Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

This model was folded by me without any external reference or resource. It is likely to be a traditional model, though.

If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.

Paper to be used: Rectangular, any size; thicker paper or thin cardstock is recommended.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 10

Description: This is a long, thin box with sides that are half the width of the top and base. It has a sliding top that holds it securely closed. The box does not have folded corners as such, but the two open, short sides are made up of various layers of paper that form a closure by being pressed together on the inside of the model.

So, the short sides of this box will not have neat, defined angles, but won't be seen from the outside of the finished model and is part of the design.

This box is great as a gift box for any occasion, especially for enclosing flat, small items securely.

If preferred, add a small sticker or a dab of glue to the short sides in order to close them securely.

When considering the size of the box and its contents, keep in mind that the 'unfolded' short sides will take up some space on the inside of the box.

Step 1

Starting with your rectangular paper color-side down, place it in landscape orientation, or with the short edges left and right.

Step 2

Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge to form a horizontal center crease line.

Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Fold both the top and bottom edges in to meet at the horizontal crease line you have just created.

Crease well and unfold.

You will have three valley crease lines across your paper now.

Step 4

Fold the top edge down to meet the first crease from the bottom.

Crease well and unfold.

Step 5

Then fold the bottom edge up to meet the first crease from the top.

Crease and unfold again.

You will have five valley crease lines across your paper now.

Step 6

Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 7

Fold both edges in to meet each other on the vertical center crease. Keep folded.

Step 8

Now fold the edges that are lying along the center vertical crease back again, so they reach the left and right sides of the paper.

Crease well and leave folded.

You should now have a rectangle with a center vertical crease and two folded "bands" (each being three layers of paper) at the left and right sides of the model.

Step 9

Keeping the bands folded, gently bring the top and bottom edges together, tucking all 3 layers of the bottom edge into the large pocket formed by the top edge.

You will be using the horizontal valley folds you have made in previous steps to help you with this move.

Once you have pushed the bottom part of the box all the way into the top pocket, you should be left with a flat rectangular box shape that is securely closed along its long sides. 

Step 10

All folds have been done. All that remains is to close the short sides of the box by pinching the inner layers of paper together.

To do this, you have to place your fingers on each short side, just inside the box. You will feel 2 layers of paper that seem a little squished together.

Place your fingers between the outer and inner layers of the box so the inner layers are between your thumb and forefinger. 

Now press the layers together, moving along the entire short sides of the box.

The gaps or holes will disappear as the layers of paper join each other along the entire inside short edge of the box.

Some small openings might remain, but when you touch the outside short sides of the box the inner layers of paper should have come together on the insides of the box.

You will know you have folded this box correctly if you can place 2 or 3 fingers into the concave spaces that should have formed on both sides of the layers you have pinched together.

If you would like to fill the box with something special, place it at the center of the model after finishing Step 8 above. Then continue with the last two steps, securing your gift inside your Wrap-Around Box.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, November 2018

Revised: April 2023, with thankful acknowledgement to Claire Ozel, Ankara, Turkey