Origami Box With Interlocking Flaps

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Here I will show how to make a box that can be closed just like a cardboard box. That's like a box and lid all from one piece of paper, pretty efficient if you ask me! Because this box can be closed, it makes a great container for holding stuff you don't want falling out or as creative wrapping for small gift.

Some of the fold are difficult to photograph and explain so I tried to show multiple angles. There are also photo comments that may be helpful. 

If you're successful in making this box, please post the picture in the comments below, yay! 

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Step 1:

The first thing to do is to make a bunch of crease lines to use later.

-fold a cross into the paper then unfold

-fold an x into the paper then unfold

-fold the corners into the middle then unfold

-fold each corner to meet the fold opposite it that was made in the last step then unfold

Step 2:

The box will now begin to take shape as the sides are brought up. 

-bring in the v-shape as shown in the first two pictures

-fold the flap and part of the v-shape away to help keep it together

-continue the same steps on the other sides until you get the shape in the last two pictures

Step 3:

The box is now boxy and all that's left to do is to finish the flaps. 

-fold the left side of the flap to meet what was part of the v-shape from earlier

-fold the flaps back and forth a few times to help the box keep its shape

Done! To close the box simply put one flap down at a time and tuck the last on over, just like you would a cardboard box.

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the_javabean

5 years ago

got it, but oh that final step!

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Raul53

5 years ago

Awesome

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Bungoy601

6 years ago

I voted for you all contests :)

BTW I already made this you know?

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acosme1

6 years ago

I got stuck at the picture 19

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jcleere

6 years ago

Look what I maaaade!!! On the bus with my time table! Thank you for the instructable!!!!!

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Yaaaay! That's awesome, I was afraid no one would be able to follow what I was trying to show but that looks great! Thanks for sharing :D