Square modular boxes with decorations, by Tomoko Fusè

These gorgeous boxes can be found in a japanese book, ISBN 9784416307069, page 66 and further. They’re all the same base model, only the decoration part changes.

As you can see, I really like this model, and folded a huge serie of them. On the left, folded from japanese washi chiyogami (this one) (two 15 cm sheets on the bottom + a matching 7.5 cm for the decoration) and one sheet of gold foil paper 15 cm for the lid. On the right, yellow Tant paper (2 sheets on bottom + 1 under the crane) and another japanese washi chiyogami, one sheet 15 cm for the lid and another for the crane (not sure about the size).

Here you can see I played nesting boxes with different decorations. People loved opening them and discovering the next! The crane with wide tail is on page 63.

The paper is from a nuinui pack, 20, 18 and 15 cm (double-sided, the cream color is the other side). It’s great to have the same pattern in different sizes, for the nesting :)

The left box is double-sided chiyogami 15 cm from toyo (a pack of 30 patterns, 120 sheets). I love the little leaves.

The paper for the box on the right comes from a nuinui pack again. It’s not so clear on the picture, but the decoration is actually a handle on this one.

Heart box by PaperKawaï

Paperkawaii published the video tutorial for this box a while ago. She has other cute models, but isn’t afraid of cutting and gluing – not my thing. This model is pure origami though. Beware, the music she puts on the videos is really irritating, but you can just shut it off, since she doesn’t talk.

It is folded from 2 sheets of 20cm paper (from a nuinui kit).

It is really sturdy, closes and opens well. I’ll probably fold it again :)

Boxes with hold on the lid, by Tomoko Fusè

I really, really like this book by Tomoko Fusè. As far as I know, it hasn’t been translated. The ISBN is 9784416307052. Square boxes page 84, rectangular page 88.

The box on the left is folded from 2 sheets of “back to basics” paper by Dovecraft, theme “baby steps”, 20cm (the paper is 150 gsm cardstock, thin enough to fold but makes strong boxes!). The middle is chiyogami 14cm, the rightmost is “Die Sachenmacher” 20cm. Step 6 of the box, I recommend leaving a 1-2 mm gap to make step 19 easier and cleaner.

The box on the left is folded from the same Dovecraft paper as the one on the above photo. The one on the right is japanese yuzen chiyogami 15cm.

Cat box by Tomoko Fusè

This cute cat box (or shell) by Tomoko Fusè can be found in a book in japanese, ISBN 4480872035, page 22.

The box is folded of one sheet of A4 paper (the same I used on this box).

It’s cute and elegant at the same time :)

 

Edit: correct ISBN (thanks Michel Grand!). By the way, on Gilad’s page you can see all models in the book (as you can see, the book uses paper in A format – but some work with other rectangles, too).

Various boxes by Tomoko Fusè

These are various models by Tomoko Fusè. All are made with 8 sheets of square paper (4 for the lid, 4 for the bottom).

The box on the left is “square box Vortex”, page 62 of “Fabulous Origami Boxes” (Japan Publications Trading Co, ISBN 9780870409783).

The box in the middle is “shallow hexagonal box”, found page 72 of “30 boîtes en origami”.

The box on the right is “Square box C”, page 38 of “Joyful Origami Boxes” (Japan Publications, ISBN 0870409743).

Paper for the rightmost box : japanese chiyogami for the lid, Tant 15 cm for the bottom.

Paper: double-sided 15 cm kraft paper from schoene-papiere.de (sadly they don’t sell anymore at the moment).

Paper: japanese chiyogami 7.5 cm.

 

The same model with different papers:

left: japanese chiyogami 7.5 cm + Tant, right: japanese chiyogami 15 cm (the paper is a bit too thin for the size of the box).

Square flowers boxes + spirals boxes, by Tomoko Fusè

Those are two similar models, found once again in “30 boîtes en origami” (page 48 for the flower box, 52 for the spiral).

They are made with 8 sheets of square paper, 4 for the bottom and 4 for the lid.

The left spiral box is made from Daiso Fabric paper 15 cm. The right box is made from Daiso Yuzen chiyogami paper Vegetation 15 cm.

The left box is made with star paper found on eBay, the right box is made from music sheets cut to 15 cm, found on amazon.

Details of the lid.

The flower boxes are made from: left, Jong le Nara pattern colored paper flowers for the bottom, Daiso handmade paper Sukigami for the lid, both 15 cm ; right, MarpaJansen glassine paper 10 cm ; middle, Grimmhobby washi chiyogami 7.5 cm (the box is tiny, very cute :)).

Details of the lid.

Pentagonal boxes by Tomoko Fusè

I already showed this beautiful box by Tomoko Fusè, but here is the variation I made, where the star is on the outside. No idea if this is published somewhere, since I don’t own the book with the model – but it’s really straightforward to find once you’ve folded the first model.

Papers: top, Origami Antistress by Marabout 15cm (beware, those 1000-sheets books don’t have perfectly square sheets and you usually have to cut them again, but I love the colors and patterns) ; bottom left, Origami black and white by Aitoh 7.5 cm ; middle, cheap shinny 5cm paper bought on ebay : right, Origami mini Pop 7.5 cm by Avenue Mandarine.

As I said before, if someone knows the references of the book, I’m interested :)

Edit: Internet’s magic is working ! Michel Grand just wrote to me to say the diagram is in “Origami Gift Boxes”, ISBN 9784140310687 (in japanese). Thank you :)

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).

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 schoenepapiere.de ; 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 :))