Snapology Icosahedron (requires approximately 40 strips of paper)

I recently finished working on a new instructional video! This time, I demonstrate how to fold Heinz Strobl’s “Snapology Icosahedron.” Snapology is a paper-folding technique which involves using long strips of paper to create complex geometric polyhedra. The video covers the icosahedron which is one of the simplest platonic solids that can be made with Snapology (requires about 40 strips of paper). More information about this technique can be found here.

A Snapology Egg (requires approximately 170 strips of paper)

By changing the length and number of strips that you use, it is possible to create some really fascinating designs. For example, here is a Snapology Egg that I folded from about 170 strips of paper. You can learn how to fold this model here.

What You’ll Need:

For this model, you will need 5 rectangular sheets of paper. Each of the rectangles will be divided into eights and cut to form long strips of paper. I recommend using Standard US Letter Paper (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 Paper (8.37″ x 11.69″). I also recommend using two different colors of paper to fold this model (to distinguish between different types of units). You will need two sheets of a dominant color and three sheets of an inner color.

Learn to Fold!

Once you’ve prepared your paper, you are ready to fold your Snapology Icosahedron!

Submit Photos!

Have you folded this model? Submit photos of your completed model here to be displayed in the new YouTube Gallery! Special thanks to Heinz Strobl for granting me permission to create this video. Model demonstrated by Evan Zodl.


About the Author

Evan Zodl is an origami artist and instructor. He has been folding paper for over 10 years, and his designs have been featured in exhibitions and publications around the world. His has shared origami with millions of people through his EZ Origami YouTube channel.