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Learn How to Fold and Origami Masu Box
The origami Masu box is a traditional Japanese origami model and among the simplest models to fold. We would have to say this is one of my favorite origami models too as the result turns out well even if you are a beginner or if you don't fold precisely, your box will most likely turn out really nicely!
The best thing about this box is that it needs no glue, scissors or any other tools, just square paper.
If you would like to make a matching lid, simply make 2 boxes, the one for the lid should be 0.5 cm* smaller, for example, if you start with paper that is 20 x 20 cm, use 2 sheets and cut 0.5 cm off of the top and right edge, resulting in a sheet that is 19.5 x 19.5 cm.
Being so simple, it's the perfect box to add other origami models to decorate the lid. Suggested decorations to add are one of these origami bows, butterflies, and lotus flowers.
*If you are using thicker paper or very thin origami paper, you may need to experiment with this.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Origami Masu Box: Step 1
Starting with a square piece of paper, fold it diagonally both ways and unfold.
If you are a complete beginner, it may be helpful to also fold top to bottom, and left to right.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Origami Masu Box: Step 2
You should now have two diagonal creases as shown.
Next, fold all 4 corners into the center.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Origami Masu Box: Step 3
You should now have a smaller square as shown.
Fold the top and bottom edges to the center and then unfold.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Origami Masu Box: Step 4
Fold the left and right edges to the center and unfold.
Unfold the left and right flaps completely as shown in number 10.
Fold the top and bottom edges back into the center.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Origami Masu Box: Step 5
Whilst holding the bottom flap open, locate the square that is indicated.
With your other hand, hold onto the right flap and bring it upwards creating the crease that is shown.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Origami Masu Box: Step 6
Look at the other side of the crease and make sure it is flat as shown.
Repeat this process on the top right, left and bottom left edges.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Origami Masu Box: Step 7
You can now bring the left and right flaps inwards and inside to complete the box.
Straighten out the sides of your box and align the flaps inside for a neat and tidy look.
We have created a video tutorial which you can watch here.
What to fold next? - Learn how to make a shallow origami masu box and lid, here.