Sunday, April 1, 2012

Little Origami Box



Origami is so fascinating to me.  The papers are beautiful, the process is soothing, the designs are remarkable.  I bought a little pack of origami paper while we were traveling and found instructions for a simple little box.  I made two.  Mabel and Stella love them.  They like to fill them with animal crackers.  

These are the instructions included with the pack of paper.  In this case a picture really is worth a thousand words.  That's part of what I like about origami instructions.  It's all in the diagram.
Begin with a square piece of paper.  Locate center by folding in half and in half again.  Unfold.  Fold corners down to center point of square.

Fold sides in to meet center point of square.
Fold top and bottom in to meet center point of square.
Unfold everything except for two side corners.
Fold sides in to meet center point of square.
Change the direction of the folds near the top corner so the folds point inward and the sides stand up.
Wrap the top corner over the folds.  Repeat the last two steps on the bottom corner.
Ta-da!
If the flaps on the bottom of the box don't stay down, just add a little smear of glue-stick underneath them.  Technically, it's a little inappropriate for true origami, but it keeps out the animal cracker crumbs.

6 comments:

  1. So cute--and wonderful visual directions!

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  2. Wouldn't that be cute to make out of a napkin while you're out to eat and leave your tip in it. I don't know, just a thought that came to my mind. Where did you find your paper, it's so pretty. I will be making these, I know Sarah will find many uses. Very cool find.

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    1. What a great idea! I bought my paper when we visited Japan in the "countries" part of Epcot at Disneyworld. I saw it on Amazon too: http://www.amazon.com/grimmhobby-Chiyogami-Origami-Kit/dp/B0042QQCH8/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt

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  3. Daniel, Andrew, and Sarah just made their own boxes. They had so much fun watching it come together. Their eyes lit up as soon as they saw that first fold come over to make the edge of the box stand up!!!

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    1. Oh Yay!!! You should post pictures!

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  4. ok I want to try making a super huge one with moms roll of card stock that she used on her cutting table.

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