Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

Although this box or pencil holder looks similar to the box by Guiceppe Baggi, MDL0061, there are some differences and additions/variations as explained in the Description below.

It is likely that this design may also be found under different titles on various sites elsewhere on the Internet with some minor variation on folding methods and sequences.

For instructions with pictures, see, for example,

* https://www.gatheringbeauty.com/blog//2016/06/diy-origami-box-pen-holder.html

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

Folding level: Intermediate

Steps: Variation 1 - 15; Variation 2 - 16; Variation 3 - 14.

Description: Although variation 1 of this pencil pot will look exactly like the Baggi Box, if folded from a rectangle and started in portrait orientation, the initial steps for these two boxes differ slightly.

The original pencil pot (Variation 1) is an open, cube-shaped box that is very sturdy, especially if folded from thin cardstock or construction paper.

The back and front of the model is smooth while there are prominent triangles on the sides.

Variation 2 is the Pencil Pot with Lowered Front, which will make a box with a low front panel while the back remains unchanged.

This will allow for longer stationery items to be stored at the back and shorter items in the front. This model also has an interesting double triangle motif on the sides.

Variation 3 is similar in structure to the original pencil pot, but instead of the prominent side triangles, all sides of this model are smooth, giving it a different appearance to the original model.

More variations are possible using the first few steps of this box as a starting point, but the folding method for them differs quite a lot from the ones covered here, so will likely be added in a separate, future post.

Remarks:

These boxes are great for organizational purposes. You can fold the original pencil pot and all or any of the variations and place them side by side. They will be a similar size but will look different, especially from the front.

Start with your paper color-side down.

*VARIATION 1 - ORIGINAL PENCIL POT

Step 1

Place your rectangle down in landscape orientation, short edges left and right.-

Step 2

Fold the left edge over to meet the right and crease. Then unfold.

Step 3

Now fold both edges to meet at the vertical center.

Crease and unfold all the way. You will have 3 vertical crease lines dividing your rectangle into 4 panels.

Step 4

Fold the paper in half again, like you did in Step 2. However, lay it down so the closed edge is now on the right.

You will have a two-layered rectangle with the open edges on the left, top and bottom.

There will also be a line running from top to bottom at the center of your folded paper.

Step 5

Next, fold the right top and bottom corners inwards to meet the center line just mentioned. Leave folded.

These folded triangles will be 4 layers thick.

Step 6

Now, fold over the bottom triangle as well as the square next to it to make a horizontal crease.

Unfold.

Repeat with the top triangle and square, folding them down and making another horizontal crease.

Unfold again.

When making the above folds, crease strongly, across the entire model, since these creases will form the sides of your box.

Step 7

Next, turn your paper clockwise or to the right, so the vertical center line is now horizontal, running from left to right. The closed side that was previously on the right should now be nearest you.

Step 8

Notice that the top edge of the model is comprised of two layers of paper.

Fold the left and right top corners, the top layer of paper only, down to meet the center horizontal crease.

Crease well and leave folded.

Your model will have 4 folded corners now, with one layer of paper remaining unfolded at the two top corners.

Step 9

Bring the top edge, the top layer only down over the corners to have a boat shape at the bottom and an unfolded rectangle at the top.

Step 10

Find the large pocket at the center of the model and pull it a little up and towards you. The back and sides of your box will start to form as you bring the paper into an upright position.

Press the sides inwards along the fold lines you have created and recrease the left and right folds that will hold up the back and sides of the box.

Step 11

Orient the box so its side is nearest you. The side already folded should be on the right and the single-layered side that will still be flat on the table, should be on the left.

Step 12

There will be a folded part to the right, this is the back and sides of the box and an unfolded piece of paper sticking out on the left.

Looking at the unfolded paper on the left, on the side nearest you, you will notice a crease that lies directly on the folding surface and another crease joining the first at a 90 degree angle.

You will unite these two creases or folds, bringing the last side of the box in an upright position with a large flap sticking out towards you.

You are aiming to form a triangular wing that should be sticking out on the side of the box.

Crease from the join at the bottom corner outwards to make a triangle with edges that meet perfectly, ending in a nice, sharp point.

