The Guinness Box -- Sort of an Origami Box for St. Patrick's Day





Introduction: The Guinness Box -- Sort of an Origami Box for St. Patrick's Day

About: Oschene is Philip Chapman-Bell, a human resources drudge living in western Massachusetts. I probably should mention my deep and abiding enthusiasm for Open Source Origami. Clever catchphrase du jour: It is...

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This is a charming little box for St. Patrick's day -- when opened, it has a delightful reveal.

It is made from a scalloped octagon, a thoroughly impure medium for origami. (Most folders eschew anything that is not square. Some of the broader-minded origamistas will allow for the use of convex polygons. No one will sanction this shape.) A piece of letter paper will yield a box 2¼ inches (5.71cm) wide. Here, I've blown up the model at a local print shop,so it looks a little bigger.

Step 1: Grab the File

Here you are, a nice PDF of the Guinness Box model. As you can see, the shape is that of a scalloped octagon. Print this and then cut it out -- extra points for accuracy, here. Cutting around the scallops can be persnickety.

Also included here, for your edification and maybe pleasure, is a PDF of the model without all the artwork. This is CC stuff -- feel free to whup up your own boxes.

Step 2: Precreasing

There are several conventions for the representation of mountain and valley folds. Here, the mountains are solid black lines and the valley folds are solid magenta lines. The gray ghost lines are for reference only and may be safely ignored. Fold accordingly.

If you're not sure about the distinction between mountain and valley, try here.

Step 3: Collapsing

This is how it looks as you begin to collapse the model. The scallops will begin to stack up on top of each other.

Step 4: Locking

This is the cool bit -- the top of this box is slightly wider than the base. Put your finger in the center and push -- gently, now -- straight down. There will be a noticeable popping sensation as the model locks shut.

Step 5: The Finished Guinness Box

To open, grab opposite scallops and twist a little. The top will pop back open and you can open the box for the delighted audience and say, Is fearrde thú guinness! (Guinness is good for you!)

In the interest of full disclosure, I will point out that I have no connection to Guinness or the St. James Gate Brewery and that these graphics were lovingly liberated from Wikipedia. Their appearance here is consistent with fair use and if you disagree with me on this point and want me to even pretend to listen to your argument, you'll have to buy me a beer,

O'Hara's from Carlow is superior stout, anyway -- Slainte, baby.



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    19 Discussions

    this step is very hard still not getting it

    oh lovely origami for san patrick's day!! i'm gonna do it for my boy friend who loves guinnes so much! thank you! kiss from italy

    Pretty nifty. Tell me though, what are the final product's dimensions? It certainly looks like it might hold an engagement ring. Could be real impressive without the "Guinness." Or maybe for the right girl that part would be the best part. I see green shamrocks and red hearts and oh, no! Christmas! Cheers!

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    *cough*<br/><br/>It's just about as big as the description indicates. And it scales, if you're pinched for space.<br/><br/>There is a nice Valentine's version developed by my friend, Mélisande* called Chagrin d'Amour. <br/><br/>You can download a crease pattern <a href="">here</a>.<br/>



    Since you apparently think you answered my question, I printed out the pdf with the beer commercial on it and folded it together myself.

    Readers, the "box" part is about one inch (1" or 2.5cm) in height and about one and seven eights inches (1 7/8" or 4.7cm) in diameter at the bottom. The top is indeed wider at about two and one half inches (2 1/5" or 6.5cm) in diameter. It is indeed a perfect little "box" for tiny presents.

    Since all I was trying to do was figure out the dimensions of the "box," I did not diligently crease my folds as accurately as possible. This messed up the shamrock image. I suggest you use the pdf without the preprinted shamrock then be very careful about your folds. That, or use paint or markers to draw an image on top after folding the "box" together.

    You are, of course, entirely right. You are under no obligation to read the description of the model. Pointless, really, even writing such things. This conversation is over.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I will point out that nowhere in your current description do you say that the height of the "box" is one inch. Rather than beg you for answer, I just figured it out for myself and posted the information. Actually, I saved you time and effort. You should be thanking me. You're welcome. The conversation is over, indeed. Silly oschene.

    Great job, and just in time for the holidays! :P Nice job, it looks very easy to do, and an awesome little thing!