How to Make an Origami Masu Square Box

  • 01 of 05

    Origami Square Box Instructions

    Origami Square Box Instructions
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    Here's a simple variation of the traditional origami masu box. There is something chic about slim, shallow gift boxes, and it looks nice if you decorate the lid too, perhaps with an origami bow, lotus flower or a simple ribbon?

    To make a lid, start with slightly smaller paper, or you can fold a bit less in step four.

    For this simple origami box, all you need is one square sheet of origami paper, and you can use any size—it looks excellent with patterned washi paper, or simple one colored paper.

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  • 02 of 05

    Getting Started

    Origami Square Box Instructions
    The Spruce / Chrissy Pk
    1. Start by folding your paper in half both ways, then flip the paper over and fold in half diagonally both ways, and you will end up with the folds in the correct placement.
    2. Fold the bottom corner into the center.
    3. Fold the other 3 corners into the center as well.
    4. Fold the bottom edge up a bit, mine roughly a third way up to the center.
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  • 03 of 05

    Rotate the Paper and Keep Folding

    Origami Square Box Instructions
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    1. Unfold the last fold, letting the flap underneath flip backward.
    2. Rotate the paper to the right. The next fold will be where the line is.
    3. Fold the bottom edge up to meet the diagonal edge of the right flap as indicated.
    4. Here is a closeup to better explain the alignment.
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  • 04 of 05

    Continue Folding

    Origami Square Box Instructions
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    1. Keep rotating the paper to the right and do the same with the other edges.
    2. Unfold the left and right flaps.
    3. Fold the top and bottom edges up to assemble the box.
    4. Close the box the same way as a Masu box, by pushing in where shown.
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  • 05 of 05

    Finishing Up

    Origami Square Box Instructions
    The Spruce / Chrissy Pk
    1. Fold the flap over and inside the box.
    2. Straighten the box to keep it in place.
    3. Do the same with the other side.
    4. Straighten out the box!

    Now you have a cute masu box that's perfect for little gifts. If you mastered this tutorial with ease, you can also make a masu box lid.