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Origami Chinese Takeout Box

As most of you probably already know, I’m a huge fan of themed parties and decorations. I’ve used chinese takeout boxes for past events and activities, but never really got around to making them from scratch. I always used store-bought ones, and just decorated them as needed. As usual, I sat down and tried to figure out how I could origami my way into making it. I kind of did! Read on to learn how.

For this tutorial, I used a double-sided square sheet of scrapbook paper (Colorbök Beach House Signature Collection). To start I folded the square in half vertically and horizontally to make four quadrants.

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Then, I folded the square in half diagonally (both ways) to make four triangular sections.

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Keeping the square as a triangle, pop one corner towards the peak of the triangle. Flip the sheet over and repeat with the other side.

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You should end up with a square that looks like this from the top.

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And like this from the bottom corner.

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Keeping your sheet of paper in that square or diamond fold. Fold one corner towards the center fold.

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Repeat with the other side, meeting the other fold in the center.

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It should look something like this.

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Fold the open edge towards the middle fold.

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Flip the sheet over, and repeat on the other side. Fold the side flaps towards the middle fold.

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Fold the open flap to meet the other folds in the center.

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Much like reading a book, turn one page.

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Fold the open flap towards the center, keeping the bottom fold aligned with the rest.

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Flip a couple pages back.

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Repeat the same fold.

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Lastly, fold the top portion towards the center.

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It should look like a square.

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Now, we’re going to open up the box. Slowly pull opposite edges apart.

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Just until it starts to form a box. The sheet might want to unravel itself, so you’re going to have to hold the box in place.

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On one side on the box, you’ll find two folds on the outside.

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You can tape or punch them together. Repeat on the opposite side

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All done!

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How will you use your origami chinese takeout boxes? Tag @mikkomix or @itrydiy when you post your final projects on instagram. I’d love to see your work! Happy crafting!