Text-Only Instructions
Credits and Resources:
Designer: Lindy van der Merwe/Traditional/Unknown
This model is derived from the base used for the Twisty Rose, which you can find at the following link:
Steps 1 to 8 are instructions for the waterbomb base.
Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.
Folding level: Beginner to Intermediate
Steps: 27
Description:  This is a three-dimensional, open box or container with decorative triangles around the outside of the square opening.
 The four sides are somewhat rounded in shape with three small triangles on each side. Two triangles face each other with a down-pointing triangle being a prominent feature just above them on each side.
These top triangles may be folded to meet each other to form a cover or closed top for the box or they may be folded towards the inside of the box, in which case it will have a more plain appearance.
If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the side you want for the outside of the container is facing down before you start to fold.
NOTE:  This model starts from the waterbomb or balloon base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the base and then go to Step 9.
"Step 1
Place a square of paper on your work surface and position it so that the edgesare facing up and down, left and right.
Step 2
Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 3
Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
Step 4
Turn the square over and position it so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.
Step 5
Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
Step 6
Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
Step 7
Grasp the left and right points of the resulting triangle and push inward. The model should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be another triangle shape that has one folded flap sticking out from the back of the model and another sticking out from the front.
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 you."
Step 9
Next, grasp the left bottom corner of the triangle, top layer only, and fold it upwards to reach the top point.
Make sure the edges are aligned on the left side of the model.
Leave folded.
Step 10
Repeat with the bottom right corner.
You should now have two small triangles on top of the larger triangle.
Step 11
Turn the model over and repeat Steps 9 and 10 on the other side.
Make sure that your folds and edges match on both sides.
The result will be two more triangles that will create a multi-layered diamond shape.
Step 12
Fold the two loose top points of the diamond shape straight down so that they meet each other at the bottom point of the diamond.
Step 13
Turn over and repeat on the other side of the model.
Notice that the two triangles are actually pockets with openings that lie along the vertical center of the diamond.
Step 14
With the fingers of one hand, Open the left side pocket and bring the top point down to meet the bottom vertical center. The paper will open and collapse into a small square that will form on the bottom left of the model.
 Press flat.
Step 15
Repeat with the right flap.
There will now be two squares next to each other at the bottom of the model with a triangular point peeking out at the top.
Step 16
Turn over the entire model and repeat Steps 14 and 15 on the other side.
You should have the same configuration on this side of the model with the two squares at the bottom and a triangle at the top.
Step 17
Next, fold down the top triangular point as far as it will go and make a strong crease. Unfold.
Step 18
Turn over and repeat this fold on the other side. Unfold.
These two folds will create the bottom of the box.
Step 19
Focusing on the two small bottom squares, find the left and right loose points at the vertical center crease.
Fold these points upwards and outwards to make two new smaller triangles on top of the squares.
Step 20
There will be a third small triangle at the center of the model. Fold the point of this triangle up as far as it will go.
It will basically fold in half, creating an even smaller triangle.
Press flat.
Step 21
Flip the model over and repeat Steps 19 and 20 on the other side.
Step 22
Flip the flap on the right, the top layer only, over to the left, to reveal a smooth surface.
Step 23
Flip the model over from left to right and repeat the previous step, so you have a smooth surface on this side as well.
Step 24
notice that the bottom of the figure is square-shaped.
Take the bottom left and right points of the figure and fold them upwards and inwards so they meet at the vertical center of the model to form 2 triangles.
These triangles will be a similar size to the ones you folded in previous steps.
Leave folded.
Step 25
As before, there will once again be a small central point to fold up in half. Leave folded.
Step 26
Flip the model over from left to right and repeat the previous two steps to complete the fourth side of the box.
Step 27
Gently insert a finger into the open end of the box and press the corners and sides outwards as far as possible.
The sides of the box should be rounded towards the outside, so be careful not to undo the corners when opening the box.
Press the small triangles on each side flat if necessary.
Your beautiful rose base box is ready for use or display.
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for non-commercial use only.
Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, November 2021
Revised, June 2024