A tutorial showing how to make a 3D origami frog using the modular origami technique. This frog is made using 1/32 size pieces of paper. The difficulty is intermediate and doesn’t consume too much time.
How to make a Modular Origami Frog:
We will need a total of 337 modules for this project.
265 Green units and 72 White units will be needed.
We will start making a connector unit in white.
Keep adding white such that Row 1 has 5 units and Row 2 has 4 units.
Keep this aside. We will be using it later.
Then build green rows in the below design:
Rows are built by increasing the number of units by one as you proceed:
Row 1 with 7 green.
Row 2 with 8 green.
Keep adding units till you have a row (7th Row) with 13 green units.
In the next Row (Row 8) as usual increase the number of units by 1 – but use 1 white unit at both the ends.
This is how it looks at this step – used 12 green units and 2 white units for this row.
Add the next row (Row 9), add 13 green and 1 white unit at each corner.
Add the next row (Row 10), add 12 green and 2 white units at each corner.
Now slowly bring the corners towards each other. We will join the corners using the white units set we made in Step 3.
Here it is joined together.
Start inserting Row 11 with white units.
We will be adding 9 white units…
…and 12 green units in this row.
A view of the model at this point.
Keep adding green and white units.
Row 12 – 11 Green and 8 White units
Row 13 – 10 Green and 7 White units
Row 14 – 9 Green and 6 White units.
Now add only green units.
Keep reducing the number of units by 1 as you proceed to the next row.
Row 15 (but only green units) with 8 units, Row 16 with 7 units and go on till you have 4 green units in a row.
Now similarly add white units. In the next row insert 7 units (increase by 1) and thereafter reduce 1 unit as you go on till you have 3 units in a Row.
This is the model we get at this point. Since we have inserted the green and white units separately, we get a head like structure with a mouth.
For the thighs of the frog, make this structure.
Make one more such piece.
For the legs, make the below structure.
We will need 2 hind legs and 2 front legs for the frog.
The legs will be glued on to the body of the frog. For this pull out one unit from the leg as shown here.
Apply glue on this unit pulled out.
Glue on the hind leg.
Now insert and glue the front legs.
The thighs made in Step 13 are then glued on.
The math so far is:
Body + Head = 179 Green units
4 Legs x 12 = 48 Green units
2 Thighs x 19 = 38 Green units
Belly/Body = 72 White units
Two coils out of green paper strip have been made for the eyes of the frog.
White circles cut out of paper are glued on the front and back of the coil.
Eyes are drawn using black marker.
The eyes are glued on to the head of the frog to finish it!
How does the frog look next to my lotus? Isn’t he just adorable?!!