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Credits and Resources:This is a traditional model.
Video instructions are available on Youtube by
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Paper to be used: Square, any size; for a useful party bowl, use a square of 20 cm or larger.
Folding level: Easy/Beginner
Steps: 15
Description: This is a fairly shallow open tray or dish.
It has five compartments - a star-shaped compartment at the center surrounded by four more that are vaguely oval in shape.
The ovals are quite deep while the central compartment is more shallow and seems to be raised above the surface of the table.
This dish is also sometimes called a Happy Bowl.
If it is folded from large, sturdy squares, it makes excellent bowls for any occasion.
NOTE:  This model starts from the blintz base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the blintz base once, then go to Step 6.
You can also learn about the Blintz and other origami bases at the following link:
Step 1
Place a square down with its edges to the left and right, top and bottom.
Step 2
Fold the square in half in both directions, by bringing the opposite edges together, unfolding each time.
Result: You will have two valley creases crossing each other at the center of the square now, or a print plus sign.
Step 3
Now, fold the square in half diagonally in both directions, by bringing its opposite corners together, unfolding each time.
Result: You will have eight valley lines or a print asterisk.
Step 4
Make the blintz fold by using the method you prefer to fold all four corners in to meet at the center of the square.
When pressed flat, you should end up with a smaller square-shaped model divided into 4 triangles.
Make sure that, as far as possible, all outside corners are folded neatly at a 90 degree angle and that the crease lines all lie straight and meet precisely in the center of the square.
Step 5
Now, fold all 4 single-layered flaps outwards to meet the edges of the square.
Try to fold as straight as possible here, placing each point exactly at the center point of each edge.
The result will be a model that resembles a square picture frame with a triangular flap lieing on top of each edge.
Step 6
Flip the model over from right to left to reveal a smooth surface on the other side of the paper.
Step 7
Using the center point of the model, make a cupboard fold by bringing the left and right edges to meet each other at the center vertical crease line.
Make nice creases on each side and unfold.
Step 8
Turn your square 90 degrees to the right and repeat the cupboard fold with the edges that are now on the left and right.
Crease well and unfold.
Step 9
Flip the model back over from left to right.
We now want to accentuate the creases we just created.
If you think of the model as a picture frame, you would now want to fold along the inside of the frame, using a mountain fold.
This step is more a pinching action than a fold.
Note that we try here to only fold the center of each edge, leaving the corners unfolded.
The corners might stand at awkward angles, but try to ignore them for this step.
You want to cause the flat paper to fold away from you and stand at a 90 degree angle.
So, start at the edge furthest away from you and pinch along the first crease line from the top until the paper bends away from you at a 90 degree angle.
Step 10
Turn the model to the right to find the next edge and repeat the previous step.
Result: You would like to create something that looks like a square table with corners that jut out to the outside of the fold.
Step 11
Flip the table so it is upside down.
Step 12
You are now going to work on the corners by pushing their points to the inside.
The folds you have already created will help you here.
Result: All four corners should now be located on the inside of the square table or box.
Don't try to press the corners flat against the sides of the box. Just leave them as they are for the next step to work.
Step 13
Flip the model back over so the table is once again standing up in the correct way.
Step 14
You are now going to collapse your table into a flat rectangular shape.
To do this:
14.1 Rotate your table so its corner points are on the left and right or so it is in a diamond formation.
14.2 Gently hold the left and right corners between your thumbs and forefingers.
14.3 At the same time, push inwards from the sides and downwards at the very center of the model.
Result: The paper will collapse inwards into a kind of star shape.
14.4 Rotate your star shape slightly so that you have two arms on the left and two on the right.
Result: These arms will seem to form a print letter X or put in another way, the four arms of the star will seem to radiate out diagonally from the center of the shape.
14.5 Grasp the two points on the left with the fingers of one hand and the two points on the right, with the fingers of the other hand; then, bring your fingers together until your model is completely flat.
Put in another way, squeeze two points together on the left and the other two on the right. The star will fold in on itself with two points now on the left and the other two on the right.
The shape should be completely flat, but you will be holding it upright between your fingers for the next steps.
Result: You will end up with a multi-layered rectangle that has one single-layered triangular flap at the back and another at the front.
Step 15
After all this, it is time to open up your bowl.
15.1 Start with the side of the rectangle nearest you.
Just behind the triangle, you will find a pocket.
Gently poke a finger inside and pull the side of the bowl towards you.
Just pull it as far as it will go for now.
15.2 Do the same with the side of the bowl furthest away from you.
15.3 Turn the model so that the open sides are on the left and right and repeat the previous steps.
Result: You want to open all four sides of the bowl into compartments that will be vaguely triangular in shape.
The bottom of each compartment will be slightly rounded.
Pinch each corner of the bowl from the outside and the inside a few times.
Take your time to shape the four compartments so they become as rounded and as open as possible.
15.4 At the center of the Lazy Susan you will find a beautiful star-shaped compartment which is slightly higher than or raised above the rest of the bowls around it.
Be sure to pinch the divisions between all the compartments so that the one at the center is a nice size. It should not be too small or too large in relation to the rest of the bowls.
Pinch extra hard to set the creases on the inside of the model since they will tend to revert back to their flat, rectangular shape.
Lastly, you can leave the outer edges of your bowl round or if preferred, you can make a very small pinch at the center of each edge, halfway between the corner pillars of the bowl.
This will give the side compartments a slightly triangular shape.
You can now display your beautiful bowl as is of fill it with treats for a special occasion.
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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, January 2024
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