

    I needed to use paper clips during the costruction phase.
    I’m not sure if I got it right but it didn’t fall apart after the clips were removed.

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