Origami for Beginners - The Rectangular Box
This tutorial will show you how to make an origami box using only a sheet of paper. No other materials are required. Each step will be outlined and complete with a photograph to go along with the written directions.
Step 1: Lay a Piece of Paper on a Flat Surface
Simple enough, right? This tutorial covers how to make a box using rectangular paper. You can use square paper to make a box as well, but it is best to use a rectangle for this particular kind of box. This can be printer paper, scrapbook paper, construction paper, or anything you would like. Feel free to decorate the box after the project is complete. It is good for holding lightweight objects like paperclips, clothespins, stickers, and stamps.
Step 2: Fold the Paper Longways
Rotate the paper so the narrow side is towards you. Fold it in half once.
Step 3: Fold it Longways Again
Fold it longways again. At this point, the paper should be 1/4 as wide as it was originally. These folds are only used as guidelines.
Step 4: Open the Paper Up
Open the paper back up to reveal four evenly spaced rectangles. These will be used in the later steps.
Step 5: Fold the Paper in Half the Other Way
Now that you have folded it longways (hotdog style), fold it in half the other way (hamburger style).
Step 6: Unfold the Paper Again
Unfold the paper completely. You will see that you now have 8 equal rectangles.
Step 7: Fold the Outer Ends to the Center
Now here is where it starts getting tricky, but stay with me. Take the outer two ends of the paper and fold them into the crease you made into the center. The final product should look like this:
Step 8: Folding the Corners
For this step, it is best to turn the paper so that the long edge is facing you. Take the top left corner and fold it to the first crease. DON'T fold it all the way down to the middle. If you do that, then the box will not stay together once it is complete.
Once you have folded the top left corner, go ahead and fold the other four corners too.
Step 9: The Strips to Hold it Together
Remember when I said only fold to the first crease? This is why. You should have about a half-inch between the bottom of the fold and the middle. This strip is used to hold the box together. Take one of the strips from the middle and fold it up over the triangles you made in the previous step.
Once you have done this, go ahead and do the same for the bottom strip. The end result will look like a paper hamburger.
Step 10: Open the Box!
Now that you have made the paper hamburger, grab the insides of it and pull it open. You will see the four triangles you made in the earlier steps. These will be on the opposite sides of the box than the sides you pulled. Sometimes it is necessary to fold the corners. This gives the box a neater appearance.
Your final box should be complete! It makes a good paperclip holder and can be decorated however you like.