Friday, March 25, 2016

Decorative origami box


This project was a great fun! I completed it while my 16 months old took a nap.. I really enjoyed my 'me' time :D These origami boxes are extremely easy to make. You can do this project with your kids as well. It is useful and pretty at the same time!
All you need is one card stock paper of your favorite color and two decorative papers. I got these three papers from 'Michaels'. Each decorative paper cost me $0.59 and a cardstock paper for $0.75
So, total it costs $2 for 2 boxes.
Cardstock paper makes the box more durable. The multi layered decorative lid and multi layered base adds a real charm to this box :)
I am happy, as it is a pretty decent outcome for such less efforts, price and time. :)



Steps:

  • Begin with a sheet of cardstock paper. Cut it at a ratio of 2:3. The measurement of my sheet is 6 x 9 inches. 


  •  Divide your paper into three equal parts


  • Fold the first part



  • Divide the folded section into two equal parts. Bring the cut edge of folded section back out to the folded edge as shown below



  • Repeat with the opposite side. At this point your paper has three layers 



  • Open one of the folded sides over the other.



  • Bring the top corner down to meet the center fold line



  • Repeat with the bottom corner



  • Do the same with two folded corners



  • Return the cut edge to outer folded edge leaving all folded corners tucked inside 



  • Open the other folded side over the side with the tucked corners



  • Repeat the above steps to fold all the four corners 



  • Return the cut edge to outer folded edge leaving all folded corners tucked inside 




  • Finally, grasp the center of each of the inside folds. Gently pull up and out



  • Keep pulling these folds until they nearly lie flat



  • Crease the sides well



  • Unit will pop into a bowl shape



  • Next we need to make a decorative lid and base. Take measurements of the base of your box and transfer them onto a thick cardboard paper. I have used an empty diaper box to cut the lid


  • Lid consists of three layers. Bottom layer should be 1 inch longer and wider the the base of the box. Middle layer should be 1/8 inch smaller than the base of the box. Top layer is 1 inch square. Similarly, decorative base consists of two layers. Both the layers slightly longer than the base of bowl to make a visible decorative base at the bottom.




  • Cut the six squares as per measurements. To get smooth edges, sand the squares using sand paper.



  • Use decorative papers to cover all 6 squares



  •  Glue three layers together to form a lid. 



  • Similarly, glue 2 bottom layers together to form a base



  • Glue box on the base


  • Put the lid on. 



  • When you put the lid upside down on top of the box, middle layer of lid will rest inside the box to hold the lid in place.





Source: Book - 'Paper in three dimensions' by Diane Maurer-Mathison

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