Create your own origami box, adapted from the traditional origami Masu box, that you can use to store postcards, envelopes, pencils, or as a gift box. All you need is one sheet of square paper to get started.
If you plan to use the box to hold heavier objects—such as jewelry—make it with thick paper or cardstock.
- 1 sheet 6x6-inch paper (approximately 15x15 centimeters)
Create a Central Point
Start with your paper white side up. Fold the paper in half diagonally both ways. Fold all of the four corners to the central point.
Make all your folds as clean as crisp as you can, as this will provide the best result for the finished box.
Create Creases in the Paper
Unfold the paper completely, and then fold the bottom corner up to meet the top crease where it intersects with the central crease. Unfold, and then do the same thing with the top corner.
Fold the Paper
Fold the bottom corner up to meet the crease that is the second down from the top. Next, fold the top corner down and align it with the crease as shown. Fold the left and right corners in, aligning them with the two big flaps.
Continue to Fold the Paper
Fold the right edge to the left, alleging with the top and bottom horizontal creases. Fold the left edge in. Unfold the left and right edges again.
Make Valley Creases
Fold the top and bottom creases up to create the box. Make a valley crease where shown. Do the same on the other three corners.
Finish the Box
Assemble the box by folding the flaps over and locking them into place.
Use a little bit of glue to make the box sturdier.