Posts from the ‘Baskets and Boxes’ Category

Heart Box

Origami Heart Box Closed

Our wedding anniversary is near and I wanted to see if I could make something myself for my husband. I was browsing to see if there were heart boxes I could try out and came across this lovely box on Flickr!

The creator of the heart box is Natan Lopez. I understand that the diagram for the model will be published in the magazine ‘4 Esquinas’ but am not sure when it is to be published. But in the meanwhile, the diagram and CP have been kindly shared by Natan on his Flick! profile (links below).

Some points that I learnt after trying out the heart a few times:

  • For the base, I used a square that was slightly smaller than the one for the lid. I wasn’t able to make them fit together well when I used squares of the same size.
  • In Step 23 in the instructions, it is suggested that the corners be either folded or cut off. I suggest cutting them off; else there is a lot of folded paper which didn’t make the folding easy at all!
  • For the lid, in Step 25, adding one more valley fold around the box ensures that the base is slightly taller than the lid.

Origami Heart Box - Valentine

Origami Details:

Model: Heart Box

Creator: Natan Lopez

Creator’s Website: Origami Natan

Instructions Link: Flickr!

Instructions Link (CP): Flickr!

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Paper Size: 7 inches square for Lid and 6.75 inches square for Base

Four Star Box

Origami 4 Star Box

The Origami 4-star box is yet another model from Origami Tanteidan Vol 17. There are very few models from the Tanteidan that I can fold, given my inexperience. So I was quite delighted to find this beautiful model and even more pleased that I could fold it!

The box is a modular pattern, 4 modules for the lid and 4 for the base. The lid and base are folded in the same way except (1) the walls of the base are higher than the lid and (2) the spiral of the base is folded into the model so that it isn’t visible at the base.

I found the model interesting to fold in that, usual modular boxes are folded as 2D and in the final step they are converted into 3D. But in this one, the model no longer lies flat from the second step after the precreasing. And of course, the folding the spiral into the base wall was also something new.

Origami Details:

Model: Four Star Box

Creator: Toshikazu Kawasaki

Book: Origami Tanteidan Vol 17

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Number of units: 4 for lid and 4 for base

Paper Size: 5 inch square

Rose Box

Origami Rose Box

This beautiful and elegant box is shaped like a rose and is surprisingly easy to make! It is made from a single sheet of paper and can actually be reverse engineered quite easily. In fact, this is the first origami that I successfully reverse engineered.

I found it best to use double sided copy paper or thicker hand crafted paper. Heavier paper ensures that the shape is held well and it actually is more practical if the intension is to put something in the box.

Origami Details:

Model: Rose Box

Creator: Maria Sinayskaya

Creator’s Website: Go Origami!

Instructions Link: Go Origami!

Difficulty Level: Simple

Paper Size: 6 – 10 inch square

Origami Rose Box

Star Box

Origami Star Box with Stand

Here is a unique star box with little stands to balance on! It is a simple design to fold.

The fold in Step 2 determines the width of the opening. The closer that the fold is to the top, the smaller is the opening.

Origami Details:

Model: Star Box with Stand

Creator: Matthias Gurfeldt

Creator’s Website: Matthias Gurfeldt’s Website

Instructions Link: Matthias Gurfeldt’s Website

Difficulty Level: Simple

Paper Size: 6 inch square

Week 10 (Day 06): Bonsai Box

Origami Bonsai Box

The last of my boxes and vases for this week is the very popular Bonsai Box, created by Katrin Shumakov. As boxes go, this is a complex origami, one that I have always been scared of trying, thinking that it will be too complex for me.

Now that I didn’t have a choice, I tried it out and realised that it wasn’t as complex as I feared! The best part of the box is that, unlike the other boxes/vases from Oriland, this has a good, wide mouth, that makes it a very convenient box to hold little things that are always scattered around my house!

Origami Details:

Model: Bonsai Box

Creator: Katrin Shumakov

Creator’s Website: Oriland

Instructions Link: Oriland

Tutorial Link: Youtube

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Paper Size: 8 inch square

Origami Bonsai Vase - Side

Week 10 (Day 05): Vase

Origami Vase

Moving on to more complex Oriland boxes and vases, here is The Vase by Yurii Shumakov. This is a lot more complex to fold. Final assembly requires some tinkering with get all the folds settled in place 🙂

It is a very realistic looking vase and I loved folding this! I folded the first one in my office, when I didn’t have work to do and got a lot of appreciation for the vase.. And I am even more thrilled with my second try. It has come out quite well, I think 🙂

Origami Details:

Model: Vase

Creator: Yurii Shumakov

Creator’s Website: Oriland

Instructions Link: Oriland

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Paper Size: 8 inch square

Week 10 (Day 04): Star Vase

Origami Star Vase

Here is yet another unique vase by Yurii Shumakov. This one is a Star Vase. The initial folds are quite simple. It is the final part, where a 2D structure is turned into a 3D, that takes some patience and effort.

Origami Details:

Model: Star Vase

Creator: Yurii Shumakov

Creator’s Website: Oriland

Instructions Link: Oriland

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Paper Size: 8 inch square

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