Text-Only Instructions
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Design: TraditionalUnknown
Text-Only Instructions: Lindy van der Merwe - Copyright 2024
As you might gather from the title of this model, it is derived from MDL0039 - ORIGAMI - 2D OR FLAT LANTERN.
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 closed box, made of two modules, which are folded in a similar way.
The modules are joined without needing tape or glue.
A gift may be added before the box is closed.
If two colors are used, they will show up on opposite sides of the finished box.
The finished model will have slits at each corner, so string can be added to use the models as hanging ornaments or as beads if folded from very small squares.
Step 1
Fold the 2D or Flat Lantern - MDL0039, by going to the link below.
Step 2
Place your lantern so the unfolded triangles of the model are at the left and right.
Step 3
As you did for the top and bottom parts of the lantern, turn the side triangles into rectangles as well.
So, gently open the left and right triangles and squash them down so they look the same as the top and bottom rectangles of the lantern.
Step 4
Flip the model over from left to right.
Step 5
Starting with the side nearest you, fold the entire edge over to the center of the model.
Use your thumbs to find the edge of the rectangle underneath the model.
Make the fold so the entire rectangle becomes visible as you fold it over to the center.
The long side of the rectangle will now form the outside of the square along this first edge.
Step 6
Turn the model 90 degrees to the right so you can work with the next edge.
Note that the second rectangle will fold over on top of the first, so don't worry about how thick the layers become.
Step 7
Repeat the previous 2 steps until all 4 sides are folded inwards.
You will have a square of many layers now.
Step 8---------------------
Now, gently unfold each rectangle, but only until it is standing straight up, facing the ceiling, or at a 90 degree angle in relation to the folding surface.
Make sure the rectangles are all straight and reinforce the creases along all 4 sides.
Step 9
Make another model that looks exactly like the first.
Note that the 4 rectangles of both models have pockets.
Step 10
To join the two modules of your box, you will be inserting the rectangular flap of one model into the pocket of the other, alternating the flaps as described below - take your time with the insertion of the flaps into the pockets. They are all similar, so you will have to gently squeeze a flap so it will fit into a pocket.
Try not to stretch or pull the flaps too much so as not to rip the pockets. You would like for the pockets to stay open and neat since they also form the sides of your box.
10.1 Hold Module 2 above Module 1.
10.2 Insert one rectangle of Module 1 into the corresponding rectangle of Module 2.
10.3 Then insert a neighboring rectangle from Module 2 into the corresponding rectangle of Module 1.
10.4 Continue inserting the rectangles for the third side as you did for the first.
10.5 Put a treasure in the box before joining the 4th side of the box.
Making origami accessible through text instructions.
For non-commercial use only.
Compiled: November 2023
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