Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

This is likely to be a traditional model.

The name of this model denotes the fact that it can be used as a container on its own, while it is also a good choice   for folding a cover for other boxes or containers.

For instructions with pictures, see, for example,

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

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 19

Description:  This is a square box with fairly high sides. It has two sides that will either have down-pointing triangles or they will be smooth, depending on what you do in Step 18. The remaining two sides will be made up of 2 triangles with their points touching and a third that will seem to be hanging down.

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


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

Thus, it makes a good project for children wanting to fold their first box or 3D origami figure.

It is less secure than many other boxes, though.

It will hold its shape as long as it is not filled with heavy objects. 

It is also a good choice for covering other containers like glass jars, plastic potplant holders or for covering boxes that have been recycled, allowing you to save costs and match your color scheme when decorating or holding a party.

It is perfectly fine to use tape, glue or some pretty stickers on the folded flaps on the side of the box in order to make it more durable.

Another option is to pair this box with another shallow box or tray in similar colors. The height of this model will look good with a slightly wider, shallow dish. 

You can also make a lid for this box to use it as a gift box.

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 down 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 left and right points of the diamond shape inwards to meet at the vertical center line. Crease well and leave folded.

Step 10

Now fold the bottom point up just to where the left and right folded points meet. Crease and unfold.

Step 11

Flip the model over and repeat Steps 9 and 10 on the other side.

Make sure that the points meet each other exactly at the center, that the sides of the model are straight and that it is the same on back and front.

Step 12

Fold the top point, top layer only, down as far as it will go. It will reach the point where the left and right triangles meet. Crease and leave folded.

Step 13

Flip the model over and repeat on the other side.

Step 14

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

Step 15

Fold the top point down as far as it will go. Crease and leave folded.

Step 16

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

Step 17

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

Step 18

The 2 down-pointing triangles on 2 of the sides of the box can be left as is, or they can be folded over to lie on the inside of the box.

Step 19

For the sake of durability, and if preferred, glue down the 3 triangles that come together on the remaining two sides of the box.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, November 2021

Revised, March 2023