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PostSubject: Origami Box from a calendar   Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:16 pm

http://craftingagreenworld.com/2012/01/11/origami-box/

This origami box tutorial requires no glue and no tape. All that you need is a calendar, a ruler, and a pair of scissors!

1. To start, cut out two pages from your calendar. Then, youíll need to trim one page so that itís 1/2″ narrower than the other. The narrower page is going to be the bottom of your box.

2. Since calendar pages arenít typically square, youíre going to need to make squares. Easy peasy! Place the larger page so that itís vertically aligned on the table in front of you, grab the top left corner, and fold it down to the right. Then, just cut along the edge. When you unfold, youíll have a nice square.

3. Place that same piece of paper right side down on the table, and then fold your square in half, so you have a rectangle, like this:

4. Open it back up, rotate the square 90 degrees, and repeat. The folds should form a + sign on the square.

5. Open your square back up again, and make sure the right side is still down. Now, grab each corner and fold it into the center. Youíre going to make 4 folds, and youíll have a new square that looks like this when youíre done:

6. Now, take the top of the new square, and fold it into the center. Do the same with the bottom half, so your paper looks like this:

no number 7 LOL

8. Now, open your square up again, rotate the paper 90 degrees, and repeat step 3. When you open it up again, your paper will look like this:

9. See how you have a square with 4 triangles inside of it? Choose one triangle, grab the corner thatís in the center of the square, and unfold it. Do the same with the triangle thatís across from the one you opened.

10. Fold up the edges of the still folded triangles along the crease thatís running down them:

11. OK, this is the sort of tricky part. With the sides still up, youíre going to pinch in along the folds at the top of your box (near one of the unfolded triangles). When you pinch in, that unfolded triangle will want to come up off of the table:

12. The thing about origami, is that those creases that you folded and unfolded at the beginning, called ďguiding folds,Ē are really aptly named. The paper is going to want to do the right thing, so be gentle, and listen to what it wants to do. Nudge that unfolded triangle forward. You want to fold it down and over the side you created, then tuck it back in to complete that side of your box. Hereís the triangle folding over:

13. And hereís the completed top half of your box, with the sides all tucked in:

14. Repeat steps 2-13 with your smaller piece of paper to make the bottom of the box. Then, measure the box size, and cut a square of paper from the scraps you created, and fit the square into the bottom of the box like so:


If youíve got a 12 month calendar, you can make 6 treat boxes using this origami box tutorial. Thatís a lot of little storage container that are totally free, and it keeps that paper out of the landfill! Win-win!
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