Introduction: How to Make a Paper Cube

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I will show you how to make an origami paper cube in less than 3 minutes. These paper cubes are really fun to make! After you finish making the cube, you could also try putting a LED inside the cube to make awesome lighting effects! Credit for the LED in the cube goes to gorillazmiko.

Step 1: Beginning Fold

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All you need is:
A piece of paper
Something that will cut paper

First, you just do a simple fold (shown in the photo).

Step 2: Cut the Paper

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Cut the paper along the line to make a square.

Step 3: Unfold, Fold

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Now unfold the paper and you will have a square. Then fold it the other way.

Step 4: Mountain Fold

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Now fold the sides in as shown in the photo. This is called a mountain fold. Then fold it down as shown.

Step 5: Yay! More Folds!

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Next, fold the bottom corners up to the point at the top. But only on one side.

Step 6: Two More Folds

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Fold the two sides in so that the tips touch the center.

Step 7: Tuck in the Flaps

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Fold down the two flaps at the top. Also notice that there are two slots that you can open near the center. Tuck the flaps into the slots.

Step 8: Now the Other Side

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Now repeat steps 4 through 7 on the other side. You are almost done!

Step 9: Blow! Blow! BLOW!

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On one of the ends you will notice that there is a hole. I bet you are so tempted to blow into it, right? Well then blow, blow, blow!
But wait! There's more!

Step 10: Crease

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Notice how the edges are round? It doesn't look good. So what you should do now is crease all of the edges to finish off the cube!


Sebastiandragonmaster (author)2017-06-02

I made it and wrote "A BOX OF NOTHING FOR THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING" on the side and wrapped it up. I gave it to my dad. We had a good laugh together. I wrapped it up again, and gave it to my mom, who is sleeping. I wonder what will happen when she wakes up...

And what was her reaction

She said “very funny” with a death glare!

1012254 (author)2017-09-26

Can you guys please send me a video because I don't get this

Michael A.R (author)2017-02-27

i didnt make it ??????

liz345 (author)2016-05-06

Thanks so much i was wondering how to make a cube. now i'm wondering how to slove my mixed up rubicks cube. can you please help me with that?

Hyrum66 (author)liz3452017-01-09

Try this.

It worked well for me - in a week I went from solving it in 30 minutes to less than 2 min.

Hyrum66 (author)Hyrum662017-01-09

oops! sorry I forgot - here's the URL:

Awesome bob made it! (author)2016-11-05

It was awesome... like bob!

990992384t5784 made it! (author)2016-10-28

I recomend using a straw to blow it up.

jcopland34 (author)2016-10-12

thanks it worked so well

RicardoF96 (author)2016-08-27

Terrible instructions and even worse box. This is what happened when i blew. I blew it up ?

Alyssacao105 (author)2016-06-20


Alyssacao105 (author)2016-06-20

We are doing a class thing where you make gifts for your friends so I needed to make a dice.

Alyssacao105 (author)2016-06-20

I was gonna make a dice but this one has lines and holes, but when U don't care it's really a great way to make a cube!

estherli521 (author)2016-06-15

can you plz make a seamless cube?

ConnorW made it! (author)2016-05-19

It didn't turn out well. I made paper cubes a while ago and I remember them turning out better.

Winnerdemon (author)2016-05-10

This is really confusing to me XD

PrincessJoy11 (author)2016-04-05

Heylo this was nice helped me on a school project!!!!

BakerSoccerGirl (author)2016-02-01

This really helps in school projects

DarkV1 (author)BakerSoccerGirl2016-04-01

it helped me with my project

DarkV1 made it! (author)2016-04-01


On my first try i was like what, then i pulled the sides and WhAM there it was, after that i partied like no one ever did before.

ashutoshpanda2002 (author)2016-01-01

wow that was real good . helped me in my school project. A BIG THANKS

Ezma02 (author)2015-12-14

My first one, not that good!

Blah ddd (author)2015-08-11

That was epic

falllie (author)Blah ddd2015-12-11

hey blah ddd

falllie (author)2015-12-11

that was total epic for sure

Blah ddd (author)2015-08-11

Salt and Peppy (author)2013-09-06

I've been making these for over 20 years. There is a step missing between steps 3 and 4. You need to crease the paper in half one time, as well as creasing corner to corner twice.

k2iran (author)2012-09-29

im a master of making this cube bombs!!

fill it with water and booom!! :D

tweetybirdcheapcheap (author)2012-08-14

This is a really cool way to make a paper box! Way easier than how my friend explained it. "Uhh, now you fold here, no you don't. You fold here, but that doesn't look right. Umm hold up, wait for just a second..." Haha! It was HILARIOUS! But thanks for the tips!

midknight5000 (author)2012-03-16

interesting design and good looks but I think I have a better idea of cube that can hold its shape, I think ill post it this weekend. great instructable btw!

ATTILAtheHUNgry (author)2012-03-16

In Japanese they call these "Kamifusen" which means "Paper Balloon".

flamingice (author)2012-03-16

if you dont crease the edges you can fill it with water through the hole and then you have a water bomb

Pfarmkid (author)2012-03-16

I wonder if you could make a hot air balloon out of it

cc67 (author)2012-03-16

nice instructable. you know, you can fill the hole with water and drop them to a floor (or enemy if youre really angry at him).

pdmitri (author)2011-11-21

tnx for the steps,i done a great job with it,but its all crumpled,but that's the way i go,hahahaha

pdmitri (author)2011-11-21

my favorite part,haahaha

pdmitri (author)2011-11-21

i have used it in a project of mine,and many others want to learn it too

fduerr1 (author)2011-10-02

50 years ago we used to make water bombs with this design. They, indeed, hold most any liquid of the paper is water (or ?) proof. What we did with the water bombs is another story.

SirBishop (author)2011-08-04

The detail looks easy. Will comment on the finished qube later.

dubeadri (author)2009-12-23

HOW THE HELL ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO THAT???? i do not understand one bit... lol.. make it easier next time

ZyZZyvette (author)dubeadri2011-07-06

Yeah, I think 2/3 of my edges didn't even have lines to crease on when I started this step. It was looking pretty good before I creased, but now not so much. But I'm clumsy like that I guess. :D

Fizzy11Fatz (author)2011-02-11

sweet ill do dat 1 day

snork8720 (author)2010-04-18

Thanks, I used to make these when I was a kid, forgot about them, til now, and will be teaching my cousins when I see them later. hehehe

One suggestion: instead of steps one/two, because I was really confused as I started with a square paper, being just cut the paper, maybe next time you could say start with a square paper and if you don't have one, --insert step 1/2

HedgehogNinja (author)2009-10-08

Sweet... Thank you sooooo much. I have been in need of something like this!!!

Ghost-12985 (author)2009-04-26

I was completly lost a step 7 Do you think you could make it a little bit easier?

Radobot (author)2009-03-21

This is a cool and easy tutorial How make paper cube with one paper square!
This is really easy!!!

amin001 (author)2009-02-24

wow nice way to make a cube

ublind (author)2009-01-22

Your fold in step 4 is actually called the water bomb fold, some Chinese kids fill those pockets with water and use them as water balloons.

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