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Origami — Boxes

Models folded and photographed by Michał Kosmulski. Boxes / containers / tatos and other similar models — designed by their respective authors (but most are my own designs).
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Heptagonal Star Box (UD-DU Chevron Corrugation)

One-part Box with Two-in-one Flower Tesselaltion

Most boxes I design are two-part boxes: the lid and the bottom part are made from two separate sheets. This one is a flat, single-piece box (also called a tato): in order to open it, you need to partially unfold it. The decoration on top is a molecule of my Two-in-one Flower Tessellation.

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Heptagonal Star Box (UD-DU Chevron Corrugation)

Heptagonal Star Box

This seven-sided star shape can be used as one half of a two-piece box or alone as an ornament. This heptagonal star design is based around my Chevron Corrugation (UD-DU variant) and folded from a rectangle with 16×5 square grid. Variants with more rays or donut-shaped stars with a hole in the middle can be made in a similar way.

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Box with Super-Ninja Star Tessellation molecule

Box with Super-Ninja Star Tessellation molecule

Two variants of boxes decorated with individual molecules of Super-Ninja Star tessellation which is my extension of the Ninja Star Tessellation. The super-variant has larger blades. The two variants differ in the thickness of the lid.

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Box withtwisted Bird Base Tessellation molecule

Box with Twistd Bird Base Tessellation molecule

Box with a single molecule of my Twisted Bird Base Tessellation.

Crease pattern and basic instructions for the raw tessellation were published in the convention book of Origami Deutschland 2016 meeting in Erkner. Step-by-step instructions were be published for the International Origami Internet Olympiad (IOIO) 2016. To make a box, fold the molecule using just a square with half the side of the paper, located in the center of the sheet. The margin left is then used to form the walls.

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Box with Walled Garden Tessellation molecule

Box with Walled Garden Tessellation molecule

Another tessellation disguised as a box so that I can get away with folding just a single molecule (but I do plan to fold a full-fledged tessellation some time, too). My design; the molecule is folded from a 12×12 grid. I used Kami with a pattern which matches the symmetry of the box well.

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Box with Shooting Star

Box with Shooting Star

I designed this box during the annual meeting of Polish Meteoritical Society (meteorites are one of my hobbies alongside origami).

The shooting star is based on my Epiphany II model and can be tessellated. The nice thing about boxes is they allow you to make a nice model while folding only a single molecule of a tessellation which saves time when you want to publish a new design but lack the time to make a larger composition.

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Box with Two-in-one Flower Tessellation molecule

Boxes with Two-in-one Flower Tesselaltion molecule variants

These boxes are decorated with individual molecules of my Two-in-one flower tessellation.

Many variants of the basic molecule are possible. The second box uses the variant I dubbed the Nuclear Flower because it resembles a symbol often used in atomic / nuclear physics — orbitals around a nucleus.

The molecule can be tessellated to fill the whole plane but since it uses an 8×8 grid, when placed centrally inside a 16×16 grid, it can be conveniently shaped as an ornament on the lid of a box. I used these models to test red Elephant Hide paper which I was happy to be able to buy as it is becoming increasingly rare.

[ discuss box with plain molecule on flickr ]
[ discuss Nuclear Flower Box on flickr ]

Nuclear Flower Box (Two-in-one Flower Tessellation molecule variant)
Tessellated Box (Square Interlace Tessellation)

Tessellated Box and Bracelet (Square Interlace Tessellation)

An origami bracelet that comes in a matching box. The pattern is my Square Interlace Tessellation. The bracelet, the box lid and the bottom part of the box are each made from a single sheet of graphite Elephant Hide paper. All items and the tessellation designed and folded by me.

These models are going to Origami House Colonia, an origami museum which is being created in Uruguay.

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Tessellated Bracelet and Box (Square Interlace Tessellation)
Thin-walled Box

Thin-walled Box

This box has just one layer of paper in most places so it uses paper effectively, allowing you to make a large box with given sheet size. In contrast to Common Box, outside is completely smooth, and this box is also much stronger than Common Box. The downside is that the lock of the corners is placed inside rather than outside which takes away some space and may make placing objects inside the box difficult. However, I designed this box with the purpose of using it as a lower part of two-part box sets — to be matched to decorated box lids, and this role it fulfills quite well.

It’s a simple design so I wouldn't be surprised if someone had come up with it before.

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Plain Box

Plain Box

I rarely fold boxes but recently I needed one and could not find any satisfying model online, so I designed this one. In contrast to most models I could find, this one is completely plain on the outside (no decoration at all), quite sturdy and it uses paper effectively (only two layers on the sides). There are several similarly good variants of the internal lock which hold the corners together.

Can be made from square or rectangular paper. A box and matching lid can be made from same-sized sheets.

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