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).

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.

Pentagonal box by Tomoko Fusè

This delicate modular box is one of my favorites. It is the first model from Tomoko Fusè that I folded, it made me fall in love with her designs, and this love just keeps growing every time I get a new book by her (she’s the origami artist I own the most books by, at least half a dozen). Unfortunately, I do not own the book it is in, I don’t even know which one it is – if someone knows, I’d be glad to add the information, and probably buy the book too :) I only have this diagram from a file on my computer, a scan from a book in English, but not clear enough to read the title.

You can see the Dahlia I published previously together with the box, they’re made in the same paper and well assorted :)

I have no pictures here, but I usually fold a variation I made with the pretty star pattern on the external side of the lid.

It is folded from 10 sheets of 7.5 cm Tant paper (5 for the lid and 5 for the bottom).

Crystal by Vicente Palacios (?)

This model can be found in “Origami from around the world”, by Vicente Palacios. It has no attribution, so I don’t know if it’s from him, if it’s traditionnal, or just not attributed (if someone knows, I’ll be glad to correct this).

I really love this simple geometric form. It’s folded from 2 sheets of paper (not square, but 1:13), cut in two. I made it in a few different papers, I’ll take photos of others at some point.

The folding is easy (but needs to be very precise for a neat result). The assembly is a bit tricky the first time, requiring to be delicate until a point while holding the 4 modules, and then shove the last bit inside roughly to lock it.

I like the play between empty and full, you can actually see to the center of the form and each protuding 3-sided pyramid has an empty 4-sided one on each side. It’s simple and elegant. You could hang them for decoration, but I just keep them laying around – they’re sturdy and make funny play balls.

The paper is two sheets of japanese washi Chiyogami  of 15cm, cut to size (see on amazon).

The I-Ching Wheel, by Michael G. LaFosse


This model is by Michael G. LaFosse, I got it in a Geometric Origami Kit offered by my sister (the models are mostly good, but the paper texture is bad and creases leave white marks). Each module is quite easy to fold, the assembly is straightforward too, but I find it really hypnotizing to fold – I’ve made it many times :)


It reminds me of chidren water wheels that I’ve always been fond of.


There are other pretty models in the kit, but I have no photos of them yet, so maybe in another article :)


The papers of the pictured wheels are 15cm and 7,5 cm squares.