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 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 :))

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.

More models by Nick Robinson

As promised, here are the other models by Nick Robinson that can be found in the nuinui japanese patterns box.

The bird is an action model – hold at the base and the woodpecker starts hitting the branch. The box/plate has very simple elegant lines.

They’re both folded from 15 cm double-sided kraft paper.

The buddha is folded from 20 cm Heyda plain paper, my variation that looks like pinoccio (it has a very long nose) or an imp (lutin in French) is also folded with double-sided kraft paper. It’s a first try, but I think this model has plenty of room for variations!

Fantasy Boxes by Tomoko Fusè

The diagrams for this boxes can be found in “30 boîtes en origami – à moduler à l’infini !” (éditions de saxe), which is a translation from Beautiful Origami Boxes #1 (in japanese). They’re called “boîte fantasie”, page 26. They’re folded from one sheet for the bottom and one for the lid.

The big box on the left is the D variation, the front left is A, the three others are C (I don’t like B much).

The front-right box is from japanese chiyogami with Tant for the bottom, the front-left is Jong Ie Nara Traditional Korean pattern collection (all 15 cm).

The two big boxes are from Artemio 30 cm “Continents” collection.

This one is from Vivi Gade “Paris” collection 15cm. I played with the double-sided paper.

This book is one of my favorites. I’ll show more models from it soon, I have pictures now! (thanks to Pierre-Manuel).

More dahlias by Hajime Komiya

As I said, this is a model that I fold a lot – here is just a tiny part of all I made, there are plenty more on my roommates’s walls. On the top right corner you can see the underside. The orange at the top is stopped before the last folds, it’s less a flower and more geometric, I like it too.

The paper are varied, some japanese chiyogami, Tant, double-sided kraft, shiny cheap paper… I also made some from glassine paper but they’re on my windows, didn’t photograph them :)

I think this model looks good in any size and nearly every paper. And I can fold it while doing other things, talking or watching movies, when my hands don’t want to be idle but I can’t concentrate on what they’re doing :)

Nick Robinson’s elephant from nuinui japanese patterns box

So… I bought this big box of origami paper by nuinui editions. The paper is amazing, and I didn’t pay attention, but it turns out the four models by Nick Robinson are really cute too. They’re not complicated, but the results are good.

So I started by folding plenty of elephants. For the photos, I had to borrow the grey one back from my roommate who had already claimed it :)

The blue elephant is folded from 20cm plain Heyda paper, the tiny one is washi chiyogami 7,5 cm (there are few enough folds that it works great in small) and the grey is 20cm Folia ‘Ornamental” paper.

I’ll blog about the other models in the booklet soon :)

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).