Traditional Box

Traditional Box

traditional  box
I love this traditional box because of its unique shape. The base of the box is a square and the top of the box is also square. But unique is that fact that the top opening is offset (or twisted) a little so final box is not your typical square box. Rather, it is an interesting twisted, open-ended container with distinct angles and clean lines. Give it a try, it only takes 5 to 10 minutes to make.






Traditional Box

traditional  box

Step 1:

Start with a square sheet of paper with the colored-side facing up.

Fold the paper into a 3 x 3 grid and then unfold.

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Step 2:

Cut off bottom third of the paper. You will only need the top section which is 3 x 2 in size.

Using the crease made in step 1, fold the left side towards the right.

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Step 3:

Fold the top layer in half (back towards the left side).

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Step 4:

Using the crease made in step 1, fold the right side of the paper towards the left.

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Step 5:

Fold this top layer in half back towards the right.

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Step 6:

We will now work on the corners of the box:
Open up the right panel by folding the top-flap towards the left.

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Fold the top-corners and bottom-corners inwards as shown.
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Return the top-flap of paper by folding it back towards the right.

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Step 7:

Repeat the process on the left side: fold the top layer (left side) towards the right.

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Fold the top-corners and bottom corners towards the center.
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Fold the top layer back to the left.
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Step 8:

Make the box 3D by pulling the layers of paper away from each other.

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Keep going….
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Run your fingertips along the bottom of the box to reinforce the square-shaped bottom.

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Ta-da! This is it! Isn’t it great?

Did you get it done in 5 minutes? Notice how the top opening is a square, the base of the box is also a square, but the two are not stacked exactly one ontop of the other. This traditional Japanese box is great for holding candies, nuts, small toys, and beads. Its distinctive geometric shape makes it different and memorable. It’s also fast and easy to make too.