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Japanese Box - Origami Basics

teacher avatar Nancy Sealy, Designer | Instructor

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Welcome & Introduction


    • 2.

      Supplies / Materials Required


    • 3.

      Pattern Prep & Decoration Ideas


    • 4.

      Completing the Box


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About This Class

Learn how to make a box from a single sheet of paper or light card.  This class will introduce you, step by step, to basic origami techniques. 

This class is great for beginners and I'll show you how you can easily create a piece of practical origami.  

You can make these boxes in many different sizes and you can make them your own by decorating them with pencils, paints, crayons, rubber stamps or whatever you have to hand.   In the class we look at some simple ideas for decoration.

You can also use printed papers or magazine pages or just use plain paper.  The idea is to use what you have at hand.

I'll show you how to create the folds, with close-ups so you can see things clearly.  

Once you made your first origami box you'll be so pleased with yourself and you'll have a whole stack of them to show off in no time.  Make them for yourself, friends or family. 

Everyone needs a box, especially crafters, so see you in the class!

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Nancy Sealy

Designer | Instructor


Hello, I'm Nancy.

I'm a Designer, working in Digital and with physical materials.  

My aim is to help you learn creative digital skills, particularly using Photopea, (free alternative to Photoshop).

During my career, I've worked in a number of colleges and community settings where I've taught learners of all ages from many different countries.

In my spare time I enjoy crafts, music and films.

