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Design & Cut Your Kaleidocycle

You can add whatever design you want to your kaleidocycle- simple geometric designs are best for your first try. You can cut apart the individual sections of the pattern and tape them down to make a pattern that creates a perfectly lined up picture. If you do this, be consistent about which edges are inside and which are outside. Keep A, C, E, G outside and B, D, F, H outside.

Once you are done designing your kaleidocycle, cut it out along the thick black outer edges.


Fold & Crease

Fold and crease long all of the dotted lines and also the diagonal lines (8 total). Make your folds as straight as possible. Crease both downward and upward.

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Start with the two little rectangular tabs & fold them onto the back side of the kaleidocycle. Tape the end of the kaleidocycle together. This will form your first triangular pyramid.

Next take the triangular tabs and push them underneath the colored section with matching symbols. Tape them down. Do this two more times.

At the end close the open end of the kaleidocycle by taping it together. Your kaleidocycle will now look like a chain of triangular pyramids.

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Connect the Edges & Play

Connect the open edges of your kaleidocycle to make it a ring instead of a chain. Make sure you put tape on both sides of the connection. Now you can play with your kaleidocycle and cycle through all of your designs


Watch the video tutorial for more ideas.

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Ryan Bell

Ryan is the Maker Specialist at the Maker Studio @ Science City, where she puts her maker skills to work developing & teaching activities for all ages in 3d printing, sewing, electronics, printmaking, upcycling and many other making areas. In her free time she enjoys learning new skills and making cosplay components/costumes, anything with fiber arts, crafting with cardboard & wearable electronics. Instagram: @ryan_making_things

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In this project your're going to make a Kaleidocycle, a kinetic paper sculpture that you can flex and rotate to show new drawings, patterns or stories. Learn how to assemble your first kaleidocycle during our workshop & decorate it with a simple pattern.