Bringing Origami into the 21st Century


What is Hinja?

Hinja is a unit-based construction system with its origins in modular origami, but traditional paper has been swapped out for prefabricated polypropylene units...

hand holding hinja units in 6 colors
...which means each Hinja unit is tough, durable, and reusable, and has precise creases engineered into the surface, which makes folding a breeze. You don't need a flat surface, you can even do it standing up, and a clever locking mechanism ensures whatever you are building holds together. 
hinja locking mechanism 3d origami


 So why would you want to use Hinja when you can make your own paper units?  Fair question, and the answer is - time.  Doing the 72 folds to build a 6 unit cube may be doable, but if you want to make something like this 90 unit sphere...

hinja stellated pentakis dodecahedron would probably take you a couple of hours and over 1000 paper folds, and that's before you get to do the fun stuff.  With Hinja you can start engaging immediately, which is why we call it "...origami without the boring bits".  

What can you build with Hinja?

Depending on how the engineered folds are (or aren't) engaged determine the three design modes which allow three distinct construction techniques

three hinja design modes

Each has unlimited design possibilities. 

So how does Hinja 2D work?

Hinja 2D:  Use flat unfolded hinja units  straight from the pack.  By using  different color combinations you'll soon  create amazing weave patterns and tapestries that you'll want to hang on your wall.  We recommend simple black and white designs to create spectacular optical effects. 

Remember to step back from your creation to get a really good look at it!

So how does Hinja Cubic work?

Hinja Cubic: Use the two perpendicular creases (i.e. not the diagonal), and fold both hinja tabs away from you to create two mountain folds.  From here on we recommend following this link, because one good video is worth a thousand words...and be sure to hold your hinja unit exactly as in the video.

So how does Hinja 3D work?

For more complex 3D you need to use the diagonal fold, it should be a valley fold that points away from you, opposite to the cubic folds.  Once again video is a much better way to explain,  just remember to hold and fold your hinja unit exactly as it appears in the video...

Folding Hinja for 3D construction 

What's with the packaging?

As we are all aware, the toy industry is pretty notorious for excessive packaging.  Sometimes it's more interesting than the product, in fact, we took that as our lead and turned it around so that the package is the product!!!  When you buy a hinja package it is made from Hinja units! This may be a world first but it ensures nearly zero waste, and guarantees that what you see is truly what you get.

Without a box how will I store my Hinja units?

We are so glad you asked this question!  Here at Hinja we are confident you'll never want to put it away, the chances are you'll make a picture to proudly hang on your wall or an awesome 3D object to put on your mantle piece.

As part of our commitment to minimizing waste we suggest you make your own box (out of Hinja) to store your Hinja units, in the unlikely event you want to put them away.  We even made a video...

Storage Box for Your Hinja Units

What can I buy?

The Hinja Block is packed with 120 construction units, and is currently available in the following range of colors and combinations:

    • White
    • Black
    • Green
    • Red
    • Yellow
    • Blue
    • Black & White: 60 units each
    • Multi-Colored: 20 units each: White, Black, Red, Yellow, Green & Blue

What Can I Make With a Hinja Block Pack?

Have a look at the following animations with examples of Hinja 2D, Hinja Cubic and Hinja3D.  Each panel shows what can be built with a Multi Colour Combo Pack.  Whether you choose to work in 2D or 3D or both, there are endless design possibilities.

Don't forget to watch the slide show at the top of the website and go to our YouTube channel for more how-to videos and design ideas.