Fir Tree 2 by F Guarnieri


Fir Tree

by F Guarnieri

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Every time I see an origami tree created by Francesco Guarnieri, I always think, “This is the most beautiful tree ever!” But then I see his next tree and think the next tree is even better.

This page is a “help page” for folding Abete 2 (Fir Tree 2) created by F Guarnieri. His flickr site shows only a crease pattern. The photos below will show you how to attain the crease pattern and how to collapse it into Fir Tree 2.

The original design consists of 5 tiers (layers). Instructions for the top tier is shown. Guarnieri recommends using paper squares that are:
    10 cm x 10 cm
    16 cm x 16 cm
    20 cm x 20 cm (two)
    29.7 cm x 29.7 cm (I used 30 cm x 30 cm)
It is best to use paper that is the same color on both sides because both sides will be visible in the finished model.

Make the Crease Pattern (CP)


Fold & unfold along diagonals.
Turn paper over.

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Fold & unfold into 4 x 4 grid.
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Blintz fold & unfold.

 

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This is how the CP looks like.
Turn paper over.
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Collapse into Preliminary Base.
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Fold and unfold as shown.

 

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This is how it looks like.
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Fold and unfold as shown.
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This is how it looks like.

 

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Fold and unfold as shown.
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This is how it looks like.
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Fold and unfold as shown.

 

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This is how it looks like.
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Repeat on the other 3 flaps.
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Fold top down in preparation for sink fold.

 

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Unfold completely. Turn paper over.

 

Reinforce the Creases before Collapse

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Valley folds along diagonals.
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Mountain folds along inner square (this is for sink fold).
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Mountain folds along creases outside of center square.

 

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More mountain folds.

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Finally, mountain folds along the edge of the paper.
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This is how it looks like.

 

Collapse Crease Pattern into Model

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Lift the edges so there is a large square at the bottom, like a box. Pinch the bottom of the square so the sides snap together.
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It looks almost like a flower.
Turn model over.
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Bring the 4 points together.

 

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Turn model over.

 

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This is the bottom of the model.
Sink the small central square.

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Push in one side so the model is more compressed.

 

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Repeat on the other 3 sides.
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This unit is done. This is bottom view.
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Top view.

 

Assemble Tiers

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Pinch the bottom of a small unit and compress the sink fold. Slide this into the gaps at the top of a larger unit. Repeat until all tiers are assembled.

 

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