Origami is the traditional Japanese art form of folding paper into small, intricate sculptures. Origami often replicates the shape of delicate flowers, animals and containers as well as abstract designs. Creating a decorative hexagonal box with the art of origami is simple as long as the directions are followed closely. You can create an origami hexagon box that can be used to hold small objects.
Place a sheet of paper with the colourful side upwards on a flat surface. Orient the paper horizontally. Fold the paper in half so the 8 1/2-inch sides of the paper meet, and then fold it in half again. Unfold the paper and flip it over so the white side is facing upwards. Fold the bottom right corner to the right-most crease, starting the fold at the middle crease. Fold the top edge of the paper so it is 1 3/4-inch wide, then fold the top edge over itself again. Unfold the last fold and the folded bottom right corner; you will notice the creases on the bottom of the paper create four vertical rectangles 3 3/4 inches wide. Fold and unfold each of the rectangles so a diagonal crease runs from the bottom left corner of the rectangle to the top right. Push the right side of the paper towards the left so each subsequent crease folds to create half of a hexagon box with 1 3/4-inch walls. Repeat the full procedure on the other three sheets of paper so you have four box parts.
Place two box parts together with their walls facing upwards and their open sides facing each other. Slide the two box parts into each other, with the open wall edges of one box part sliding underneath the open edges of the second box part. Gently twist them in opposite directions until the folds on the bottom of the box parts lock into each other and you have a completed hexagon piece. Repeat the procedure with the other two box parts.
Flip one hexagon piece over so its walls face downward and place it on top of the other hexagon piece to complete your origami hexagon box.
Things you need
- 4 pieces of 8 1/2-by-11 inch paper, coloured only on one side