Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Origamic Architecture Pencil Holder

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Sep 17, 2009

Origamic Architecture Pencil Holder

I received a query about this origamic architecture pencil holder from a reader who was hoping to find a pattern. The design is by IKO, who used to have a site at http://kamixkaze.xxxxxxxx.jp.

Libros Pop-Up posted a selection of designs from the site earlier this year, and then the kamixkaze site disappeared.

Well, I didn't have the pattern, but I thought I could figure it out. It's not completely, exactly perfect. My stairs are a little different, and I left out the windows. (See improved version, with windows, here.) Pretty close, though!

origamic architecture pencil holder

Print the pattern on the wrong side of the paper. Cut along black lines. Score red lines. Working from the back, push the solid parts toward the front of the pieces. You will end up with folds along all the red lines.
origamic architecture pop up pencil holder
I printed out only the top half of the design on a piece of 8.5" x 11" card stock. Then I cut a complete circle from a 12" square piece of card to back the cut out design.

To assemble, cut and fold the pencil holder (top) part and glue it to the backing circle. Cut along the center line of the bottom semi-circle. Slide one side of the cut piece over the other--the base will be a double layer of card stock. Paperclip (if you want to be able to take it apart and fold it flat) or glue together.

If you don't even know how to start with this kind of pattern, my best suggestion is to get your hands on one of these books.

For online help, try Baud and Bui. Go to Paper Ideas/Origami Architecture. Scroll down to where is says 24 Free Origami Architecture Patterns. Right underneath there is a click point for tricks and tips. There are various pages about cutting, folding and so forth. I suggest trying some of the free patterns to practice making steps and cubes bumped out of cubes (generations).
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Heather in FL said...

Isn't that COOL?! You're so clever to just look at something and figure out how it's made. Very cool.

Karma said...

I love it! I'd love to make a DS or SCAL file for this project! The Cricut could even do the fold lines. It would make such a cute gift, foldable to fit in an envelope, right? You didn't mention how large the finished project is, I guess about 6", since it's the size of a quarter circle or so? Anyway, it's really awesome!

dr2c said...

Very nice and useful! Thanks for your continuing ideas.

Anonymous said...

Great Job!!!! I don't know how you do it! Have you seen the one at http://homepage2.nifty.com/shibatan/ppc-office.htm ? It's a whole small desk set in a pop-up.

cpeep said...

Karma, as far as the size, you're just about right. Since I wanted to print it I sized it to fit on the 8.5 x 11" paper. So each quarter is 5.5" square.

It would be a challenge to create for SCAL as all the paths would have to be closed. But, as we well know, SCAL is not my friend. :0


Karma said...

Carol, I do far more designing in Inkscape than SCAL. I found a lovely thing that Inkscape can do...it's called "Stroke to Path" and turns traced straight lines into things that can be cut with the Cricut...! You can even change the line type to dotted or dashes...Gotta love Inkscape! Its how I did the feather details in my recent wing books...HTH!

1CardCreator said...

This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing! ~Diane

Hu Bear said...

This is kind of and old post, but I just wanted to say, I LOVE your website. Its been a while since I've paid a visit, but I used to come here ALL the time to find different cards to gift to people. I used this one as a thank you for my teacher! I was wondering, how do you figure these things out, and create a template from just an image or an idea?! I'd love to learn how to be a bit more original, instead of just mooching off other people's lovely templates =)

Anyways, thanks a bunch for your inspiring blog!

Carol said...

Hu Bear, the only advice I can give you is this--the more you create, the more creative you get! I am much better at figuring out HOW to do something than than I am at thinking up original ideas. I look at lots of other people's work and then, every now and then, I get an original idea.
In the meantime I am happy to make things from other people's ideas.