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Circular Origami

24 October 2011

I made this parabola by mountain and valley folding concentric circles in an alternating fashion. While the folded piece of paper looks complicated, it is one of the simplest origami models you can make. I used card stock in the model below.

To make this model, use a compass and draw a circle on the piece of paper you want to fold. Then, draw another circle within the circle you just drew. Continue to draw increasingly smaller circles that have the same difference in size. For example, I adjusted my compass by half a centimeter to draw a new circle.

Then, cut the paper along the line that forms the largest circle. The paper should initially look like a doughnut, so will also need to cut out the inner-most circle.

Use a bone folder to score all the line you drew; this will make the circles easier to fold. Then, mountain fold the first circle you drew, valley fold the next and alternate the mountain and valley folds. The process is time consuming, but the end result is rewarding.

Learn more about folding concentric circles and other shapes (PDF document).

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ash permalink
    21 November 2011 11:49 am

    can you make a video of how you did this? i just cant seem to get it right!


    • 21 November 2011 11:53 am

      Hi Ash,
      Thanks for looking at my blog. Keep folding your circles if you haven’t finished. I thought my model looked horrible at first, but then it turned out okay. I’ve never made a video before, buy this is a good idea for a first one.


  2. 9 June 2013 7:00 pm

    That’s very cool. I discovered these last night, but I haven’t tried making one yet.


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