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Origami Box Folding Instructions

The origami box is simple to make, and can be used to hold other origami pieces. Or important stuff, like candies. This origami box is also called Masu, which is Japanese for a square wooden box. Follow the step by step photos to make the origami box. If you prefer, we also have origami box video instructions.


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If you like this, you may also like the origami star box and origami pleated box.

If you want a box with a cover, check out the origami box with cover page.

Origami Box

Start with a square 6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) origami paper. 

Flip the sheet so that the colored side is face down.  Now make two mountain folds as shown.

origami paper ready to fold



mountain folds on N-S and E-W lines



Using the mountain fold lines as guides, fold the four corners of the paper into its center. 

Then fold the right edge and the left edge into the centerline.

four corners folded into center


left and right edges folded to center



Now fold the top edge down and the bottom edge up, as shown below. 

Then I'm going to ask you to undo the last two-and-a-half steps!

top and bottom edges folded to center



The unfolded paper should like the one below. 

Now put your finger behind point A and do a reverse fold as shown as shown in the next 3 photos. 

One side of the box will be formed as you do this.

Do the same for point B and the other side of the box.

finish unfolding


creating side of box


side of origami box



two sides of box done   




Now tuck in the flap as shown to form the third side of the box.

tucking in the flap       

three sides of box complete


Turn the box around and repeat the sequence of the last 5 photos.   You now have an origami box!

tucking in the other flap

origami box complete


Serving suggestion with your origami box(candies optional):


origami box with candies


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