Origami is a wonderful art of folding various figures out of paper. Craftsmen origami is capable of an ordinary sheet of paper to turn into a beautiful crane, tiger or elephant. A separate direction in the art of origami modular origami stands out. How to make modular origami yourself?

Modular origami is a special technique of creating three-dimensional shapes out of paper. To get in the technique of modular origami figure of a Swan, say, or the tree, you need small pieces of paper to do a lot of small modules. and then build these modules like a constructor.

To make modular origami need to stock up on paper and patience. since figures in the modular origami technique are usually performed in fairly large sizes, then the modules may need a lot. To manufacture modules, glue is not needed, it is enough to have paper, white or colored paper, and scissors or a clerical knife.

Ready-made modules for origami are triangular. Make modules from rectangular pieces of paper measuring 53x74 mm or 37x53 mm. To obtain rectangles with a size of 53x74 mm, a standard sheet of A4 paper should be divided into 4 parts on the long side and 4 pieces by a short one (16 pieces in total). If you cut the A4 sheet into 8 parts on the long side and 4 pieces on the short side, you get 32 ​​rectangular billets measuring 37x53 mm.

To make modular origami of the prepared rectangles you need to add the modules. First, the rectangle needs to be folded in half - along its long side. Then, fold the rectangle in half and on the short side. Next you need to expand the rectangle in your hands, placing the second fold to yourself.

The folded edge on the long side of the rectangle should be bent to the middle  - we get a triangle. This triangle needs to be flipped. The edges should be raised, and the corners should be folded onto the "reverse" side of the triangle. Then the corners need to be turned away and folded up again on the resulting fold lines, but no longer "wrapping" them "for" the triangle, then lift it up. Triangle folded in half.

The resulting module has two pockets  - it is with their help that the modules will connect with each other. To make a modular origami, you can stack modules together in different ways. According to one of the most common ways to stack several modules, you need to insert two modules into the pockets of the third one.

How to make modular origami? Rainbow Swan

Swan is one of the most popular figures in the technique of modular origami. The work on this hack requires a lot of time, but the result is worth it. Swan can be run from single-color or multi-colored origami modules. So, for "rainbow" Swan need. 60 yellow modules, 90 orange, 136 pink modules, 1 red, 78 green, 36 blue, 39 blue, 10 purple origami modules.

The Assembly of the Swan starts with a Foundation. Three pink module origami are joined together so that the corners of the first two modules were in the pockets of the third. Next to the first two modules on each side is attached one module with two other modules are attached to the first group. Likewise, going the entire first chain of "reason" of the Swan, which is the last module of the cycle. In total you will need 30 modules on the "inner" circle, and another 30 on external.

Further from the orange modules is the third row of the base. Such modules will be needed. 30. The modules are put in staggered order. Next are the 4th and 5th rows, each of which consists of 30 orange modules. After this, the workpiece must be turned upwards by a movement reminiscent of turning the ring inside out.

Next, you need to make the 6th row — it is made of yellow origami modules. After the sixth row is finished, you should begin to form the wings of a paper swan. To do this, when assembling the seventh row of yellow modules, you need to determine the location for the future neck of the swan: a pair of corners from the two adjacent yellow modules should be left free. On the left and right sides of the free pair, you need to make a series of 12 modules, i.e. the total will be 24 modules.

The next row, the eighth, runs from green modules origami. In the eighth row on 2 of the module is smaller than in the seventh  (that is, 22 or 11 on each side). The ninth row also consists of green modules, it is 2 modules smaller than in the eighth (20 or 10 on each side). The next row, the tenth, is again executed from green modules, there are 2 modules less in it than in the ninth.

The following series of 16 blue modules. Then a number consists of 14 blue modules origami. Next to make a modular origami swan. you need to lay down 12 blue modules, 10 modules, blue, 8 blue modules. Sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth rows contain, respectively, 6,4, and 2 purple modules. The wings of the Swan are ready. The tail of the Swan is similar to wings.

Neck of a swan develops in a way that is different from the primary. For making neck pockets you need in one module to insert the corners of the second. You need to start with red — this will be the beak of a Swan. Then to the red you want to join purple 7 modules of origami, 6 blue, 6 blue, 6 green and 6 yellow modules. The neck as fabrication to the desired shape. for example, in the form of a question mark. The neck is fixed on the remaining free corners of the sixth row. The swan is ready. It can be decorated as desired.