This easy cube is made from six modules (or units) each of which is folded from a square of ordinary photocopy paper. Although there is apparently nothing to hold this cube together it is a wonderfully stable structure.
To begin this project you need 6 sheets of A4 paper (ideally 2 sheets of each of 3 contrasting colours) and a flat hard surface to rest on. A table-top is ideal but a large book will do. You make the Modular Cube by following the step-by-step folding and assembly instructions.
In each folding instruction the words in the middle of the page tell you exactly what to do.
The picture on the left shows you which part of the paper you need to move to make the fold, where it ends up and where the new crease will be. The folding movement is shown by a purple arrow and the position of the crease by a dotted green line.
The picture on the right shows what the paper should look like after you make the fold.
Creases you have already made are shown as grey lines.
Various paperfolders have independently discovered this cube but it is usually known as Paul Jackson's Cube after the paperfolding artist who discovered it first. © David Mitchell 2000Back to Origami Index
The first 3 steps show you how to cut a square from an A4 sheet.
Things to think about:
If you have used three colours to make the cube and followed the assembly diagrams carefully the colours will be arranged in a regular pattern around the cube.
How many other regular patterns is it possible to make with just 3 colours?
What would happen if you made the fold shown in Step 4 at an angle instead of straight. Would the cube still fit together?
Try to work the answers out for yourself.Back to Origami Index