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With the approach of the holiday season this festive origami twist box is an easy-to-make container for a small gift. Fold the box using red and green papers for Christmas or orange and black papers for Halloween. As a wedding favor the box could be folded with white or pastel colors; for a birthday party any bright and festive colors will do.

The box’s designer, David Martínez (Venezuela), developed this twist box while experimenting on how to divide a piece of paper in equal parts using methods described by Kazuo Haga, and Kunihiko Kasahara.

David folds his box  from an A4 proportioned rectangle, but in the following video we’ll start with a 7-inch square, divide it in five equal sections, and then cut out the rectangle.

David Martínez discovered origami when he was ten years old through a book his sister borrowed from the library. He enjoys folding different kinds of models but currently has been experimenting with geometric origami made from papers that are not square.
Many of David’s origami creations can be seen on his flickr page. When he is not folding paper, David likes to spend time with his family and friends. He will soon be completing his college degree in computer engineering.

Origami Twist Boxes

{ 21 comments… add one }
  • cristiane November 23, 2015, 2:19 am

    I’m speechless! That’s amazing! I’m gonna try with the kids at school. Christmas time is coming. Thanks a lot!

  • gfffff September 19, 2014, 8:23 am

    great……its the best if all.thankyou for viedeo and pohoto.

    have nice time.

  • ari January 10, 2014, 3:12 pm

    hola leyla no tienes mas mariposas gracias !!!!

    • Leyla Torres January 10, 2014, 4:29 pm

      Por lo pronto no, pero en un par de meses habrá una más!

  • ari January 10, 2014, 3:11 pm

    hola leyla esta muy muy bueno este tutorial

  • Diahann August 13, 2013, 5:21 pm

    Leyla – I actually laughed out loud when I completed this model. It was such an elegant box and I felt so proud that I was able to get it right. You are an excellent teacher. Your videos and instructions are so clear that as a folder it gives me confidence that I can complete the model. Please keep posting your videos and your delightful models.

  • Edna Siu January 31, 2013, 11:55 pm

    I am your true fans for origami, I like each and every one of your designs and teachings.
    I teach Sunday School at my church, and once a month we have crafts session for the grade oners to grade sixers, once in a while I teach origami, and the kids love to learn, although sometimes they cannot catch up some steps, they are excited to make every second steps, it is so encouraging that some of them are very talented of paper folding.
    Thank you so much for your tutorials.

  • Ryynette November 26, 2011, 5:50 pm

    Nice video! Very understandable!

  • Amy November 14, 2011, 6:05 pm

    Many, many, many folds, but it was worth it! I almost gave up because of all the folds! :)

    • Leyla Torres November 14, 2011, 7:24 pm

      Good for you Amy, for not giving up, congratulations!

  • David Wires November 13, 2011, 4:13 pm

    Wow! so sweet. nice “twist” on a box. Like your ornament, really adds to the festiveness..

    • Leyla Torres November 13, 2011, 5:27 pm

      Thank you for commenting here. The curly ornament was a fun idea. I just wanted to add something more festive!

  • Gloria October 22, 2011, 1:40 pm

    hola Leyla que padre esta la cajita de regalo gracias por compartirlo.
    me gusta mucho el origami.

  • Pam October 21, 2011, 2:17 pm

    I had fun folding with you at PCOC. Thank you for the jelly bellies!
    ps. of course, I loved the twist box, too

  • luciacara October 20, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Nice box, David! Thank you for the tutorial, Leyla!

  • Marcela Brina October 18, 2011, 6:25 pm

    Very cute boxes! The ornament at the top make them perfect!

  • Rosemary October 18, 2011, 10:56 am

    What a fantastic model! Thank you as always, Leyla for a clear and concise folding tutorial. Thank you as well to David Martinez for sharing this wonderful origami creation. Soon there will be little boxes all over the house (smile).

    Best wishes,


    • Leyla Torres October 18, 2011, 11:00 am

      Great Rosemary, I filled my studio with boxes just before going to PCOC, so I placed some jelly beans inside and brought them as gifts for origami friends!

  • nat October 17, 2011, 11:09 pm

    Hermoso! Y muy claras las instrucciones. Muchas gracias, Leyla. Siempre es un gusto tu sitio.

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