Origami ‘Bipyramid’ Tutorial & What To Do With Them

Origami ‘Bipyramid’ Tutorial & What To Do With Them

The shape of this geometric origami is called ‘Triangular Bipyramid’. I know, a bit tricky for kids, but the origami itself is the easiest to make and has many fun uses.
To remember this name is actually straight forward. Bipyramid means two pyramid shapes mirrored back to back, and this pyramid has triangular sides, so there you go.

DIY origami bipyramid tutorial

DIY origami bipyramid tutorial

Here’s how:

origami bipyramid step-by-step tutorial
Cut a strip of paper with an even width. The width and length should be at least 1:4 or 1:6.
I just cut a rough length that looks long enough and adjust the final length as I make it.
Fold a small triangle on one end.

origami bipyramid step-by-step tutorial
Fold backward at the end of the triangle and repeat fold like an accordion.

origami bipyramid step-by-step tutorial

Fold the straight lines between the diagonals again to change the fold direction.

origami bipyramid step-by-step tutorial
Form the ‘Triangular Bipyramid’ by rolling the shape along.

origami bipyramid step-by-step tutorial
Wrap around the faces a couple of times to form a solid shape, trim off the end triangle and insert the final triangle part into a slit to close it up.

origami bipyramid step-by-step tutorial
Ta-da!

Now, here are a few fun ideas using this origami.
Make them in many colored papers and in many different sizes!

DIY origami bipyramid tutorial
You can string them easily by taking out the last triangular piece, placing a string through and closing it up again. Or use a big needle and thread.

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Make a fun play time necklace!

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Hang them as room decorations.

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Make pretty garlands, a backdrop for a party or build mobiles.

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Use them for a rainbow color sorting game.

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Or color & size sorting!

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You can put small sweets inside and close up. I tried putting the same colored little treats in each rainbow color shape. A cute rainbow party favor I think!

Enjoy!

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Origami ‘Bipyramid’ Tutorial & What To Do With Them
  • http://ohyeahkeepcalm.blogspot.com ABI

    This is so cool!! :D

  • Alice

    I love this origami

  • andrea

    Help! I’m stuck after the accordion, I think I’m overcomplicating this… haha I keep ending up with a 6 sided shape!

    • admin

      Hi Andrea, I think you’re doing it correctly, because it is a 6 sided shape! This triangular pyramid has 3 faces on each side. Maybe it looks simpler than you imagined! Hope you enjoy them : )

  • http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com Linda

    This is just so darn cute! Pinning also and following. Linda
    I’d love to have this linked to What to do Weekends also.

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/03/what-to-do-weekends-10.html

  • http://montlasalleridingclub.com laklat

    i just went to buy some colored papers! i loved it so much!

  • http://www.designlifekids.com kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS

    These are fabulous! The colors… the shapes… so pretty! I’d like to make them to hang around my office!

  • Hajime Crea

    These are also known as crane eggs, and you can even buy paper specially made for folding them!

  • Jane

    So adorable! I’m making these now. How did you keep the triangles suspended on the string for the mobile without having them all slip down to the end of the string? Thanks!

    • http://www.mrprintables.com MrP

      Thanks Jane! When I made them some slipped down but most didn’t so I just left them as they were. (I used a slightly chunky thread.) But I think you could just make a knot after the shape, or use tape inside the flap (the last bit) which won’t show when you close them up. Enjoy!

  • http://www.bespokezine.com Robyn from Bespoke Magazine

    Oh my! These are gorgeous. love them.

  • Gina Bena

    so, cool, I will put treats in them and use them as a fun start to our Ancient Egyptian home school study unit and they can make the necklaces. I love your ideas.

  • Mabe

    Hello! Im stuck in the accordion. HELP! This is really gorgeous, Im trying to do the necklace (:

  • Wichada Wisanbannwit

    I can’t fold it to the bipyramid :(

  • noname

    the directions are not as clear as they should be….I think this should be a step by step YOU TUBE instead

  • http://www.davidcrowley.me David Crowley

    Any recommendation for paper weight for making these? or is 80g ok?