Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

This is a traditional model.

Instructions with supporting pictures and/or illustrations can be found here at

Slight adaptations were made so as to make the instructions easier to follow and the model easier to fold without sight.

Paper to be used: Square, any size; thicker paper or thin cardstock is recommended for this box.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 20

Description:  This is a square box with fairly high sides. It has a narrow rim around its top, which also makes it very sturdy by enclosing all the sides.

If folded from two-sided paper, both sides will show in the finished model.

The rim and the inside of the box will be one color while the outside will be another.


It is perfect to use for all occasions and it is fairly easy to fold.

Even though there are many steps, they are all fairly easy to complete and to memorize.

NOTE:  This model starts from the preliminary or square base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 9.

"Step 1 

Place a square piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface so that it forms a diamond shape.

Step 2

Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.

Step 3 

Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.

Step 4 

Turn the square over and position it so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.

Step 5 

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

Step 6 

Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.

Step 7

Grasp the left and right points of the resulting rectangle and pick it up off of the folding  surface. Push inward. The model should collapse along the pre-existing folds.

The result will be a square or diamond-shaped model, with four flaps one each to the left and right, front and back.

Step 8 

Fold the front flap to the left and fold the back flap to the right so that your model will lie flat. The model will have one open end, which should be facing away from you."

Step 9

Fold the top point, top layer only, down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold.

Step 10

Fold the same top point down again, but this time bring it down to meet the center horizontal crease you made in the previous step.

Crease and leave folded.

Step 11

Fold the new top edge in half and then down over itself to form a fairly narrow rim or band at the horizontal center of the paper.

Crease very well and leave folded.

Step 12

Flip the model over and repeat steps 9 to 11 on the other side.

Make sure that the rim is straight and that it is the same on both sides.

Step 13

Flip the flap on the right over to the left, turning it like the page in a book.

Step 14

Fold the left and right points inwards to meet at the vertical center line. Crease well and leave folded.

Step 15

Flip the model over and Repeat the previous two steps on this side as well.

Step 16

Repeat Steps 9 to 11 to create a rim or band as you did before.

This will form the third side of your box.

Step 17

Repeat the previous step on the other side to complete the fourth side of the box.

Step 18

Fold the bottom point up to the top edge and unfold.

Step 19

Flip the model over and repeat on the other side.

The bottom of your box has now been formed.

Step 20

Gently open the box by pulling apart the sides and press the bottom flat.

Your sturdy square box is ready for use.

If preferred, use a dab of glue to secure the two loose flaps that will be on opposite sides of the box. 

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, November 2021

Revised, March 2023