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1. Welcome & Introduction: Hi, my name's Nancy. Welcome to this class on making a Japanese origami boxes. This process is really quite simple. It might look quite complicated because of the result, but I'm going to take you step-by-step through each process. So at the end you'll have a wonderful Japanese box that you made yourself and that you can put anything you want into it, such as coins or sweets or whatever. But I am happy that you've decided to take this class. So see you in the first lecture. 2. Supplies / Materials Required: You only need a few basic supplies to get started to make the Japanese box that includes some thin card or paper, a pencil, a ruler, and citizens. Now, if you wanted to decorate your books, then you could try and get hold of some colored pencils or crayons, like I've got here in many different colors. Also. Some paints. So you can also paint the card before making it into a box or anything is that you have to decorate this card with. It can be rubber stamps, it could be potato prints, it could be literally anything. The other thing that it would be good to have would be some card so that you could make a template for your Japanese box. So then that means you can make many, many boxes and you don't have to keep measuring it out all the time. So then we could just use this and then pencil around and that would give us the dimensions to make the bugs. So those are the basic supplies you need. Another thing you might need also actually is a sponge and some water if you want to, for example, apply some paint onto your college, or maybe you could get a paintbrush. In my demonstration, I'm going to be using a sponge with a little bit of water to apply some of the paint. So we'll get onto that in the next lesson. 3. Pattern Prep & Decoration Ideas: So with my template for the Japanese box, I'm going to use that and lay down on a piece of thin car which I'm just going to cut out to make the box is saves a lot of time if you want to make a lot of boxes. And believe me, once you make one, you're going to be so addicted that you're going to want to make another one and another one and another one. Just draw around the template here. It doesn't have to be super accurate. And then you can just use a craft knife or scissors to cut that out. Great. Now once you've cut it out, it's time to decorate it. And I've decided I'm going to use a couple of crayons that I have here in different colors, but you can use colored pencils. You can use paint, potato prints, anything that you have to cover the front. And if you want, you can also cover the back of the box as well. So that when you fold it up you have a patent on the inside and the outside of the box. What I planned to do is to use a tile that I had lying around. I'm going to use the back because it's got a really nice, interesting texture. So I'm going to take a robin with my crayons. And this is a technique that you can also use as well. Just look for anything you have around your place that has got some type of texture that you can then use to rub on to your sheet. So that's an idea of what you can do, but really you can do anything. You can draw your own design onto the paper. You can use printed papers, whatever you want reading. So I'm just going to pull out a few colors here. And you can do for orange, green, and blue. So many folk, others. Okay. So I'm going to be careful There's a little section here that I'm done, really one on my paper. So I just want to get these lines is good. And this can be a very random design. And just really want to overlap those colors. But I really do like the design on the back of this tile. K another color now. So just play around and x amount. It's really interesting to see how the different colors, when they overlap the different shades that you get. It's actually while this E1. And decide if you want prominent shades of a particular color. I think I'm going to go in for one more color. Okay. So the other side, we're going to do the same again. I'm just pulling really quite roughly. Say, hey, are just really going very random. And just seeing what design comes out, whatever comes out. On this side, I'm actually going to put a paint wash. I've got several colors of paint, but I think I'm just going to give a little bit It's a bit thick enough. So here I have a little bit of water. I'm just going to mix the paint with the water to create a little bit of a wash that I'm going to then just put this crown rubbing. And this is a technique that you can use to. Now, it might look a bit messy. Maybe first dot. But it actually does give quite a nice effect. And when it's dried and you actually make it up into the box, these colors are really going to look quite nice. Okay? So it's quite a subtle effect on their income. Happy with that, I don't want to put too much water. So now it's time to let that dry. And then we'll come back in the next lesson and we'll do the folds. 4. Completing the Box: So now our paper is dry and it's time to begin to create the folds. Now, the first thing to do is we need to divide this in two or three sections. So this is 22.5 centimeters across. So I make that about 7.5 centimeters for each section that we need. So I'm going say get my ruler and make a mark at 7.5 centimeters just here. And then another 7.5 centimeters. So 7.5 there and don't chin. Okay, so now the idea is that we're going to take this, I'm, I going to fault at this section where we've made the market and also add this section. So I'm think the best thing to do is to fold it over this way so that you can see the lock. And then just fold it down making sure that this edge and crease it down. Then check the next mob and then fold that back as well. So basically that is, that section is going to fold into and then just crease that down. So now we have float here and the folds here. Now I want this to be the inside of my bulks. So I'm going to make sure that this is facing upwards. If you want the design to be on the inside of the box and you would have this facing up. But I actually want this to be the inside. So now we have our creases here. We're going to fold this right-hand side to meet the inside crease here. Then we're going to fall this left-hand side, like this. So everything's all enclosed. Now we're going to make another query, so fall down here. So we're going to match the top here with the top here. So just and this with that as well. So we're just going to fall in half. And then just hold down like that to make a trace with your finger. We're going to open up a little bit, pull this section out, and do the same here. So we're going to fold over on this edge also. So just to make sure that those ends meet and then crease down this fold. So now this is how your box will be looking like this. So the next thing we need to do is to photo of this right section so that we have cod like this. And now we're going to follow this single section into a point meeting that crease that we have here like that. And then we're going to do the same on this side. So this is a single piece of paper that I followed in and this is a double section of PayPal oh, cod. Just as nicely as you can. And then we're going to do the same at the bottom, making sure that it's nicely folded and increased. The next thing we're going to do is we're going to flip this over like that. So this is how your boxes that can now this thing goal sheet here of like that. Again, we're going to fold. And to meet the crease in the middle here. Just like this, just as we did before. And then we'll do the same at the bottom. Pipa can be all the card can be a bit stiff, especially after we put the paper and crayons. Okay, So this is how old box should be looking. Now, next thing we're going to just take our fingers and feel for the single sheet is not to just one. I show is one. And then flip that over. And then you're going to see that the pattern that you've chosen should be the inside of your box we will be showing. So this is the exciting bit because when any finished, so just take a bit of time, just decrease around the edges fast. Then what we need to do is to reveal our box by just pulling out the edges like this. And there we go. Our box has really now been created and it's nearly finished. So what we need to do now is just crease down the sections here inside the box. And it's kind of more of a bot really. Although it's called a box. If we turn it over, we'll see that there is a nice square bottom on the box. And now I'm a Japanese bulks is complete. It's just take some time to make it look as nice as it can. And now our Japanese bulks is complete and ready to put a few things in there, like a crayon or a class for any item you want to put in there. So I hope you enjoyed making this box that you able to follow along. And I'd really like to see any books is that you make please take a picture of those and put them down in the gallery so that we can all be inspired. And thanks very much for taking the class. See you in the next one.