Stage Origami

Aníbal Ramírez, Rafael Ortíz, José Milán, Ricardo Santiago and Emilio Cuadrado from Casa de Adoración Jabes in Bayamón, Puerto Rico brings us this cool use of Coroplast.

For their congregation’s 13th Anniversary Conference they wanted to do something that would look elegant and provide a good setting for worship sets. They had a limited budget, so they needed to reuse every material that they could in a smart way.

They used 6 Coroplast 4’x8’ sheets that they already had from previous projects, cutting them to shape with a utility knife and scoring in the middle, halfway up, to fold and give a tapered effect that would produce some shadows for a tridimensional effect. For the framing, they used 1-5/8” steel studs, configuring forms that would project the Coroplast shapes 12” to the front, alternating top and bottom projections with middle projections. Then they fixed the frames to the existing backwall. They have been using steel studs in their recent projects because they are a lightweight material, easy to work with and reusable on-and-on for many applications.

Lighting brought the final touch, producing interesting shades on the angled faces, giving depth to the Coroplast configuration. They used LED par cans and 6 LED linear wash lights to achieve the lighting effect.

(6) White Coroplast Sheets
(47) 1-5/8”Steel Studs
Drywall Screws
Flat Black Paint

Coroplast sheets were reused from past designs, so they spent about $150 on steel studs and paint.

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67 responses to Stage Origami

  1. Love this! it is so modern and clean!

  2. Unreal!! This is soo cool!!

  3. How much stage space did this occupy?

    • Hi Cody! This was made with 4’x8′ chloroplast panels in a vertical configuration (refer to second picture). We used 6 panels with the same geometry (alternating directions and projections), separation between panels is 6″ and the projections are 12″. So, I would say that it is 26′-6″ wide, 8′ tall and 12″ deep. I hope this helps. Blessings!!!

  4. yah thats very unique I love it.

  5. I love it!! Fresh and original. I think this has won me over for our next stage design.

  6. Would you be willing to share the Sketchup drawing? I would be so grateful if you would be willing to email it and share dimensions.

  7. Really outstanding! The idea of working with metal studs is brilliant – easy to cut and screw together and strong and lightweight when connected. Brilliant! Thanks so much for the idea!

  8. Would you be willing to share the Sketchup drawing? I would be so grateful if you would be willing to email it and share dimensions.

  9. Beautiful stage design kindly share dimensions to my email address
    Much appreciated . God bless your talent.

  10. Very beautiful stage design. I would love to have the dimensions. My email address Much appreciated. God bless you.

  11. Brock Nightingale December 8, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Hi. We’ve been looking for a new design for our stage and decided to recreate yours. I’m drawing up plans and would love to see your drawings as well. Also wondering if you used construction adhesive to apply the panels. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Fantastic design!!

    My email is

  12. Hi, Anibal.

    Love this design and think it’ll work well in my church. Would you mind sending me your designs, too? I have a fairly good idea from the pictures, but additional insight would be great.
    Much appreciated.

  13. i would love to have this stage design un my church. could you share with me the desings, please.?? thank you so much for sharing it.

  14. Michelle Chapman December 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Where can the coroplast sheets be purchased? Love your design!

  15. The design is just what I’m looking for. Could you also share the sketchup drawing with me as well? Thanks in advance!!

  16. Amazing! I know you’ve been asked this a hundred times, but could you please send me your plans/design/drawings? My email is
    Thank you! Keep posting your awesome designs!

  17. This is incredible – hoping to create something along these lines in February. I’ll jump on the train too – I’d love to get the sketchup file (and any other supporting materials/documents) via email (

    Thanks in advance – beautiful design, well done.

  18. Hello Anibal, I love your design and I would to use it! Can you please share your sketch design? Also, how long is the entire frame after it’s done? My stage is 20×40 and I’m wondering if it will fit nicely in the center… Thank you soooo much!!

  19. Hi Anibal, was totally impressed with the stage decor wall tt took some little space but create such great light ambience. Would love to receive your SketchUp file, details and another documents. My church is intending to enhance our stage and this design might work. My email –


  20. Hola Anibal…
    Great design and stage presentation. I have a church here in Puerto Rico and I’m looking to purchase some coroplast. Where did you get it from? I’m in Dorado. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thks

  21. Hola, me podrian decir como pegaron el coroplast al stud de metal, gracias, se lo voy a agradecer

  22. Jackie Banderet January 27, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Hello Anibal
    This looks amazing – I am responsible for a stage set for a conference our church is hosting and think this could be perfect. Please could you send me the details of the plans etc?
    Thanks and bless you

  23. Hi there, I have left a comment before to ask the sketches etc and just received it this morning, and thank you. Can i please ask that you can resend it? my daughter got hold of my phone and deleted most things which included your email!!! So sorry for the inconvenience…

  24. Precious Freeman February 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I’d like the plans for this if possible. Thanks so much!

  25. Great work!! Please send the sketch design to Thank you!

  26. Hi Annibel. We are in the process of building our new church and I am having to present ideas for the stage. This idea is very awesome!! Would you please be so kind to share the plans etc. Would be so grateful.

    Thank you and many blessings to you.

  27. We are thinking of doing this stage design soon. It would go up April 23, 2017. As many before me have asked, any info you could send on construction, details, measurements for cutting the coroplast boards, details for constructing the frame, etc., would be greatly appreciated. A sketch up file has been mentioned and you could send that, too, but I don’t know if I need anything special on my end to read it. So……I would be grateful for any help you can send my way.

  28. Hi, I’d love to use this idea too. It’s brilliant – uncluttered and so effective. Kindly send me the Sketch drawings.

    My email is

    Thank you so much.

  29. Beautiful….can you please share the sketch with me at Would greatly appreciate that.

  30. Patricia Garza April 2, 2017 at 10:10 am

    This looks awesome! Can you please send the sketch to Thank you!

  31. Would you also mind sending us the sketch too? We are working on a set/stage design for our VBS and would like to do something in “shadow”. This would be an awesome addition for the kids to see! Thank you for sharing! My address is

  32. I used this design and created something similar at K2thechurch in Salt Lake City. My sections are 12 feet high so I added half of sheet of coroplast to each section. I used wood 2x2s for the depth framing and 2x4s for the main structure. I didn’t cut out the middle angled gap but did one cut and pulled the sides apart creating the gap. This gave me more material per foot and avoided wasted material. I have 9 sections about 4.5 feet wide on each one. I would post a pic with this comment if it was an option. I have the backdrop lit with a row of showline par 155 zoom from above and showline bar 660 from the stage.

  33. This is amazing! And inexpensive!! Could you please send sketch to Thanks.

  34. Could I please have a copy of the sketch and directions too.

  35. can i please have a copy of the sketch and directions please please? my email is

  36. Carol Calderón Ambelis April 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Could I get a copy of the 3d model as welll? I will appreciate!!.

    Thank you!

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