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.


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)


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.

Step 1: Materials Shot

Get together the materials. The stylus can be substituted for a pencil or pen (preferably with no ink).
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greate instructable... would love to get the Adobe Illustrator file... THANK YOU!
How clever!<br />
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.
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
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!

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