A few days ago I was looking through those incredible cute NOA (Japanese Origami Association) magazines. They publish a monthly magazine that features the absolute cutest Origami you could ever find. Anyway, so I came across this super sweet Rabbit-shaped piggybank by Ayako Kawate. The diagram can be found in NOA 425 from January 2011. You can get backorder issues from CDJapan – Issue NOA 425.
Paper & Folding
You will need a square Kami paper or double sided Origami paper. I used 15 cm x 15 cm / 5.9 in x 5.9 in paper, which will result in a Bunny Box the size of 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm x 5.3 cm / 1.8 in x 1.8 in x 2.1 in. The slot is just right to put in a coin with a little bit space to spare. I would suggest to use a bit thicker paper than Kami, as the Rabbit box could use a bit more stability – and it will be easier for it to keep its shape.
The folding starts off from the Blintz Base – and is easy. All together there are 20 steps until your model is finished. The part that closes your bunny box on the back does not close 100% on the very top, but almost. 😉 Use a bonefolder, blunt knife or pencil to get the box to open up – to get into its final pyramid shape.
The Rabbit-shaped Moneybox is such an adorable Origami project, that is suitable for advanced beginners and onwards. Not only will you be able to cherish the folding process, but will also enjoy the Bunny box on your desk to collect spare change. It is easy to open, once you need some small coins, and very easy to close up again.