Make An Origami Box With Flaps

Fold this origami container to use for display or as storage for paper clips, rubber bands, and other light desktop items.

This origami box is a beginning-intermediate level origami project. Make sure you follow the directions carefully and move on to the next step only when you are confident that all previous steps have been completed correctly.

Start with a perfect square of plain white typing or copy paper. Once you have mastered this model, then complete it using a colored or patterned paper, if desired. Any paper that is heavier than the average sheet of notebook paper would be an appropriate choice.

Your workspace is as important as the paper you choose. In order to achieve the sharpest creases and most accurate folds possible (crucial to the success of the model) it is very important that you have a hard, flat surface available to work on. Make your crease even sharper by running a ruler or pencil edge along each one as you work.

1. Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the box is face down.

2. Bring the upper left corner of the paper down to meet the lower right corner. Crease and unfold.

3. Bring the upper right corner of the paper down to meet the lower left corner. Crease and unfold.

4. Bring the left corner down to the center of the model, using the intersection of the diagonal lines as a guide. Crease and leave folded.

5. Repeat Step 4 for the remaining three corners. Turn the model over.

6. Position the model so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.

7. Bring the right point of the model over to meet the left point. Crease and leave folded. Re-position the model so that the top point of the resulting triangular shape is pointing up.



8. Bring the right point of the model up to meet the top point. Crease and unfold.

9. Bring the left point of the model up to meet the top point. Crease and unfold.

10. Push the right point of the model straight up, between the layers of the model's right side, to meet the top point. This should cause a pointed flap of paper to stick out toward you. Bring this flap down to the left. Press flat. Turn the model over.

11. Position the model so that the angled point becomes the model's lower left point.

12. Bring the left point to the top of the model. The base of the triangular shape that makes up the model's top layer will automatically come up to form its right edge. Press flat.

13. Push the top point of the model down, between the layers of the model's right side, to meet the bottom right point. This should cause a pointed flap of paper to stick out toward you. Bring this flap down to the left to form a square shape. Press flat.

14. Position the model so that its open end is facing toward you.

15. Bring the bottom point of the model (top layer only) up to meet the top point. Crease and unfold.

16. Open up the flaps the make up the models top layer. You will only be able to open them a bit.

17. Bring the bottom point up to meet the top point as you did in Step 15. Open up the top layer's flaps even more as you move the point upward. The top layer of the model should collapse along the crease line made in Step 15 and the flaps should open up to create a rectangular shape at the top of the model. Press flat. Turn the model over.

18. Repeat Steps 15-17.

19. Bring the right edge of the model (top layer only) over to meet the left edge. Press flat. Turn the model over.

20. Repeat Step 19.

21. Bring the straight, upper left edge of the model over to meet the center vertical line. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the opposing right edge. Turn the model over.

22. Repeat Step 21.

23. Bring the bottom point of the model up as far as it will easily go. The point should almost reach the top of the model. Crease and leave folded. Turn the model over.

24. Repeat Step 23.

25. Grasp each of the flaps created in Steps 23-24 and pull outward to complete the box.

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