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Tomoko Fuse's Origami Boxes
6 x 6 in (15 x 15 cm) sheets are standard

The traditional “Masu” box is folded from a square sheet of paper and has many variations. Let’s start with the basics.

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  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 1
    Step 1

    Basic Masu Base

    1 - 2

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 2
    Step 2

    3

    Fold the corners to the center, taking care not to shift the already folded sections.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 3
    Step 3

    4

    Unfold, including the inner triangles.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 4
    Step 4

    5

    Crease and unfold.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 5
    Step 5

    6

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 6
    Step 6

    7

    Open and reverse fold to form box side.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 7
    Step 7

    8

    Fold flap down and press into place.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 8
    Step 8

    9

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 9
    Step 9

    10

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 10
    Step 10

    11

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 11
    Step 11

    Masu Variation 1
    Square Box with a Lid

    6 x 6 in (15 x 15 cm) sheets are standard
    To make a lid for the Masa Box above, start from step 3 of the Basic Masu Base instructions:

    3

    Fold to about
    1/8 in(4mm) below the center.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 12
    Step 12

    4

    Unfold, including the inner small triangle.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 13
    Step 13

    5

    Match ○ symbols on each side, folding along ◎ symbol.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 14
    Step 14

    6

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 15
    Step 15

    7

    Unfold, including the inner triangles.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 16
    Step 16

    8

    Match ○ symbols on each side, folding along ◎ symbol.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 17
    Step 17

    9

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 18
    Step 18

    10

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 19
    Step 19

    11

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 20
    Step 20

    12

    Continue folding the
    rest of the box using steps 7-11 from page 6.

  • How to fold an origami box. The Traditional Masu Box - Step 21
    Step 21

    13

    The box is now complete.

    Tip
    By changing the width of the folds, you can vary the box dimensions

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