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Step #1: Getting Started

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  • You will need 12 pieces of Origami paper. I used 3x3 paper - but you can use whatever size you wish. Pictures #1
  • Fold a + in the paper. Starting with the color side down. Picture #2

Step #2:

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  • Turn the paper over so the color is showing. Picture #1
  • Fold edge to the center on both sides. Picture #2
  • Do the same on the other side. Picture #3

Step #3:

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  • Turn over to color side down. Picture #1
  • Fold each point to the center. Picture #2 and #2

Step #4:

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  • Turn over to color side up Picture #1
  • The next few steps should pop right into place. Fold up the right side and push just the center down. Picture #2
  • Do the same for the bottom. You will see a little square emerge in the corner. Picture #3

Step #5:

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  • It will look like this after all sides are pushed in. Picture #1
  • Turn the paper over. Picture #2
  • Fold the point to the center - but be careful and let the underneath pop out. Picture #3

Step #6:

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  • It should look like this after all 4 sides are folded in. Picture #1
  • Turn over Picture #2
  • Turn back over so color side is down. Fold corner to corner - in both directions. This will be a bit hard - there is alot of paper. Just take your time. Picture #3

Step #7:

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  • Hold on to each side and push in toward center. This reminded me of a cootie catcher. Picture #1
  • Carefully pop out each flap. Picture #2 and #3

Step #8:

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Make 11 more! Picture #1

Step #9:

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  • Now lets put it together!
  • Place two units next to each other. Picture #1
  • It doesn't matter which side goes on top. Pick one and slide it into the other unit. Picture #2 and #3

Step #10:

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Take your 3rd piece and connect the triangle. It will get a bit tight trying to slide each piece in. Just work slowly. Picture #2

Step #11:

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  • You just made a triangle so this time we are going to make a square. The pattern just goes back and forth. You will use 2 units to make a square. Picture #2
  • Continue this pattern all the way around. Picture #3

Step #12:

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  • The last few pieces are pretty hard to get in. Sometime they don't want to slide in easily. I usually try a different side, sometimes that works.
  • Have fun making a cute Spike Ball! Happy Folding!

Comments

  1. andrew green says:

    I did all the steps and can’t get it right. Also, after step 2, it gets really confusing. Explain it better and with more steps.

    1. julie Hudy says:

      Andrew – I am so sorry you had a hard time. I will work on the directions, thanks for the feedback. Did you ever get it to work?

  2. It was actually pretty clear with the pictures included. I’m a visual person so that made all the difference. I would like to make this with my niece. She has ADD so it will take months to finish unless I do it myself….which I usually end up doing anyway.

  3. Rona Gurkewitz says:

    I would appreciate your giving credit for the design of the Spike Ball to me, Rona Gurkewitz
    and Bennett Arnstein. Our diagrams were published in 1996 in 3D Geometric Origami, Modular Polyhedra

    1. Joey Hudy (@Joey_Hudy) says:

      Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry Rona. Thanks for informing me..what a great model.

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