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Origami Bunny Box –Don’t wait for Easter to fold it!

Origami box in the shape of a rabbit

Making origami animals is magical. The process of folding a flat piece of paper into a recognizable figure is mesmerizing and entertaining in itself.  And it is terrific  when we can relate the finished creature to a cherished holiday. This origami rabbit box is a perfect example of origami magic!

Origami artist Jacky Chan (Hong Kong) is the designer of t this origami rabbit. He calls  it “Origami Little Rabbit Lantern”.  It is made with one square of paper colored on one side and white on the other.

I first learned of this origami rabbit through a video made by Jacky. He starts placing the paper with the  color side up, resulting in a rabbit with colored body and white ears.

If you want to end up with a white bunny with colored ears, as the ones in the photograph above, start with the white side up. The rabbit is perfect to place small chocolate Easter eggs. And it is very easy to fold.

I have made a video myself, which includes instructions in English and subtitles in Spanish. Thank you Jacky for your permission to share origami instructions for your delightful rabbit in this video.

origami rabbit boxes

Don’t wait for Easter to fold it, but be careful with origami rabbits…they do tend to proliferate!

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  • Louisa March 27, 2018, 7:46 am

    Thankyou! This was a fabulous clip – got it first time round with your clear and easy to follow instructions.

  • #Halloween is tomarow October 30, 2015, 7:23 pm

    Awesome bunny

  • Richard Dominguez July 9, 2015, 8:44 pm

    Wonderful idea,but as someone else suggested, some of us work better from written directions as opposed to video

    • Leyla Torres July 9, 2015, 9:00 pm

      Hi Richard,
      I understand that different people have different preferences for how to learn origami. At the moment videos is all I have to offer. Friendly greetings.

      • Richard March 28, 2018, 10:06 pm

        You are so right, the funny thing is that since I wrote that comment I am now a big huge fan and subscriber of your YouTube channel, your tutorials are wonderful and your voice is very relaxing, I enjoy your channel very much, thank you for sharing

        • Leyla Torres March 29, 2018, 3:30 pm

          Hi Richard, Welcome to origami Spirit and thank you for your nice comment. It makes me happy to hear that you are enjoying it!

  • C.C. March 22, 2015, 6:08 pm

    I glued a cotton ball on as a lil tail. So cute! I made a family of them, and they are currently having fun on the mantle. Thanks for the tutorial! :)

    • Leyla Torres March 25, 2015, 6:57 pm

      Great, I’m sure your mantle is looking very festive. Thank you for sharing!

  • C.C. March 22, 2015, 5:18 pm

    If I fold a thousand of these, will i get a wish? ;)

    • Leyla Torres March 25, 2015, 6:58 pm

      Hi C.C. I don’t know if you will get your wish, but you should hop on the idea, it might just happen!

  • Lê Minh Tú March 6, 2015, 2:31 am

    thank you for this tutorial ^^ i did it, though it’s a little bigger than i thought it would be but still very cute

  • Brenda Sanchez April 17, 2014, 11:06 am

    It was good until you get to the 9 minutes….

  • Annika Foote April 9, 2014, 12:16 pm

    I wish I could find double sided paper like yours. Any ideas?

    • Leyla Torres April 10, 2014, 9:44 am

      Hi Annika,
      Available paper depends on where you live. I buy some paper online. On the right-side column of my website you find some links to some nice double-sided paper offered by Amazon.

  • aleesa April 6, 2014, 6:38 pm

    this will be perfect to send to my brother!!! thanks for posting this leyla!

    • Leyla Torres April 7, 2014, 11:58 am

      You are welcome Aleesa. I’m happy you like i!

  • madi Rose March 26, 2014, 1:54 am

    How did you get the right measurements for the paper? Did you cut it yourself? :)

    • Leyla Torres March 26, 2014, 11:02 am

      Hi Madi,

      You make it with a square piece of paper. Ssize 6 x 6 inches (15x15cm) is ideal, but you can make it a bit bigger or smaller if you prefer.

