Make an Origami Box

origami rectangular box instructions
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Overview
  • Yield: 1 origami box
  • Skill Level: Beginner

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.

origami rectangular box instructions
Chrissy Pk

Tip

If you plan to use the box to hold heavier objects—such as jewelry—make it with thick paper or cardstock.

What You'll Need

Materials

  • 1 sheet 6x6-inch paper (approximately 15x15 centimeters)

Instructions

  1. 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.

    Tip

    Make all your folds as clean as crisp as you can, as this will provide the best result for the finished box.

    origami rectangular box instructions
    Chrissy Pk
  2. 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.

    origami rectangular box instructions
    Chrissy Pk
  3. 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.

    origami rectangular box instructions
    Chrissy Pk
  4. 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.

    origami rectangular box instructions
    Chrissy Pk
  5. 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.

    origami rectangular box instructions
    Chrissy Pk
  6. Finish the Box

    Assemble the box by folding the flaps over and locking them into place.

    Tip

    Use a little bit of glue to make the box sturdier.

    origami rectangular box instructions
    Chrissy Pk