useful origami boxes

Currently, I’m in the middle of FINALS week! Of course that means lots of studying, and studying means lots of snacking. 😀  But what are you to do if you have a bag of gummy bears, and nowhere to put them?  Answer: Fold a box!

Over the past year, I’ve made dozens of these boxes. They’re incredibly useful for holding snacks or random things, or use as a scoop.

First up is a box from the English Origami Club website: “A Garbage Bin”.

Instructions call for using a two-page spread of newspaper to fold the box, but I usually use scrap paper. (Old MMW paper photocopies anyone?) If using the standard letter-size sheet, this makes a box about 2 inches in each dimension.  Often used for candy, cereal, raisins.

I also make this second, larger box pretty frequently. I forgot where I learned how to do it from, but here are some instructions. Text-only for now, but pictures to come later. EDIT: Actually, I found a link again, and what do you know, it’s from the Origami Club again, entitled “A Garbage Bin 2”

This also uses a piece of scrap paper.

  1. Fold paper in half top to bottom.
  2. Fold in half left to right, and unfold
  3. Fold top left and right corners in to center line, and unfold
  4. Inside reverse corners.
  5. Fold left and right sides towards center line, so that vertical part matches with the crease.
  6. Fold up edge excess paper to meet the bottom edge of the triangle, then fold up again. Bottom should now be flush.
  7. Flip over, then repeat Step 5-6 on this other side of the paper.
  8. Fold top triangle point down to bottom edge, and unfold.
  9. Open from bottom edge, flatten bottom of the box.
  10. FINISHED! 😀

Final dimensions, if starting from a letter-sized paper are approximately 4×4 inch square, 2 inches in height. Useful for chips, pretzels, cereal!

Well, break time is up, and I really must get back to studying for ochem (and snacking on my box of raisins).  Good luck to everyone who is studying, and have fun to people who are not? Anyways, I hope that this post was useful/instructive for you!



  1. Theresa said

    I found your site by Googling for help with some of the models in Tomoko Fuse’s Unit Polyhedron Origami. I don’t know that I feel any more able to build them but I’m definitely inspired. Your models are really stunning. Browsing through your archive, each post made me more excited to become a better folder than the last! Truly breathtaking. I can’t wait to see your future work!

    • eikosi said

      Thank you so much! Haven’t been too active lately, but I just saw your comment. It’s definitely an amazing feeling to think that my posts helped to stir up your passion for the craft! I hope that everything is going well for you!

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