Tuesday Tutorials – Useful Origami Boxes

Ever just need a little box to hold something?  Odds and ends like paper clips, thumbtacks, pencils, loose change, and whatever else is floating around? Origami to the rescue!

These useful little boxes can be made in a variety of sizes to hold whatever you need.  With colorful or interesting paper you can use them to give gifts or hold candy for the holidays.

I’ve included a tutorial for a square box below (which I use for coins and paper clips and other office supplies), but if you want to make a rectangle one to hold stuff like pencils and pens, there is a great tutorial with printable instructions here.

Easy Origami Square Box

I also created a shortened printable version if you want to take the instructions with you.  Enjoy!

Step 1: Fold a Blintz Base. This is done by folding the square on both diagonals and then opening the square back up and folding each point to the center.

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Step 2: Open up the paper.

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Step 3: Fold in the 4 corners as indicated below.

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Step 4: We’re going to fold the 4 corners in once again.

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Step 5: FLIP paper over.

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Step 6: Rotate paper slightly so that you see a square. Now fold both the top and bottom halves to the center. Crease well and unfold.

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Step 7: Fold both the right and left sides to meet in the center.

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Step 8: Now bring the top flap over from the right to the left.

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Step 9: Fold the top and bottom right corners on the diagonal as shown below.

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Step 10: Now bring both flaps over from the left to the right.

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Step 11: Fold in the top and bottom left corners on the diagonal as shown below.

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Step 12: Now bring only the top flap over from the right to the left.

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Step 13: Here comes the fun part….shaping our origami box! Pry open the paper with your fingers.

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Straighten the sides and like magic, you have your easy origami box!

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You can find this and other fun origami patterns at origami-instructions.com.

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