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

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 thoughts on “Easy Paper Box -It’s a Heart and a Diamond!”

    • 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.

  1. Hi
    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——

  2. 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 !

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

    • 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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