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London Underground origami box
Make a trinket box (or just impress friends) with an underground map.

Posted by tom./ from London, United Kingdom • Published See tom./'s 22 projects »
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  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 1
    Step 1

    You'll need a tube map - they're free from all tube stations. Fold it flat first.

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 2
    Step 2

    Then, cut it half - it'll give you a perfect square of tube!

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold the section with the map on in half, and crease firmly. You don't need the other half (although, you could use it for practise, or backup.)

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 4
    Step 4

    Unfold the map, and turn it over. Then, fold each corner into the center. The creases you made in the previous step will show you the exact center.

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 5
    Step 5

    Once you've done that, you'll have a small square of map like this. Make sure to keep the creases neat!

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold half of the map lengthways into the center...

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 7
    Step 7

    ...and then the other half. You'll end up with a thin rectangle.

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 8
    Step 8

    Then, fold the bottom and top into the center. You should be left with a little square. These are the toughest folds to make.

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now, an easy step! Unfold back to step 5.

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 10
    Step 10

    Unfold the top and bottom triangles.

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 11
    Step 11

    This next step is where the bit of paper transforms into a box! By tucking the sides up, and making two little triangles, the rest should all fall into place. Take a look at the picture if you're struggling!

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 12
    Step 12

    Then, fold the triangle down to complete half of the box.

  • How to fold an origami box. Tube Map Box - Step 13
    Step 13

    Repeat the last two steps on the other half of the map and you're done!

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FrolleinKram
FrolleinKram · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 132 projects
If I may, I have another technique to do these which makes it a little easier and imho makes it keep the shape better, but it's quite impossible to explain, at least in a tired state. Maybe I'll post a how-to-version-thingy?
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gnomes
gnomes · 1 project
i haven't made one of those boxes since primary school! thanks for reminding me HAHA
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