The diagram to this Origami sliding box can be found in the book from Makoto Yamaguchi, “The A to Z of Origami in English“.

The Origami Sliding Box is a modular model – the top and bottom of the box are made of 4 square sheets each. As with all modular Origami boxes, your creativity can have free reign and you can mix different colors and even textures. I opted in my Origami Sliding Boxes for two colors. You could even have different colors for the bottom and the lid of the box.

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To complete a set of a bottom and a lid, you will need 8 square sheets of Kami. The finished model will only show one side, you don’t need dual colored paper. The measurements of my paper are 15 cm x 15 cm / 6 in x 6 in and the finished sliding box measures: 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm x 6 cm /1.8 in x 1.8 in x 2.4 in.

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As the lid has to fit snugly over the bottom of the box, you need to take in account to leave 1.5 cm / 0.6 more space while folding the segments for the top. The exact instructions are in the video tutorial below. All modular boxes are not as stable as single sheet folded boxes. If you intend to use your box more than as a decoration you should use some glue for the bottom and top flaps. I suggest you fold your box first and see for yourself. Also thinner Origami paper might be less stable and more bendy than using thicker card stock. Please take this into consideration while choosing the appropriate paper for your model.


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