## Introduction: Origami Box (used As Air-powered Vehicle Body)

We're (my daughter and me) making an air-powered vehicle. This is another brand new project for me, and I wanted to try it out on my daughter before I take it into a classroom.

But first, we must learn to make a box. OK. It seems a little odd that I should start off this project by teaching you have to make a box, but it will all make sense soon.

I saw a variation of this project in a science project kit/book combo. However, I can't afford to spend almost \$17/student (since I collect \$10/year/student), so I had to figure out a way to make it affordable.

The box will become the body of the vehicle. I can easily ask the students to bring a box for this project, but I want uniformity. So, we'll make a box.

## Step 1: Gather Your Supplies.

• Two pieces of construction paper
• Scissors

## Step 2: Fold & Cut.

• Fold one corner of the construction paper.
• Cut the excess and make a square.

## Step 3: Fold & Fold, Again.

• Put the two opposite corners together and fold it in half to make a triangle.
• Fold the top of the triangle (pointy-end) toward the bottom of the triangle in half.
• Fold it in half again.

## Step 4: Creating Guidelines.

• This is what you get - a square with vertical folding grids.
• Now, repeat the folding process in the opposite direction.
• Fold the square in half, creating a triangle.
• Fold it in half and then half, again.
• Now, you have a square with both vertical and horizontal folding grids.

## Step 5: Cut & Fold.

• Fold the opposite ends together to make a triangle.
• Then from the top of the triangle, make a cut two squares in from the pointy-end. Leave one square from the bottom of the triangle uncut.
• Leave the pointy-end pieces alone, for now.
• Then fold in the side pieces toward the center of the box. The box should be two squares wide and one square deep.
• Then fold the pointy-end pieces over the folded pieces and tuck it under the piece.

## Step 6: Done!

• The lid of the box is complete.

## Step 7: Now, on to the Bottom of the Box.

• Now for the box bottom, this piece needs to be a little smaller. Make the square a little smaller and cut off the excess from one side.

## Step 8: Repeat Step 3 to Step 6.

• Repeat Step 3 to Step 6 to make the bottom of the box.

You need to make two boxes for the air-powered vehicle project.