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Easter Egg or Candy container (computer aided origami)

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This instructable will guide you through creating a decorative container for Easter, or if you wish any thing you want it to hold. I do allow things besides candy.

Materials:

Computer with printer. Adjust the size of the crease pattern to as large as can fit on a regular sheet of paper.

Paper with the crease pattern printed on it. I recommend card stock or canson paper. Just make sure the paper doesn't split when you fold it.

Straight edge. I'm using a protractor for its straight edge.

Glue or stapler

Either a pen or something you can trace with (I don't recommend a utility knife, although a dull butter knife might work)

Scissors

Side note: The file for the image is not the original viacad file which is cleaner. If you would like the file in viacad or adobe illustrator you can send me note with your email and I will send it. Otherwise just print the pic as large as you can on

By the way sticking an led in it and letting it glow it becomes a pretty nifty light.

TO GO GREEN...This design works well with political handouts that can fill your mailbox at this time of year. Also you can use any thicker material that is already printed on rather than throw it out and put them over led light strings for a custom and green decoration.

Notes I should've added in the beginning: Yes I did create this on my own inspired by a traditional origami model. If you like doing this sortof thing I have a bunch of other crease patterns at http://cedison.wordpress.com/2009/04/09/computer-aided-origami-candy-boxes/ but they are nondirectional creasepatterns and no instructions like here.
 
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Step 1: Materials shot

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Get together the materials. The stylus can be substituted for a pencil or pen (preferably with no ink).

Step 2: Image of cp

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Put this in a word document or just print to the margins of the page. I am printing it on yellow canson. If you want the viacad or adobe illustrator files drop me a line as I couldn't upload them.

Step 3: Image save in word

If you can this is a cleaner version saved in word.

Step 4: Scoring

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Score using a pen tip, pencil, or preferable a stylus. I use a ruler for the straight lines and freehand the curves. Score on EVERY line.

Step 5: Cut out on black lines

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All lines scored and box cut out

Step 6: Creasing the Diagonal Lines

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Crease the diagonal lines only

Step 7: What it looks like

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Step 8: Creasing the other side

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Flip the paper over and crease on the rest of the score lines. Look at the next pic for reference if needed.

Step 9: With all the creases

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What it looks like with all the creases.

Step 10: Glue or Staple

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Apply glue as shown or staple on the diagonals (this won't be as neat) and overlap one layer

Step 11: Glued side view

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Should be a hexagon from the side.

Step 12: Collapse 1

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This is typically the stubborn part. The initial collapse is a pain, but practice makes perfect. You will be twisting the lid shut clockwise or counterclockwise depending on the side. The pic below is for counterclockwise and when I do the other side it will be clockwise.

Pinch the edge and fold over on the pre-existing crease, while keeping that in place do the next one and the next till it collapses in a star shape. Look at the next to pics to see the progression.

Step 13: Collapse Two

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Step 14: Collapse Three

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Step 15: Finished collapse

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Do the other side the same way as 11-14, except the direction you twist is opposite. The twist opens and closes easier each time. Make sure the inner creases are where the twist is positioned or it will not want to stay closed.

Step 16: Underside view of collapse

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Step 17: Finished product

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The completed product perfect for holding candy, trinkets, etc...
van_bang4 years ago
Wonderful!!!
eyalww5 years ago
greate instructable... would love to get the Adobe Illustrator file... THANK YOU!
sunshiine5 years ago
How clever!
leona0076 years ago
excellent!
i tried this and it was hard at first but turned out ok the only edit i would suggests is in step 12 where you say to twist it shut clockwise. now a may have done mine wrong but one of my sides twisted counter clockwise so the initial collapsing was confusing but otherwise great job.
cedison (author)  pineapplenewton6 years ago
pineapplenewton you were right and wrong...as was I. One side is clockwise the other counterclockwise. Thanks for identifying that:) I would never have realized the mistake and I'm sure it would frustrate people
cedison (author) 6 years ago
Thanks Cartermarquis. Two things did you use regular thin paper? If so making the second collapse is hard. Second I certainly didn't photograph my first one of these (these are my second and third respectively) for good reason:)
Yeah i used cheap colored paper, which i've found to have an inconsistent thickness, to the point where it feels like printer paper, and sometimes like thin construction paper. Its awful stuff.
Looks legit. I'll probably try this out tonight.
Ugh, folding the second side was tough for me. Mine also doesn't look as awesome as yours, but that's to be expected. Good Job!