This week’s Iron Craft challenge was to make something from a country other than your own. When I went to the library by myself last week I was casting about for something cool to craft, and I settled on origami, which is maybe a little obvious, but it’s something I always wanted to try.
Trust me when I say these really are easy. I did it right the first time, and it takes just a couple of minutes to put one together. And all you need is a piece of paper. It doesn’t matter what size, so long as it’s square.
Making a Box
First, put the paper pattern-side up. Fold in half lengthwise and unfold. Fold in half widthwise and unfold. Fold diagonally and unfold. Repeat on the other diagonal and unfold. That will leave you with a paper creased like this:
Those two edges are two sides of the box. The other two you get by doing some kind or origami magic I can’t quite explain. Here’s the best I can do. The side looks like one big triangle with a fold toward the tip and a fold at the bottom. Push down on the sides where that fold at the back of the triangle is and keep your fingers there. Use your thumbs to lift up the point end, while at the same time folding the paper at the second fold, briging it over the side and back down into the box.
It makes more sense when you’re doing it than it does to write it, because you’ll be able to see where the folds are. Give all your corners an extra-firm folding so the box will sit flat and square. If you want, tape the corners down in the bottom of the box.
Using the Boxes
You could store little art supplies like buttons, stickers or bits of thread and yarn in them, or just behold their adorableness.
If you have a small, lightweight gift, trim one piece of paper so it’s a little smaller around but still square and repeat the same process, then you can use them as a gift box that becomes two little storage boxes.
I hope this is just the beginning for me and origami. Have you ever done any fancy paper folding? I’d love to hear about it.