Designer/Creator: Nishi Sakpal, Mumbai, India and Lindy van der Merwe, Cape Town, South Africa
This box with lid was derived from the rectangular lid for the Two-Compartment Box (MDL0071 - ORIGAMI - TWO-COMPARTMENT BOX WITH SEPARATE LID (FROM 2 RECTANGLES)).
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Paper to be used: Rectangular, 2 sheets of a similar size that is cut or torn into 2 squares and 2 remaining smaller rectangles; thicker paper or thin cardstock is strongly recommended.
Folding level: Beginner/Intermediate
Steps: 13 for the box; 13 for the lid; 10 for the decorative ribbon.
This box is an open, fairly shallow, square box. Use the box as is or close it with the lid and add the ribbons for an extra special occasion.
It makes a nice gift box for any occasion, especially for items that are flat, or use it to keep things neat around your home or office.
PART A: THE BOX
If you are using two-tone paper, place your square with the color-side down, with the edges at the left and right, top and bottom.
Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge.
Crease and unfold.
Fold both the left and right edges in to meet at the vertical crease line you have just created.
Crease and unfold.
Fold the left and right edges in once again, to meet the first crease line you encounter from each edge.
Crease well and leave folded.
Result: You will have 2 thin, flat, vertical bands on the left and right sides of the square.
Now, fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge.
Crease and unfold.
Fold in the top and bottom edges to meet the center horizontal crease.
Crease and unfold.
It is now time to start forming the box into a 3D shape.
Form the first corner on the left side, nearest you by bringing the entire thin band on the left into an upright position. This edge will have 2 layers.
Now, guide the paper, both layers, away from you until it meets the first horizontal crease you encounter, while forming a flat triangle nearest you.
When the first horizontal crease is reached, pinch the left corner so it will stay in place at a 90 degree angle.
You should now have the left edge and half of the edge nearest you in place with a flat triangle formed on the folding surface nearest you.
Form the second corner on the right side, by bringing the entire thin band on the right of the model in an upright position. This edge will have 2 layers.
Now, guide the paper, both layers, away from you until it meets the first horizontal crease you encounter, while forming another flat triangle nearest you.
When the first horizontal crease is reached, pinch the right corner so it will stay in place at a 90 degree angle.
You should now have three sides of the box formed.
The edge nearest you will be made up of two separate rectangles almost touching at the center of the square.
Flat on the table, will be two triangular flaps that will soon be folded to serve to lock the side of the box in place.
Turn your model 180 degrees and repeat Steps 7 and 8 on this side, forming the third and fourth corners and part of the last side of the box.
Next, focus on the triangular flap nearest you, that is lying flat on the table.
This fairly large triangle should be folded away from you so it rests against the side of the box nearest you.
It will point towards the ceiling and will be higher than the side of the box.
Make a strong crease along the bottom edge of the model to secure the triangular fold against the side panel of the box.
Next, fold the part of the triangular shape that is sticking out above the side of the box down, away from you, so it folds over the side you have just formed.
Press the paper flat so it rests against the inside wall of the box.
Make a really strong crease since this will secure the side of the model.
Now, turn the model 180 degrees and repeat Steps 10 and 11 on this side.
All that remains is to reinforce the corners of your box. Also press the triangular side flaps as flat as possible against the inner walls of the box and secure with a dab of glue if preferred.
PART B: THE LID
To make a lid for this box, use a square of a similar size and follow the instructions for the box above.
If preferred you can make the lid slightly bigger than the box by not folding the edges in all the way to the vertical and horizontal center creases, but unless you are using very stiff paper, this adjustment may not be necessary since the fact that the box is fairly flat will enable it to fit snugly without making major size adjustments.
PART C: THE RIBBON DECORATION
This decoration is made up of 2 long folded pieces that are wrapped in opposite directions across the lid of the box.
To make the ribbon decoration for this box you will need the two small rectangles that you should have over from turning your rectangular paper into squares.
Fold each strip in half by bringing its long sides together.
Now bring the long sides to meet the fold at the center of each strip.
Fold in half by bringing the short sides together.
Taking the first strip, place the fold you have just created at the center of the lid and tuck the points of the strip in under the lid, making a strong crease on both sides.
Moving upwards, on both sides, make 2 light creases across the ribbon by pinching just where the lid forms a 90 degree edge.
Put in another way, you want the ribbon to follow the shape of the lid, so there needs to be a crease where the lid forms a 90 degree angle on its sides.
Remove the ribbon and recrease this last fold on both sides.
Now take the second ribbon and place it across the lid in the opposite direction, tucking and folding the points in the same way.
Make the last 2 light creases at the top edge, the same way you did in Step 6 above; then remove the ribbon.
Place the ribbons on top of each other to make sure their folds are cymmetrical.
Recrease and return both ribbons and secure them on top of the box lid in a cross formation.
The ends of the ribbons will be securely sandwiched in between the box and the inside of the lid.
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Compiled, August 2023, Nishi Sakpal and Lindy van der Merwe