Step 13

Lastly, take the flap you have just created and press it towards the right tucking it under the flap on the side of the box.

It should slot in securely. Press it in all the way.

Step 14

Now turn the model 180 degrees in order to repeat the last steps on the other side.

The unfolded corner will now be on your right, so you will perform the folds in the opposite direction.

Step 15

Gently recrease the folds if necessary. Your pencil pot is done.

*VARIATION 2 - PENCIL POT WITH LOWERED FRONT

The method for folding this pencil pot is exactly the same as Variation 1 above, except that for this model, the front panel is folded in half.

Follow Steps 1 to 9 for the Original Pencil Pot above.

Step 10

Fold the entire rectangle at the top of the model downwards in half to meet the horizontal center crease. Leave folded.

Step 11

Find the large pocket at the center of the model and pull it a little up and towards you. The back and sides of your box will start to form as you bring the paper into an upright position.

Press the sides inwards along the fold lines you have created and recrease the left and right folds that will hold up the back and sides of the box.

Step 12

Orient the box so its side is nearest you. The side already folded should be on the right and the single-layered side that will still be flat on the table, should be on the left.

Step 13

There will be a folded part to the right, this is the back and sides of the box and a two-layered folded edge sticking out on the left.

Looking at the unfolded paper on the left, on the side nearest you, you will notice a short crease that lies directly on the folding surface and another longer crease joining the first at a 90 degree angle.

You will unite these two creases or folds, bringing the last side of the box in an upright position with a large flap sticking out towards you.

You are aiming to form a wing that should be sticking out on the side of the box.

The wing will be divided into a triangle at the bottom and a square just above it.

Crease from the join at the bottom corner outwards to make a nice triangle with edges that meet perfectly, and a two-layered square will form just above the triangle.

Step 14

Lastly, take the flap you have just created and press it towards the right tucking it under the flap on the side of the box.

The top, square part of the flap should slot in securely. Press it in all the way.

Step 15

Now turn the model 180 degrees in order to repeat the last steps on the other side.

The unfolded corner will now be on your right, so you will perform the folds in the opposite direction.

Step 16

Gently recrease the folds if necessary. Your pencil pot is done.

*VARIATION 3 - PENCIL POT WITH SMOOTH SIDES

The method for folding this pencil pot is exactly the same as Variation 1 above, except that for this model, the side corners are omitted. So, all sides of the box will be smooth.

Follow Steps 1 to 7 for the Original Pencil Pot above.

Step 8

Notice that the top edge of the model is comprised of two layers of paper.

Fold the top edge, top layer of paper only, down to meet the bottom edge. Crease well and leave folded.

Your model will have 2 folded bottom corners now, with one unfolded single-layered rectangle covering them and another single layered unfolded rectangle at the top.

Step 9

Find the large pocket at the center of the model and pull it a little up and towards you. The back and sides of your box will start to form as you bring the paper into an upright position.

Press the sides inwards along the fold lines you have created and recrease the left and right folds that will hold up the back and sides of the box.

Step 10

Orient the box so its side is nearest you. The side already folded should be on the right and the single-layered side that will still be flat on the table, should be on the left.

Step 11

There will be a folded part to the right, this is the back and sides of the box and an unfolded piece of paper sticking out on the left.

Looking at the unfolded paper on the left, on the side nearest you, you will notice a crease that lies directly on the folding surface and another crease joining the first at a 90 degree angle.

You will unite these two creases or folds, bringing the last side of the box in an upright position with a large flap sticking out towards you.

You are aiming to form a triangular wing that should be sticking out on the side of the box.

Crease from the join at the bottom corner outwards to make a triangle with edges that meet perfectly, ending in a nice, sharp point.

Step 12

Lastly, take the flap you have just created and press it towards the right tucking it under the large, square flap on the side of the box.

It should slot in securely. Press it in all the way.

Step 13

Now turn the model 180 degrees in order to repeat the last steps on the other side.

The unfolded corner will now be on your right, so you will perform the folds in the opposite direction.

recrease the folds if necessary. Your pencil pot is done.

Step 14

Gently recrease the folds if necessary. Your pencil pot with smooth sides is done.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, October 2021

Revised, June 2023

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