Origami Tangram Puzzle Tutorial – Francis Ow

Origami Tangram Puzzle Tutorial - Francis Ow via @paper_kawaii

Origami Tangram Puzzle Tutorial - Francis Ow via @paper_kawaii

This tutorial will teach you how to make a fun origami tangram puzzle. This easy to make puzzle is a clever gift for young kids and adults who enjoy geometric shapes. Easily make it from some square sheets of paper. Design by Francis Ow.

Sadly Francis Ow passed away at the end of June, I had a dozen conversations with him over the past few years, one of which was about his origami tangram designs. He kindly gave me permission to create tutorials for his tangrams, I wish I had done the tutorial at the time, but never got around to it.

So this tutorial is dedicated to him, a great origami designer, check out his work on his website here. A diagram is also available for this tangrams (and more).

I’ve always had a tangram puzzle around somewhere, I think they make great gifts for parents as it’s a little distraction for kids. What I also discovered (I’m excited about it!), two sets of tangrams can be re-arranged into a larger square (photo above) in many different ways.

If you used one different color for each tile, it would be very pretty, maybe even like an artwork.

Design: © Francis Ow (permission granted) Copyright Information
Level: ★★☆☆☆

Time references:

Large triangles (& small triangles) – 1:59
Parallelogram – 4:31
Square – 8:18
Medium triangle – 10:14

You will need:

▸ 4 sheets of square paper
▸ Scissors (to trim at the start)

To pre trim paper:
▸ 2 sheets square (15 x 15 cm)
▸ 3 sheets of half square (15 x 7.5 cm)
▸ 2 sheets of square paper (quarter – 7.5 x 7.5 cm)

Paper size example: 15 x 15 cm
Final model size: 10.4 x 10.4 cm (sorry it’s wrong at the start of the video).

The origami photo frame box tutorial can be found here.
To make the frame you’ll need paper 2 times the size of the final tangram. So if your tangram is 10.4 x 10.4 cm, you’ll need 21 x 21 cm for the frame box. And also remember 1 cm for the frame measurement ..

Origami Tangram Puzzle Tutorial - Francis Ow via @paper_kawaii

Origami Tangram Puzzle Tutorial - Francis Ow via @paper_kawaii

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