As I am now in this one-sheet Origami box phase, it was time to do a project on this marvelous rectangular pleated Origami box by Clemente Giusto. This box has such a distinct design, that I am sure, most of you have seen pictures of it. You can find the CP and accompanying pictures on Rosemary Lyndall Wemm’s website. If the CP is not enough, she also made a picture tutorial of this interesting Origami box.
Paper, Ratio & Measurements
You will need one piece of paper with the Ratio of 1:1.25 or 1:0.8. The paper will be creased in 8 x 10 sections. The biggest box I made, was from regular A4 size paper. For that I multiplied the shorter side (21 cm) by 1.25. Now you have the measurements of your paper: 21 cm x 26.25 cm. Apply the same principle to any other size paper (inches). The smaller box was made from 15 cm square Origami paper. You will need to cut of a strip so you end up with the measurements of 15 cm x 12 cm / 5.9 in x 4.7 in. And my smallest box was made from 7.6 cm square paper, with the measurements of 7.65 cm x 6.1 cm / 3 in x 2.4 in.
If you are aiming for a sturdy Origami box, then use card stock paper. You will trade in though the flexibility and ease of folding. If you are intending to fold smaller boxes, then go for Origami paper. The big box (blue) was made from card stock – and you can see the inaccuracy in the finished box. Whereas the smaller boxes (pink checkered box) and the smallest box (1.5 cm x 3 cm x 0.75 cm) were made from Origami paper. I will not recommend to the average folder the smallest box. You need to take in consideration that you will need to divide your paper by folding into 8 x 10 squares. I took it as a challenge and for sure enjoy the end result.
As I mentioned above, your first step is to crease your paper (white side up) into 8 x 10 sections. To fold it into 8 is no problem as you get there easily by dividing each time into half. To fold the longer side of the paper into 10 sections is a slight problem. I did not solve it via Origami ways, but just calculated the length divided by 10 – and marked the first 5 on my paper. From there I folded the remaining 5 creases easily. Mrs. Lyndall Wemm shows you a solution to this problem by doing it the “Origami” way.
The collapse of the model is nicely shown in the pictures, so I hope you won’t have a problem making your own box. For most of you the CP should be enough explanation on how to fold this model.
I hope you enjoy this little introduction to this amazing pleated Origami box. Please leave a comment if you have any questions about this model or any other.