Ma Mama always said, life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get
For Day 15 of World Origami Days 2015, I have made a traditional fancy origami box. This is a very simple traditional model, and another one that is good to make with children. It takes about five minutes to make, but actually looks like it takes a lot longer!
One of the widest fields of origami design is boxes. There are hundreds of them! This is partly due to the work of Tomoko Fuse, who has written numerous books on origami boxes. (You might enjoy this one.) Her designs tend to be modular (using more than one piece of paper), and decorated with strong geometric patterns. For an example of a Tomoko fuse box, see my post Solve those present-wrapping blues with an origami box.
I like reviving older origami models that have fallen out of favour, so although there is a wide variety of origami boxes out there, this Decorative Box doesn’t seem to get the recognition it deserves. This is a traditional design that goes by several names. I’ve seen it called several things, including ‘Traditional Box’, ‘Decorative Box, ‘Fancy Box’, or even ‘Spanish Box’! Whatever it’s called, it’s quite a striking little design and would be ideal for things like loose change, or rings.
Folding the Decorative Origami Box
Like all traditional designs, this is very simple to fold. It’s basically a blintz base folded on both sides of the paper and opened up. It is suitable for beginners and would make a good activity for children. Any square piece of paper will do, but origami paper that is different colours on each side is recommended. (Order more origami paper here.) A 15cm x 15cm (6in x 6in) sheet will produce a Decorative Box that is 8.5cm x 8.5cm (3.5in x 3.5in) and 4cm (1.5in) tall.
Intructions for Folding the Fancy Origami Box
I created this video to show how to fold a fancy origami box. You can also follow the diagrams below.
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