HOW TO MAKE AN ORIGAMI MIRROR
Get a dose of clean papercraft precision with this modular mirror frame project – there’s something so satisfying about neat folded lines. Rather than creating an add-on to a mirror, you’ll craft a structure that the mirror sits inside. Make it your own with patterned paper, or pop a string of little LED lights inside the frame.
For folding and constructing, refer to the Pleating Diagram and Diagrams 1-5 on page 98.
01 On each piece of paper, score vertical lines along the length of the paper – see Overview Diagram – to the measurements given at the base of the Segment Diagram. Each segment measures 4.5cm (17/ 8") wide and has a set of two partially scored 0.75cm ( 3 /8") sections, labelled Column A, and two fully scored 1.5cm ( 5 /8") sections, labelled Column B – see Segment Diagram. There will be a 1cm ( 3 /8") section remaining on the right-hand edge, which will become an assembly tab. The larger piece of paper will have 15 segments, and the smaller 14.
02 Score the four horizontal lines that run across the full paper width – see Overview Diagram – referring to the measurements given on the Segment Diagram.
03 In each segment, cut out the 0.5cm (¼") rectangle shape in Column B – see knife symbol on Segment Diagram.
04 Referring to the measurements given on the Segment Diagram, mark points A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I in Column B and points J, K and L in Column A, then score diagonal lines between the marked points as shown in the Segment Diagram. Repeat for each segment and continue to partially mark and score lines across the assembly tab section – see Overview Diagram.
05 Apply double-sided tape to the 1cm ( 3 /8") section on the right-hand edge of the scored piece – see Overview Diagram. Cut the corners of the assembly tab at a 45º angle.
06 Use a 2mm hole punch to punch holes 0.75cm ( 3 /8") in from the side and bottom edges in each 1.5cm ( 5 /8") scored section – see Overview Diagram and Segment Diagram.
07 For each piece of paper, pre-fold each of the scored vertical and horizontal lines in both directions: note that not all the vertical lines extend to the full height of the paper. In the first segment on one of the pieces of paper, fold the paper vertically along the central scored line between the two 0.75cm ( 3 /8") sections – note that this vertical line does not extend to the full height of the paper – and pre-fold the diagonal scored lines in this section in both directions.
08 Fold the paper vertically along the central scored line between the two 1.5cm ( 5 /8") sections and pre-fold all the diagonal scored lines in this section in both directions. Repeat for the remaining segments on the first piece of paper before replicating on the second piece of paper. Pleat the paper along the scored vertical lines of each segment as indicated on the Pleating Diagram – again, not all the lines extend to the full height of the paper.
09 Working on each piece of paper in turn, and folding across the full width of the paper, mountain fold the scored horizontal line labelled h1 on Diagram 1 over an angle of 90", i.e. fold along the edge of the table or work surface.
10 Mountain fold the scored horizontal line labelled h2 on
Diagram 1 over an angle of 90!.
11 Valley fold the scored horizontal line labelled h3 on Diagram 1 over an angle of 180 , i.e. fold in half.
12 Mountain fold the scored horizontal line labelled h4 on Diagram 1 over an angle of 90º.
13 In the first segment on one of the pieces, valley fold the two scored lines labelled d1 on Diagram 2. Repeat for the remaining segments.
14 Mountain fold the two scored lines labelled d2 on Diagram 2 by pushing down at the point marked X. Repeat for remaining segments.
15 Valley fold the two scored lines labelled d3 on Diagram 2. Repeat for the remaining segments.
16 Valley fold the two scored lines labelled d4 on Diagram 3. Repeat for remaining segments. Replicate on the second piece of paper.
17 Remove the backing from the double-sided tape on the right-hand edge of one folded piece and attach to the left-hand edge of the other piece to create one long strip of folded paper. Remove the backing from the double-sided tape on the right-hand edge of the second folded piece and attach the ends of the model together to begin to create the mirror frame shape.
18 Thread a 1m (393/ 8") length of cord through the punched holes and gently pull the cord to close the back of the frame; secure the ends of the cord by tying a sliding knot – see page 98. To keep the frame shape secured, make a third knot close to knot 2, then trim off the remaining cord.
19 Make a rectangular hole in the back of the origami model as indicated on Diagram 4; this should be the necessary size to accommodate the split batten fixture you are using. Now you can insert the mirror into the origami frame. Place the folded model on a clean work surface. Gently place the mirror into the 0.5cm (¼") slots cut out at the start of the project.
20 Attach the split batten to the mirror with mirror fixing tape by pressing the mirror and the split batten firmly together. Attach the finished hanging system to the wall following the manufacturer’s instructions, then refer to Diagram 5 on page 98 to hang the mirror in position.