Origami Classic Container

Photo Description: The Classic Container folded from a yellow note square on a wooden surface.

Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

This model was folded by me without any external reference or resource. It is likely to be a traditional model, though.

If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.

Paper to be used: Square, any size; use large paper to practice with at first.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 10

Description: This is a fairly shallow, square container with sides and corners that are neatly tucked in on the inside of the folded model.

It has a clean, compact appearance, yet it has a puffiness, reminding one of a soft, square pillow.

Using two-sided origami or other colored paper will form an attractive pattern, making this container even more eye-catching.

NOTE:  This model starts from the blintz base. If you are able to achieve this without instructions, fold the blintz base twice, then go to Step 6.

You can also learn about the Blintz and other origami bases at the following link:

Bases Used In Origami

Step 1

Place a square down with its edges to the left and right, top and bottom.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 4

Make the blintz fold by using the method you prefer to fold all four corners in to meet at the center of the square.

When pressed flat, you should end up with a smaller square-shaped model divided into 4 triangles.

Make sure that, as far as possible, all outside corners are folded neatly at a 90 degree angle and that the crease lines all lie straight and meet precisely in the center of the square.

Step 5

Repeat Steps 1 to 4 with the smaller square.

Step 6

Bring the 4 flaps at the center in an upright position and then fold their points down, to the inside to reach the first crease you encounter. 

Crease well. These flaps will form the sides of your container. They will not be secure at this point, but you can leave them as is for now.

Step 7

Notice that there are still 4 flaps left at the bottom of your container.

Valley fold all 4 of these single-layered flaps back in half to meet the corners of the square.

Keep folded.

Step 8

Carefully lift up each folded flap mentioned in the previous step and shape it into a rounded corner, working from the inside of the container.

Take care to form these corners so they are rounded and not upright. They should slant towards the inside of the container.

Step 9

Refold the triangles that are still standing up on each side of the square in half toward the inside of the container so they enclose the edges on all sides.

Step 10

Reinforce all the corners and sides of the container.

The points should all be tucked in on the inside edges of the container, with the corners and edges slanting towards the inside of the model. If preferred, use a dab of glue to secure the points you have folded over in the last step.

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~`~Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, November 2022