  • tess February 28, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Great tutorial: I had to stop it about a million times to figure out the fold. But I got it, eventually. My practice rabbit is a little shop-worn, from re-folding. I’ll try it again tomorrow with some colored paper for the big wow! Thanks, Leyla!

    • Leyla Torres March 26, 2014, 10:59 am

      Congratulations Tess, for your persistence. The more you make the easier it will become!

  • Cathy January 19, 2014, 11:13 am

    This is very cute, and the instructions and visuals are excellent. Thank you

  • Jackie March 28, 2013, 5:24 am

    I love this great tutorial I have featured it on my blog with a link back here Thanks for sharing

  • Magdalena Milkova March 27, 2013, 9:50 am

    I like it very much and I did it.Thank you Leila Torres.

  • Jessie March 23, 2013, 9:45 pm

    I’m sorry but I ripped it.. this is too hard.

    • Leyla Torres March 25, 2013, 9:42 pm

      Hi Jessie,

      Congratulations for trying it. I totally understand your frustration. Sometimes we need to grow our skills before we are able to make certain origami figures. You might want to try your hand at folding some of the models featured on this page of easier origami figures.

      But do go back to this rabbit and try again in the future. Our minds are elastic and work in mysterious ways. When we try more than once, relax into the process and take it slowly, then we are rewarded with a successful ending. Give yourself some time.

      There is no need to yell. Origami teaches us patience!

  • Jessie March 23, 2013, 9:38 pm


    • Leyla Torres March 25, 2013, 9:40 pm
      • aleesa April 6, 2014, 7:20 pm

        gesh girly! calm down, i wasfrusterated too but i didn’t end up hating this site!

  • Natalie March 14, 2013, 12:02 pm

    Dear Leyla
    15 Minutes ago i saw your rabbit on the crafty crow and now a sweet rabbit basket is sitting ahead from me. Thanks for that very good origami-video-tutorial!
    Kind Regards

    • Leyla Torres March 14, 2013, 1:04 pm

      Great Nataly… rabbits tend to reproduce fast! You might have your house full of bunnies in no time ;-)

  • Katie c February 13, 2013, 5:42 pm

    Dear Leyla,
    Have only just started watching the video for this and loving it. Will be having a go tomorrow, too late for now. Bizarre I know as everyone is commenting on the gorgeous origami, but I’m admiring the rather useful tool you have to help fold and pick out fold s and creases. Is it a special origami tool or something you have fashioned yourself.
    Many thanks for everything and to everyone else for their inspirational additions x

    • Leyla Torres February 13, 2013, 10:14 pm

      Hi Katie,
      I hope you have good success in making the rabbit. The folding tool is something I offer for sale here in Origami Spirit.
      I personally love it because it reduces finger stress when folding!
      Here is the link in case you would like to get one.

  • lalagirl November 1, 2012, 2:32 am

    This isn’t the thing i wanted but it’s cute!

  • kalsang March 22, 2012, 5:14 am

    thanks for uploading, its intertesting.

  • Deb Ebner March 18, 2012, 4:56 pm

    What size paper do you need to start with for the larger bunny?

    • Leyla Torres March 19, 2012, 10:40 am

      I think I folded them with 6×6 inch paper -15x15cm

  • Terry Sams March 5, 2012, 6:23 pm

    is there supposed to be sound with this? If so, I am not getting it for some reason.

    • Leyla Torres March 5, 2012, 8:10 pm

      No, there is no sound with this. Just follow it and stop and go back whenever you might not understand. It’s is matter of observation skills here.

  • Ryynette November 27, 2011, 10:05 am


  • Make handmade September 12, 2011, 12:22 am

    Great tutorial! Love it, thanks for sharing

  • David Wires August 14, 2011, 9:30 pm

    They look like bunny slippers. This is So much better than the blow up bunny.

  • Annette May 6, 2011, 11:31 pm

    Thanks for the video instructions! I made 45 of these for Easter for our family dinner and for people at work. I used polka dotted origami paper and filled the rabbits with grass and Easter chocolate eggs. I also glued a small white pom pom for its tail. Everyone loved them!

