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How to make an easy modular origami spinning disc/top

My little gal really loves these! You'll see in the guide you can make it w/ 6 or 7 parts.

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Fold square paper in half diagonally. My paper is 5-6 inches. I haven't tried smaller paper, but I would assume that with this design bigger is better.

Fold square paper in half diagonally. My paper is 5-6 inches. I haven't tried smaller paper, but I would assume that with this design bigger is better.

Fold top point down along bottom edge; top layer only, though it doesn't matter if you do both (that might be easier for younger kids actually).

Fold top point down along bottom edge; top layer only, though it doesn't matter if you do both (that might be easier for younger kids actually).

Fold right point over to edge (where you just made that crease in previous step).

Fold right point over to edge (where you just made that crease in previous step).

Fold top layer of point down as shown.

Fold top layer of point down as shown.

(I had no idea I switched color of paper on you; sorry.) Tuck that white triangle into pocket.

(I had no idea I switched color of paper on you; sorry.) Tuck that white triangle into pocket.

Now you'll need to make a total of 6 or 7 all the same way. 6 gives you a traditional top shape. It's an even number, so you can make a pattern. 7 is more of a disc & I like the way it spins better.

Now you'll need to make a total of 6 or 7 all the same way. 6 gives you a traditional top shape. It's an even number, so you can make a pattern. 7 is more of a disc & I like the way it spins better.

I'm making 6, so I could have a color pattern. I will show you one with 7 as well. 7 is good for all one color or double sided paper that's all the same. I think 7 is better spinning for little hands.

I'm making 6, so I could have a color pattern. I will show you one with 7 as well. 7 is good for all one color or double sided paper that's all the same. I think 7 is better spinning for little hands.

Slip one into the other. In this case, purple is going into the pocket of the pink one. The bottom tip of the purple will be just barely in that pocket.

Slip one into the other. In this case, purple is going into the pocket of the pink one. The bottom tip of the purple will be just barely in that pocket.

Fold the top tip back &...

Fold the top tip back &...

Tuck it in.

Tuck it in.

Like this.

Like this.

Now we'll tuck this guy away...

Now we'll tuck this guy away...

Right into here. Add all your pieces in the same way...

Right into here. Add all your pieces in the same way...

Here's my 6. You'll have a gap which is good cuz you're making a cone. Pink is going to slide into purple. Tuck away those two triangles & you're done!

Here's my 6. You'll have a gap which is good cuz you're making a cone. Pink is going to slide into purple. Tuck away those two triangles & you're done!

Pretty like a pinwheel.

Pretty like a pinwheel.

Very cone shaped with 6.

Very cone shaped with 6.

Toss it onto smooth, flat surface like a frisbee or even skipping stones.

Toss it onto smooth, flat surface like a frisbee or even skipping stones.

Here's a comparison of 6 & 7.

Here's a comparison of 6 & 7.

Wheee!

Wheee!

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