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Easy Paper Box -It’s a Heart and a Diamond! post image

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 or as a Jewelry Box.

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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{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Chila Caldera July 31, 2015, 1:58 pm

    What a sweet little model. Thank you for sharing!

  • h luis February 4, 2015, 11:01 am

    De tutorial was zo duidelijk dat ik versteld stond van het eind resultaat. dank je wel Leyla

  • skybluebudgie January 30, 2015, 6:08 am

    lovely and thank you :>)

  • hyphen8 January 30, 2015, 3:43 am

    What a clever idea! Thank you Romi for allowing Leyla to share it with us, and thank you Leyla for your wonderful blog.

    This is what I did with it:

    • Leyla Torres January 30, 2015, 10:12 am

      Great! I had indented both corners as well but didn’t show any photo of my result. I like that the boxes are somewhat modular and lent themselves to playing with different group-arrangements. Thank you for sharing your photos.

  • Diana January 29, 2015, 2:12 am

    What a wonderful box. I got so excited making them I had 5 boxes before I came up for air. Thanks for bringing us another great model. Next on to the sheep——

    • Leyla Torres January 29, 2015, 11:05 am

      I’m glad you like it Diana. I made many of them when I first learned it. It can be addictive!!

  • Elsa Lucia Cabrera January 27, 2015, 5:23 pm

    Dear Leyla,

    What a perfect box to made for Valentine’s Day!!


    Elsa Lucia

  • Claudia Schlenker January 27, 2015, 11:13 am

    Dear Leyla,
    thanks once again for this lovely box. It is really easy to follow and I enjoyed mastering
    it. I have learned such a lot from you already.

    Claudia from Germany !

  • Rosemary Browne January 27, 2015, 8:44 am

    Love it! What a fantastic model. Thank you to the creator – Romi and of course to the teacher extraordinaire: “Leyla.”

    • Leyla Torres January 27, 2015, 10:15 am

      Isn’t it ingenious, Rosemary? I loved it since the moment I saw it in a photo and couldn’t resist figuring out the folding process! I’m glad Romi gave me permission to share it here in Origami Sipirit. Yay, thank you Romi!

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