Choose your paper.
Think about the purpose of the box. If this is a gift or a decorative item, use patterned or colored paper.
- For this particular Method, square paper should be used. Origami
paper is ideal for a gift box. Make sure your paper is completely even
on each side. Either use square paper, or measure and cut the paper so each side is the same size.
Fold the paper in half.
If using patterned paper,
make sure the pattern is on the inside. Turn the paper 90 degrees and
repeat this step. You should now have four sections. 
Fold each corner into the center. You should start
with the paper patterned side down, folding each corner to reveal the
pattern side of the paper. The plain side should be covered up now. Your
paper should now look like a smaller square made up of four identical
Fold two parallel edges to the center. The newly
folded sections should be folded down on top of the corner folds you
just made in Step 3. The paper should now be a rectangle. When folded
completely, you should see only two rectangular flaps that meet at the
Fold the shorter edges to the center. The folds
should be made over the ones created in Step 4. The shape will now be an
even smaller square. The only visible pieces at this point should again
be two rectangular flaps that meet at the center.
Unfold the paper partially. Rotate Stop unfolding
once you have the square made up of triangles that you made in Step 3.
Fold two parallel edges back towards the center on the already creased
fold. There are two sets of edges to choose form, but they are
identical. You are not making a new fold. Let them sit vertically, as
these will be the beginnings of your box's sides.
Lift the paper by either of the central widthwise triangles.
This should partially unfold one shorter end of the rectangle. Don't
use too much force to avoid tearing the paper. You may need to re-crease
any edges that aren't crisp. You should now have three outwards-facing
triangles, two of which with a central crease. The base of each triangle
forms three sides of the square that will make up the next side of your
Push the two creased triangles back inward.
central creases together to invert the triangles and push them down.
Push inward on the creases and line the triangles against the central
crease of the new side. The paper should start folding, lifting the new
Fold the remaining triangle into the box. This last
triangle's base will be the crease that will create the inner lower edge
of this side. After folding in, the last triangle should now be in the
bed of the box, creating a square with three other identical triangles.
Repeat Steps 7 through 9 with the opposite side
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