Traditional origami models can be excellent points of departure for creating new and ingenious paper figures. Many new models have their origin in a seemingly small change applied to an existing model.
This heart-shaped paper box is a wonderful example of this idea. The box is made by adding only a couple of folds to the traditional masu box, which is in itself simple and versatile.
This variation of the masu box is a creation of Romi Halabaso (Philippines). To make it we will fold two paper boxes –one box being the lid, and the other the base. The lid will have a diamond shape, and, when removed, will reveal the base of the box which will display the shape of a heart.
It’s a heart and a diamond, two in one, perfect for a sweet Valentine’s day gift!
The following step-by-step video shows how to make Romi’s Heart-Diamond Box. Thank you Romi for granting permission to present your model in this video!
Tips and suggestions for making this paper box
- In the video the heart-shaped box is demonstrated using thin kami paper, known in the U.S. as “origami paper”.
- Other papers –office paper, gift-wrapping or paper from old magazines, are also suitable.
- Only one side of the paper is visible on the finished model. It is not necessary to use paper of different color on each side.
- Use a piece of paper 6×6 inches (15x15cm.) to learn it.
- Make the lid in the same way as the base but use a square paper whose side is 1/32 bigger than the paper used for the base.
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