Introduction: Origami Box
Here are some steps to make your own Origami Box to hold things from paper clips to candies!
Step 1: Gather Materials
The first thing you will need to do is to gather some paper to fold!
You can find Origami paper at craft stores such as Michaels and small packs of them start at $5 moving up into the $15 dollar range for nice paper with pretty designs on it.
However, you could even go and get craft paper (fun colors) and cut it down to a square size!
In short, all you need is paper that is cut down into a square.
Step 2: Getting Started
On a flat, even surface (such as a table or desk), lay out a piece of your chosen paper.
(Pictured here, I have a sheet of plain Origami paper that is colored on one side, and plain on the other)
If you want the outside of your box to be colored, (in this case blue) then flip your piece of paper over so you see the plain side of the paper.
If you'd rather have the outside be plain and have a splash of color inside your box, simply leave it the way it is.
And if you have a piece of paper that is the same color on either side, then you are already set!
Step 3: First Fold
To begin, take one of the corner of the paper, and fold it across evenly to the opposite corner to create a triangle.
Press the crease with your finger or object such as a coin to get the edge nice and flat
*NOTE: When creasing with something other than your finger take care that you don't scratch the paper too hard otherwise some of the color may get scraped away. To avoid this, either use something that won't scratch the paper, don't use too much pressure, or put a paper sheet (such as lined paper or printer paper) in between your origami piece and the tool you use.
Step 4: Second Fold: Similar to the First
Your second fold is going to be taking the two furthest corners of your triangle, and bring them to each other and crease them firmly. This will create a smaller triangle as seen in the second image.
Step 5: Third Fold: Getting Tricky
For our next fold, we want to open up one of the flaps that we created by folding our paper. If you pull up on on of the loose ends of the triangle, then stick your finger into the gap between the paper, you'll get what you see in the second image. (This may be tricky at first but don't over think it!)
Then while your finger is in the pouch, use your other hand to gently pull the tip of the paper and press it down to meet the rest of the paper creating the square shape you see in the third image.
Step 6: Repeat
For the next fold, simply fold your piece over to see the triangle on the other side and repeat the previous step!
Step 7: Getting Your Bearings
To continue on, it is really important that you confirm which way your piece is facing.
For the next steps, you need to have the open end of your paper facing you. If it is upside-down, it will not work.
Step 8: Fourth Fold
Your piece of paper should have four flaps now and the open end should be facing you.
Take one of the top flaps and fold it so that the corner of the flap meets up with the "center line" of your piece. Then crease so it lays flat.
Step 9: Fold Five
Repeat Fold Four with the other top flap to create what you see in the image here.
Step 10: Repeat
Flip over your piece and repeat the last couple steps to create what you see in the third image.
Make sure to crease them well but if it doesn't lay flat, that is perfectly fine!
Step 11: Fold Six: Similar to Fold Three
Similar to how we did Fold Three, pick one of the flaps that we just folded over and expand it so that it lays flat as you can see in image 4.
*Note: It is very important to fold it so that the lines match up. It needs to be centered!
Step 12: Repeat
Repeat the last step until all of the flaps are expanded outwards.
Step 13: Preparation for the Next Step!
For this step, take one of the largest flaps of the paper and fold it over to "hide" the side we were just working on.
Step 14: Repeat
Flip the piece upside-down and repeat the previous step.
Step 15: Next Fold: Even the Sides
For this step, take the small triangular flap seen in the images and fold the flap similarly to how we folded the paper in Fold Four. Then flatten and repeat on the opposite side.
Step 16: Repeat
Flip your piece over and repeat the previous step on the new side.
Step 17: Find the Flap!
For the next step, we need to fold down one of the flaps seen here. Grab the top flap and proceed to the next step!
Step 18: Folding Down the Flap
Now fold down the flap towards the bottom of your piece. However, do not crease it exactly on the edge that you see. Leave a little space in between. Here I left around a centimeter of space between. You will see why in the next step!
*Note: This step may be a bit different depending on what size paper you are using or how much of an edge you want! Feel free to play around with this!
Step 19: Sealing the Edge
Fold down the rest of the flap where the flap meets the other part of the paper to create whats shown here.
The reason we didn't fold the flap at the main crease is because if we fold it again like shown in the photos, it "seals" the edge and keeps the paper from coming unfolded.
Step 20: Repeat!!
Now repeat with each flap.
Step 21: Getting Your Bearings Again
What you have right now may look a bit strange. But to continue, find the open hole that you have created by folding your paper and prepare for the final step!
Step 22: Expanding Your Box
Very carefully and using more than one finger (if you used a larger sized piece of paper), press on the inside of the hole to expand the box. Its important to even reach down into the corners and stretch it out completely. That way, it'll sit flat!
*Note: If you used really small paper, you may want to use a pencil or something smaller than your finger to fill out the corners. Just be careful not to poke a hole in it!
Step 23: Finished!
You finished your Origami Box!