Pleated Twist Cross

Pleated Twist Cross

Pleated Twist Cross
This origami Pleated-Twist Cross is surprisingly easy even though it may look a bit complicated. Give it a try and be pleasantly surprised! It is a clever design and I wonder why no one else has discovered it before me.



Origami Pleated-Twist Cross Instructions

Pleated Twist Cross

Step 1:

Start with a square sheet of paper with the colored-side facing up.

Fold and unfold the paper horizontally into quarters. Make sure the folds are all valley folds.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 2:

Fold and unfold the paper into quarters vertically. Make sure all folds are valley folds.

Turn the paper over.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 3:

Fold and unfold the paper horizontally into eighths. To do this, make 4 valley folds in between existing crease lines.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 4:

Fold and unfold the paper vertically into eighths. To do this, make 4 valley folds in between existing vertical crease lines.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 5:

Fold and unfold the paper along the diagonals to make an X-shaped crease.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Turn the paper over.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 6:

Start to collapse the paper along existing crease lines. Sart with the outermost creases. Make mountain folds all around and along the corners as shown.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 7:

In the next round of creases, make valley folds all around and along the diagonal as shown.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 8:

For the third layer, make mountain folds all around and along the corners. The paper will start to stack and layer on top of itself.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 9:

Make valley folds as shown.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 10:

After the collapse, the paper will change from a square into an X shape.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 11:

Bring adjacent flaps together so it is stacked like a strip of paper.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 12:

Ease open the paper a little and twist along the center so the arms of the paper looks like a plus sign “+”.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Adjust as necessary to get a + shape. Try to get the arms to be perpendicular to one another.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 13:

Fold in the right arm of the cross so the pointy tip is tucked inside the layers of paper.

origami paper DIY religious Cross

Step 14a:

On the left side, the paper is a bit too long so you have to first make a reverse fold so the pointy tip is tucked in between the layers of paper of the cross.

Pleated Twist Cross

Step 14b:

Once that is done, fold in the left arm of the cross so the end is tucked under the layers of paper at the middle of the cross.

Make the left & right arms of the cross the same length.


Pleated Twist Cross
Turn the model around.


Pleated Twist Cross
Step 15:

Fold down the top arm down as in step 13.


Pleated Twist Cross
Step 16:

Fold in the bottom tip as in step 14a.

Pleated Twist Cross
Pleated-Twist Cross is done!

origami paper DIY religious Cross