An Origami Darth Vader for Star Wars Day

Tadashi Mori's Origami Darth Vader "An Origami Darth Vader for Star Wars Day"

I find your lack of faith disturbing
Darth Vader, Star Wars

It’s Star Wars Day!

To fans of the movies, May 4th is known as Star Wars Day! This is a reference to a phrase frequently used in the films “May the Force be with you”, and adapted to become “May the Fourth be with you” in reference to today’s date.

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It’s not in any way endorsed by or affiliated to Lucasfilm or Disney (the companies behind the Star Wars Franchise), but it’s grown organically and has moved beyond its roots among die-hard fans to become something of an annual event on social media. With that in mind, I thought today was an appropriate day to feature Tadashi Mori’s origami Darth Vader – one of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars series.

I’ve featured a few Star Wars paper models on this blog.  For Star Wars Day last year, I made the Millennium Falcon, and before that, I folded an Origami Yoda.

Folding your own Origami Darth Vader

As Tadashi Mori says, this is an intermediate level design.  Not one for complete beginners, but if you’ve got a small amount of experience of origami, it shouldn’t be that much of a problem to make. The instructions are pretty clear, so if you’ve done any origami before and you can fold accurately, I suggest you give it a go. As Yoda would say “Do or do not. There is no try”.

You need paper that is black on both sides for this model. Most paper types will do. I used a sheet of origami tissue foil for the model in the picture. The 30cm x 30cm (12in x 12in) sheet of paper I had created an origami Darth Vader that stands about 10cm tall.  It takes about 45 mins to an hour to make this model. You can get tissue foil from The Origami Shop – check prices and availability here.

Origami Darth Vader Instructions

Tadashi Mori has made a video for his origami Darth Vader design, which is available below. I’m really impressed with how his videos have evolved over time and how the quality of his teaching has developed.  Today, his videos are extremely good quality.

He explains every step you need to make an origami Darth Vader, the folds are clear, and the pacing of the instructions is very good. This tutorial is a good example.  My only criticism would be that the ‘plinky-plinky’ background piano music is unnecessary and gets annoying after a while. That apart, this is a good tutorial for a model that’s fun to fold. For more of Tadashi Mori’s designs, see Tadashi Mori’s YouTube Channel.

Good luck making your own origami Darth Vader, and May the Fourth be with You!

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Russell has been folding origami since he was 8 years old and has recently written the book, Origami Made Simple. He is on the Council for the British Origami Society and a member of OrigamiUSA. When he is not folding, he enjoys photography and traveling.

    • Hi.

      You should be able to see how Jo Nakashima opens the paper out in the preceding minute or so to get the flaps in the right place. It can be a bit tricky to slot one flap inside the other – particularly as the model is curved at this point and sometimes it will pop out if it’s not a tight enough fit, or not go at all if it’s too tight! Keep perservering, but if you still can’t get it, use a dab of glue to just stick one behind the other. I won’t tell if you don’t – just don’t let on that I told you!

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