Skip main navigation

Hurry, only 10 days left to get one year of Unlimited learning for £249.99 £174.99. New subscribers only. T&Cs apply

Find out more

A flip flex only flexagon

Watch to learn how to fold a flip flex only flexagon

Scott Sherman realised that flexagons can be built according to the flexes that you want to do. This makes flexing much easier to learn.

A characteristic of all the following flexes is that they mix colours, so don’t be surprised when you get mixed-coloured states at the end of your flexing.

This is also the reason why we use the term “states” instead of faces. It is a general term, accepting the fact that only some of the leaves on a face are changed with different colour leaves when flexing, while the others stay put.

Below we explain how to make a flip-flex-only flexagon.

How to fold a flip-flex-only flexagon

Fold the flip-flex-only flexagon by following these instructions:

  • Download the file below (template number 5 in the flexagon booklet) which has the templates for the back and front of the paper strip that will be folded into a flip flex only flexagon
    (Credit: Scott Sherman for research and educational use only)

Important – there are two templates on each side for two different versions of the flip flex only flexagon. You can choose either – or both!

  • Print the templates using a colour printer
  • Cut out the shapes.
  • Glue together the backs and the fronts of the flexagon, so that the paper strip is printed on both sides.
  • Crease the paper along the dashed lines, back and forth, so that the paper is flexible and easy to work. If there are solid lines on the template – cut along them.
  • Fold the adjacent 3’s together and then fold the paper strip into a hexagon
  • Tape the first and last dashed edges together, and that’s it!

Practicing the flip flex

Watch the video again to practice the flip-flex! It will take some time to learn. Here is a step by step image of the manipulations needed to make the flex. You might find this easier to follow.

You might want to take a look at the flip flex explained on Scott Sherman’s website in the related links below.


Do you have any questions about the flip flex only flexagon?

This article is from the free online

Flexagons Galore: Advanced Flexagon Fun

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now