1. 12 squares of vellum paper (5.5" x 5.5")
  2. 3 pcs conductive tape (3" long)
  3. 3 pcs 6mm x 1mm neodymium magnets
  4. (optional) 1 popsicle stick
  5. rechargeable touch-controlled LED board

Step 1: Fold 12 sonobe modules

Follow this video tutorial for folding a sonobe origami module.

After folding one, we'll need to fold 11 more, for a total of 12. It's probably best to do each step 11 times each, instead of doing all the steps 11 times.

Step 2: Partially assemble octahedron

After we fold all modules, we can assemble them together. We'll build a "pyramid" shape with 3 modules, and build a total of 3 pyramid shapes. Afterwards, we assemble them into a partial octahedron.

Step 3: Attach magnets and conductive tape to LED board

Now it's time to assemble the glowy pieces. Note: the video below only uses 1 magnet taped to the sonobe module, but you should actually use 2!

Step 4: Final assembly

Last step! Place the LED board inside the octahedron, wait for a few seconds for the board's capacitive touch sensor to stabilize, and you should be able to close up the octahedron and control it via the conductive tape.


That's it! I hope you enjoyed making your glowagami star!

This LED board is rechargeable, so you can always open up the octahedron and recharge the battery. A short touch will turn the LED on, each successive touch will change the color (there's even a color-changing mode at the end, my favorite) and a long touch will turn it off. The board will remember what color it was when it was was last switched on, so you'll be able to pick your favorite mode and keep it there if you wish.