I have been ramping up my origami activity a bit recently, and wanted to make an origami bicycle for a friend. I tried to find instructions for one, but could only find references to two origami bike designs – and one is really a scooter, not a bike, while the other is a great design, but very complicated and not fully documented. So, I decided to try to come up with my own design. Because of the geometry of a bicycle, I decided to fold it from a long rectangle instead of a square. (While squares are more common, origami can be made out of different shapes of paper.) Here are my sketches and rough draft:
After another rough draft, I came up with this model:
It’s made from an single long rectangle with no cutting or glueing. It could still stand for some improvement, but I think it’s a good start!
– Matthew Green
Designed by Satoshi Kamiya, folded by me from one 10″ uncut sheet of paper (foil on one side, white on the other).
– Fr. Matthew Green
These are a few things I’ve folded over the past year or so. I made this collage trying out a neat (currently free) app on my iPhone: Photo Collage. Credits, from top right going clockwise: dragon, designed by me, folded from an uncut square; crucifix, designed by me, folded from one uncut rectangle; dragon, designed by Won Park, folded from two uncut dollar bills (no glue either – you can unfold it and spend the money); Jack-in-the-box, designed by Max Hulme, folded from one uncut rectangle.
- Fr. Matthew Green
Here’s another entry (probably the last) in my series of origami dragons in honor of the Year of the Dragon. His name is Spike.
As with the others, he’s folded from one uncut square of paper, although this was 20″ square paper. Designed and folded by me.
-Fr. Matthew Green