Today I want to present to you my own version of the Origami Miniature Hexagonal Box. This is actually my second visit to this legendary Origami box model by Tomoko Fuse. I wrote about this Origami Hexagonal Box design previously in 2015. You should check it out if you want to see a different finish of the Box lid. The diagram to this model can be found in Tomoko Fuse‘s book “Origami Boxes from a Single Sheet”, p. 46 for the bottom of the box & p. 52 for the lid of the box. The book is in Japanese only, but the diagrams are easy to understand. If you can’t find this book anymore, it was also published in her recent “Origami Box Book Nr. 3“.

Tip: Papers I usually buy on Ebay or Origami Shop. Japanese books I tend to buy from CDJapan.

Paper & Measurements

As some of you already know, I like to experiment with Origami – for example turn a regular box into a Miniature Box (see Miniature Origami Rose Box). A regular size box is started from A4 size rectangular paper (21 x 29.7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 in), whereas my smaller version of the Origami Miniature Hexagonal Box was made from paper about 6.3 cm / 2.4 in length and about 3 cm / 1.1 in height (I used different height measurements for all boxes). The lids were a tiny fraction larger to fit the box bottom.

I think, Japanese pastel colored Kami, like this one from Toyo would look nice as well. The orange / patterned paper from the pictures is from the Origami Shop.

The finished smallest Miniature Hexagonal Origami Box (orange top & patterned bottom) has a diameter of 1.6 cm / 0.6 in and the panels each are 0.9 cm / 0.35 in long.

For the uni colored boxes (or lids) I used just plain old Notes paper and for the patterned box bottom I used duo colored Origami paper from the Origami Shop. Both papers worked reasonably well for transforming it into a Miniature model.

Origami Miniature Hexagonal Box – Tools Used

I mostly used my fingers, but tweezers were necessary for some steps (or parts of them) as well. It always matters how tall (in relationship to the diameter) the box is. Obviously taller means less easy access for folding down the pleats. And if I would have to compare the difficulty of folding the bottom to the lid, the lid was slightly easier to collapse, as you have better access to the pleats. In all cases, you really need to properly pre-crease those pleats before the collapsing of the model.

Shaping of the Lid

The lid of the Origami Miniature Hexagonal Box can be shaped in a variety of ways. I have chosen 2 different ones for my Miniature Hexagonal Boxes. Here it is very advisable to have tweezers at hand. And even with tweezers, the top finish does not look pristine (Reason are the pre-folds that need to be made, that kind of crumble the paper).

All in all, the Origami Miniature Hexagonal Box was a fun and enjoyable model to fold. You should give it a try if you like boxes. 🙂

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