Recycled Crafts: How to Make an Origami Box

December 21, 2012 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Although an origami box in itself is not upcycled or recycled, using recycled paper makes it so! When thinking about origami, so many people feel limited to using only special origami paper. The truth is, reusing paper from old books or maps can make origami even more exciting and interesting. After experimenting with different kinds of paper, we’ve found map paper to be the best weight for origami, although in this example, sheet music worked equally well.



8″ square paper

Step 1:

Begin by folding the paper in half diagonally in both directions.


Step 2:

Unfold and then fold all four corners to the center, to create a smaller square.


Step 3:

Now take the tope and bottom edges and fold them to meet in the center. Unfold and do the same with the two side edges and unfold.


Step 4:

Next, take the two side triangles of your square and unfold them as shown in the photograph.


Step 5:

Now you are going to begin raising up the sides of the box. It can be tricky, so have patience. First, using the folds that are already there, prop up the two sides of the square that still have the corners folded to meet in the center.


Step 6:

Now, to make the third side, look for the area of the paper that looks like a small square, with the edge of the triangle slicing diagonally through the middle of it. In the photograph, I’m holding onto it with my thumb.


Step 7:

Now that you have found the square, fold it inwards, to where only that bottom triangle shows. The other half of the square will be folded behind, as shown in the photograph. Make a sharp crease so it will stay in place. This will be half of the support for the third side of the box.


Step 8:

Do the same fold for the square on the opposite side of the paper. I will refer to these as the supporting triangles in the next step.


Step 9:

Now, to complete this side of the box, fold the flap of paper that is above the two supporting triangles over so that the pointed tip at the end of the flap meets the other two corners inside the bottom of the box.


Step 10:

Repeat steps 6 through 9 on the other side to make the forth and final side of the box. You can make a lid using the same folds, only use a piece of paper that is 1/4″ to 1/2″ smaller.

Have a great holiday and we’ll see you next Friday!



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