Rectangular boxes by Tomoko Fusè

The diagram for these boxes can be found in “30 boîtes en origami”, as mentionned before.

Each box requires 8 square sheets (4 for the lid, 4 for the bottom).

You can see I really like folding the model, I made so much of them (and more, that I gave away before taking the pictures). The three boxes above are made from: leftmost, 7.5 cm kraft paper; top, Showa Grim washi chiyogami 15 cm; right, japanese chiyogami and Tant 15cm.

Papers: left, Aitoh RobinJoyRiggsbee pencil drawings + white Tant for the interior ; middle, Vivi Gade “Paris” paper ; right, Dovecraft “Back to Basics” Monochrome (150 gsm), all in 15 cm.

Papers: middle, japanese chiyogami 7.5 cm ; left and right, 15 cm japanese paper (all is in japanese on the box, can’t give details).

Pop-up bats by Jeremy Shafer

These adorable bats are very, very popular among all the people I give my origami to. I fold them regularly, because I know people will always be happy to have one – I think it’s partly because of the magic of pop-ups, but they’re also particularly beautiful.

The bat on the right is folded with 24cm double-sided paper. The bat in the middle is from Tuttle Rainbow patterns 15cm. I don’t remember the leftmost paper.

You can find the (beautifully hand-drawned) diagram in “Origami Pop-Ups to Amuse and Amaze” (ISBN 978-1494299026). He also made a youtube video.


Double compartment box by David Brill

David Brill published only one origami book, but it’s one of my favorites : “Brilliant Origami” (ISBN 0870408968). The diagrams are fabulously drawned, the models are varied and interesting to fold.

Papers: top left, 20cm nuinui box “motifs japonais” ; middle left, Showa Grim washi chiyogami 15cm ; bottom left, double-sided kraft from ; center, Djeco 20 cm ; top right, Daiso Modern pattern washi chiyogami ; center right, japanese chiyogami ; bottom right, Daiso metallic chiyogami paper gold and silver.

This model, however, is not in the book. I had folded most models of it by then, so I was looking at his website – hoping he had published more. He hasn’t, sadly, but I saw the photo on the gallery of his website, and commented to ask if the diagram was published (sometimes authors publish models in obscure booklets that can be found with a little search).

I checked his website regularly in the next days, hoping for an answer to my comment, but there was none, so I moved on.

But then, a few months later, I checked again, and there it was! Turns out, the model was not diagramed, but he drew it after I asked – which of course took some time. I was so happy to have the diagram, and touched that he made it for me – I jumped happily around the house for a few days, and spent quite a while folding a lot of them, as you can see.

So on his website you can find the diagram!

Enjoy! (and don’t hesitate buying the book, whatever your favorite origami is, there’s some in it :))

Hexagonal boxes by Tomoko Fusè

Tomoko Fusè is probably my favorite origamist, she invented so many incredible models – and this is one of my favorites. It is found at the end of “30 boîtes en origami”, as mentionned before.

The hexagonal boxes are folded from 4 sheets (2 for the bottom and 2 for the lid). The blue box is made from two A4 sheets cut in half, the two others are made from square paper (japanese chiyogami + Tant for the pink one, don’t remember the blue waves paper).

So, one thing I really like with this model is that it works for any rectangle. Whatever your favorite paper format, or what you have available: you won’t have to cut!

I bought this gorgeous paper in a papershop in Rennes (France), there are beautiful fibers in it that give a texture that I like.

The boxes are formed with a twist fold, a bit hard at first but sort of addictive :) You can make a number of variations on how to arrange the “flower” on top of the box.