These instructions will show you how to fold a simple origami box that uses a Square Base. If you’ve never folded anything before we recommend you check out our Beginner’s Guide first to learn all the basics.

Box Step 1

Step 1) Fold the paper in half.

Box Step 2

Step 2) Fold the paper in half again.

Box Step 3

Step 3) Open the top flap of paper over to the right.

Box Step 4

Step 4) Squash Fold this flap flat.

Box Step 5

Step 5) Turn the paper over.

Box Step 6

Step 6) Open the top flap of paper over to the left and Squash Fold it flat.

Box Step 7

Step 7) Rotate the paper 180 degrees.

Box Step 8

Step 8) Fold the flaps on the sides to the centre and the top layer of paper at the top to the centre. Repeat on the other side.

Box Step 9

Step 9) Fold the right flap of paper over to the left and repeat on the other side so the model is symmetrical.

Box Step 10

Step 10) Fold the top layer of paper down and repeat on the other side.

Box Step 11

Step 11) Fold the flap on the right over to the left and repeat on the other side. Make sure both sides are symmetrical and the front of the model looks like the next step.

Box Step 12

Step 12) Open up the flaps on each side and Squash Fold them down. Repeat on the other side.

Box Step 13

Step 13) Fold the sides of the top flaps inside the model on each side. Then repeat on the back side of the model.

Box Step 14

Step 14) Fold the top layer of paper down along the dotted line and repeat on the other side.

Box Step 15

Step 15) Fold the flap of paper on the right over to the left and repeat on the back. Make sure the model is symmetrical before going to the next step.

Box Step 16

Step 16) Fold the top layer of paper down along the dotted line and repeat on the back side.

Box Step 17

Step 17) Push the bottom of the model up and open up the top to form a box shape.

The complete origami box

What did you think about this origami box? Let us know in the comments. If you liked this model check out our very detailed instructions for the traditional Masu Box as well.