In my portfolio, I have a kirigami piece that I did as a gift for my friend Larah. I want to do another one (for gift purposes), but I want make it more complex than the first. However, I’ve spent the last 2 (or so) hours trying to figure out how I did the first one! Arrrrrgh.

Anyhow, I thought it be fun to let you try it yourself. The following is the template for the first one. Here’s how to do it:

First, flip the image horizontally, thus giving it a mirrored look and then print (heavy card stock is recommended).

With an exacto knife, cut along all the hard lines. All the spots marked X can be cut out completely.

Then, fold along the dotted lines (not all the same way… you’ll have to figure this one out on your own).

Yeah, my directions are crappy, but comment or send me an email if you need additional instructions.
Have fun!

1 Response to “Kirigami”

  1. 1 g face g May 23, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    My friend makes a bunch of pop-ups like these:

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