How to fold an origami box with lid

Updated February 21, 2017

Origami, the art of folding paper into different forms, began in ancient China and Japan. In order to practice true origami, you must use only paper folding to make a form -- no other objects, such as glue, tape or scissors, are allowed. An origami box is also called a Masu, the Japanese word for "square wooden box." With the proper instructions and some practice, you can fold your own origami box and make a lid to go with it, as well.

Lay one sheet of origami paper on a flat surface with the coloured side down. Position it so it looks like a diamond.

Fold the right and left corners into the centre so the points are touching.

Fold the top and bottom corners into the centre so they are touching. You will end up with a perfect square.

Fold the left edge and the right edge into the centre, so they are touching. This forms a long rectangle.

Fold the bottom and top edge into the centre so they meet. You will wind up with a small square.

Unfold all the folds you made in steps three, four and five. These folds all serve as your guidelines for making the rest of the box.

Bring the top left corner in to meet the top right corner. This should also lift the left and right sides of the box up while lifting the topmost side and point up. Crease these left and right corners in to form the top side of the box.

Fold the top point down into the box so that the top side is even with the left side and right side.

Turn the box around and repeat steps seven and eight with the opposite side. You should have a square box with four even edges.

Make the lid of the origami box by repeating steps one through nine with the other sheet of origami paper. In steps four and five, however, fold the edges in leaving 1/8-inch of space; don't make the edges meet. This extra space makes the box lid slightly larger than the box bottom and enables them to fit together.


Seal each fold by creasing it with your fingernail. Practice this box with scrap sheets of paper before moving on to nicer origami paper. Visit the website listed in the resources section to see pictures of each step.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 sheets of origami paper, 6-by-6 inches
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Based in Royal Oak, Mich., Christine Wheatley has been writing professionally since 2009. She contributes to several websites, specializing in articles about fitness, diet and parenting. Wheatley has a Bachelor of Arts in art from Calvin College.