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A Cute Origami Cat -It’s a Box Too! (Version 1 of 2)

Do you like origami cats? What about origami boxes? Gay Merrill Gross has combined two traditional origami figures –a cat’s head and a Sanbo box, and designed this delightful origami cat-box!

This two-piece origami cat-box is the perfect model to fill with candy or other small items to give away as a present on a festive occasion. Head and body lock together securely so there is no need for glue or fasteners.

Using Gay’s idea as a springboard for one of my own, I was inspired to design another version of a cat-box. I’ll be presenting this version here on Origami Spirit in an upcoming post.

The following step-by-step video shows how to make Gay’s cat. Thank you Gay for granting permission to present your model.

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Tips and suggestions for making the origami cat

  • Use thin paper such as ‘Kami’.
  • Two squares of paper are needed, one for the body and one for the head.
  • The side of the square used for the head should be half of the side of the square used for the body.
  • A 6 x 6-inch (15 × 15cm) piece of paper or bigger is perfect for the body.
  • A 3 x 3-inch (7.5 x.7.5cm) piece of paper is the corresponding size for the head.
  • The body shows only one side of the paper. It isn’t necessary to use paper with a different color on each side.
  • The head does show both sides of the paper. For a great effect use paper with different color on each side.

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Origami Cat-Box –Version 2
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27 thoughts on “A Cute Origami Cat -It’s a Box Too! (Version 1 of 2)”

  1. Thanks Leyla it is awesome but I have a question can you post other animal boxes like this and maybe a lockable one or one that transforms.I am really into origami that you can fiddle with like flexahedron and using your video,I designed a transforming box.Thanks a lot!!!

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  2. Dear Ms. Torres,

    Hello! Would you some day do a tutorial for Michael LaFosse’s A butterfly for ALice Gray?

    Thank you.

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  3. Hi Leyla,
    Love both versions of the cat. I will be doing both.
    You are a great teacher! So patient, calm and your instructions are easy to follow.
    I am very glad I found Origami Spirit. I am getting older and have found origami is great for my memory. I watch your tutorials and make the piece, then try it again by memory.
    Most of the time I succeed. I take care of my grandson and have made many of the animals. He loves watching too. We have quite a collection.
    Thank you so much.
    Pat

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    • Hi Pat,
      Thank you for your warm words. I’m happy that you and your grandson can enjoy origami together. I love how this lovely activity can connect people of all ages.

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