    • Leyla Torres May 6, 2011, 11:35 pm

      Hi Annette, it sounds like you had a lot of fun! If you post photos of your rabbits somewhere in the internet, please share the link here. I’d love to see them!

  • Joey Ramone April 25, 2011, 10:32 am

    Thanks Leyla! You’re welcome, I’m glad that you like them!
    Best wishes, Joey

  • Joey Ramone April 24, 2011, 3:33 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for such a great tutorial, and to show you what I’ve made – big life-sized rabbits and placed them in my garden (only to take the photos – not left them there, they would eat all my plants! hee hee!)

    Happy Easter and best wishes

    • Leyla Torres April 25, 2011, 2:00 am

      Thank you for sharing the photos. The yellow rabbits look great in the garden!

  • zx April 22, 2011, 2:51 pm

    couldnt get any of it

    • Ellen April 23, 2011, 12:20 pm

      neither can I … it’s impossible =(

      • Rebecca March 28, 2013, 11:02 pm

        I didn’t get it until I watched it again

  • Alison April 20, 2011, 2:30 pm

    Are there any voice instructions as he folds? I can’t hear anything and my volume is way up.

    • Leyla Torres April 20, 2011, 7:22 pm

      Sorry Alison, what we see is what we get. Be patient and follow carefully. It can be done!!

  • kel April 19, 2011, 3:47 pm

    WOW! these things to multiply!!!
    So cute and easy to make…..after some practice that is.
    Thx for sharing!

    • Leyla Torres April 20, 2011, 7:23 pm

      Yes, it requires some practice but it can be done. Congratulations for making it!

  • ctb April 17, 2011, 3:18 pm

    So very cute & clever, but…Ack! I cannot stand instructional videos! I followed the video & made 1 rabbit box, but this is not something I can easily remember every step for – much prefer a portable, printable diagram, so I don’t have to sit & watch a video every time I want to make this….

    • Leyla Torres April 20, 2011, 7:29 pm

      I agree with you, I prefer portable diagrams too!!! Unfortunately I don’t have any.
      You might want to make yourself some step folds, so that you can remember.

  • oneillma April 17, 2011, 1:40 pm

    So cute!! I used pretty Japanese folding paper and it turned out SO CUTE!! The video tutorial is great (I found that the space bar will pause and restart…who knew?!)

  • Scifimom April 15, 2011, 10:33 am

    I made four since yesterday, One to try the design, one for each of my daughters and a tiny one out of a post it note. YES they do tend to proliferate. Greetings from Greece

  • Amy April 6, 2011, 7:34 pm

    Ahh! Took me forever but I finally finished! Phew! This took me longer to fold than eating lunch! But it was worth it!

    • Leyla Torres April 6, 2011, 7:36 pm

      Good for you, you should be proud, congratulations!!!

  • Susanne April 6, 2011, 11:45 am

    lovely little bunny and a nice give away
    thanks Leyla

  • Maureen March 31, 2011, 2:58 am

    Awesome bunny box. Made me giggle when I was done folding him. What a great Easter egg basket. Thanks for posting.

  • Candace Paska March 29, 2011, 12:36 am

    Hi, Leyla,
    Thank you for posting this. With lots of pauses, I was able to successfully fold this very cute model. Kay Eng taught it at Folding Sunday yesterday at the AMNH, but I missed it and could not wait to get home and try folding from the video.

    • Leyla Torres March 29, 2011, 12:48 am

      Hy Candace,
      This is a nice little container and very appropriate for these days. I’m glad you were successful folding it.

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  • Rachel January 25, 2011, 3:37 am

    Is anybody can send me the instruction to fold this Origami Bunny-box?

    Appreciate the most if someone could help me!


    • Leyla Torres January 25, 2011, 3:09 pm

      The video to fold it is right within this post. Please watch it. :)

    • Amy April 9, 2011, 9:47 pm

      I folded it. It’s pretty easy. The lock inisde the bunny box was the hardest. I watched the video 4 times before understanding it! Good luck!

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