Origami Star Box Tutorial

  • 01 of 06

    Making a Traditional Origami Star Box

    Completed origami star box
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    This pretty box is great for presenting snacks or keeping trinkets and jewelry in. This box looks quite festive—at Christmas, you could display nuts or chocolates; at Easter you could put mini easter eggs into it. But this box is pretty all year round.

    All you need is one piece of square paper—we used 20 x 20 cm solid colored paper. This origami model is a traditional Japanese design and would be suitable for beginners that have already learned a few basic models like the origami masu box.

    This box starts with an origami square base, so you might like to learn the 12 origami base folds.

    Continue to 2 of 6 below.
  • 02 of 06

    Make the Square Base

    Making the square base
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    Start off by making an origami square base.

    • Starting white side up, fold the paper in half left to right and up to down.
    • Flip the paper over.
    • Fold the paper diagonally in half both ways.
    • Now you can pick the paper up, folding in half and pushing the diagonal folds into the center.
    Continue to 3 of 6 below.
  • 03 of 06

    Fold the Edges to the Middle

    Folding to the Middle
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    • Starting with your square base upside down, so that the flaps are at the top.
    • Fold the right edge to the middle crease.
    • Repeat on the left.
    Continue to 4 of 6 below.
  • 04 of 06

    Continue Folding

    Folding the paper
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    • Open out the right flap that you just folded, and flatten as shown in 9.
    • Repeat on the left.
    • Fold the right side of the flattened flap behind.
    • Repeat on the left side.
    • Now repeat that process on the other side of the model.
    Continue to 5 of 6 below.
  • 05 of 06

    Fold Into a Triangle

    Forming a Triangle
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    • You should now have this.
    • Fold the bottom point up.
    • Unfold the previous fold.
    • Fold one layer down.
    • Repeat the last step on the other 3 sides.
    Continue to 6 of 6 below.
  • 06 of 06

    Finish the Box

    Completing the box
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    • You should have this.
    • Carefully open out the box by pulling the flaps.
    • Push the bottom up and straighten out the bottom edges.

     You should now have a pretty origami star box!

    Don't worry if you had a bit of trouble, try again and remember it takes practice to get it right.