Variation of the Masu Box Lid

  • 01 of 06

    A Variation on the Original

    An origami masu box
    Chrissy Pk

    Here is the second variation of the traditional origami masu box, folded the same way as the first variation, but folded more to leave an even bigger space at the top. These variations are inspired by the way that the origami lotus flower is folded.

    You will need one sheet of paper for this lid. The project in the images was made from a 20 x 20 cm paper.

    Also in order to make a box that this lid fits onto, start with paper that is 13.5 x 13.5 cm. 

    If you'd like to start with different-sized paper, you can work out what size you need for the base by dividing the size you start the lid by 1.42.

    Continue to 2 of 6 below.
  • 02 of 06

    The First Folds

    Directions for making the first folds
    Chrissy Pk

    Start white side up. This side will be the color that's on the top.

    1. Fold the paper in half top to bottom and right to left.

    2. Fold the four corners into the center.

    3. This is what you should have.

    4. Flip the paper to the other side.

    Continue to 3 of 6 below.
  • 03 of 06

    Folding Smaller

    Directions for the next set of folds
    Chrissy Pk

    5. Fold all four corners to the center.

    6. This is what you should have.

    7. Fold the top and bottom edges to the center and unfold.

    8. Fold the left and right edges to the center and unfold.

    Continue to 4 of 6 below.
  • 04 of 06

    Unfold to Fold Again

    Illustrated steps to unfold the lid
    Chrissy Pk

    9. Unfold the whole thing to the side you started with.

    10. Fold all four corners in as shown.

    11. This is what you should have now.

    12. Fold all four corners in again as shown.

    Continue to 5 of 6 below.
  • 05 of 06

    Refold on Other Side

    Refolding of the lid
    Chrissy Pk

    13. Flip the paper over.

    14. Fold the top and bottom corners into the middle.

    15. Fold the top and bottom edges to the middle.

    16. Assemble the box by lifting the right edge and bending the top layer as shown.

    Continue to 6 of 6 below.
  • 06 of 06

    Completing the Lid

    Completing the lid
    Chrissy Pk

    17. Fold the right layer over and inside the box.

    18. Do the same on the left side.

    19. Straighten out the box.

    20. The box is complete.