One Origami Box, Three Variations

If you have been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed how much we love sharing origami boxes for all occasions. As with those previous box posts, I’m sure you’ll love this origami swirl box too!

Jannie van Schuylenburg* (Netherlands), shared two variations of her lovely creation with me:

  • One with a flower on its top -Swirl Hydrangea Box
  • One that looks like a snow-capped mountain -Mount Fuji

Jannie asked if I would make a video tutorial. After folding them I said yes, of course! This box by Jannie is both elegant and easy to make! To me the model also suggests another variation:

  • A Christmas tree!

Here is the video tutorial showing the three variations, along with a big ‘Thank You, Jannie!’ for sharing with all of us.

Tips and suggestions for making the swirl box

  • In the video, the box is demonstrated using kami paper, known in the US as Origami Paper, which is thin and crisp.
  • Different kind of papers can be used to make this origami box. “Tant” or regular office paper are good choices and might be better than the thinner kami paper.
  • The box shows both sides of the paper. For best effect, two of the variations, the flower and mount Fuji, require paper of different color on each side.
  • To make the tree, use paper of the same color on both sides.
  • A good size to learn the model would be 6×6-inch (15×15cm). Once you have practiced, you can use bigger or smaller squares of paper.

* About Jannie van Schuylenburg
Jannie is a talented designer from The Netherlands, and she is the special guest of the Swiss Origami Convention in September of 2015.
Jannie has published several origami books including “Send a Garland Full of Wishes” and “Geld Vouwen” (Folding Money) available directly from Jannie through her Facebook page. The other books: “Das Größe Lichterbuch-2”, “Wasser Spaß mit Origami Schiffen” and “Origami Ships /Origami Schiffe” can be found on the Internet.

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15 thoughts on “One Origami Box, Three Variations”

  1. Dear Leyla,
    Thank you again for sharing my model and the lovely idea of the Christmas tree.
    And so nice that many people can use it on this way.
    When needed…. I’ve designed many lovely boxes.
    Love Jannie

  2. I loved it Leyla. I loved the boxes especially Mt. Fuji box. It looks very cute. Brilliant work. Thank you so much for these wonderful videos that you upload in Youtube as well as this site. Thank you once again.:)

  3. What a brilliant little box! Thank you Leyla, for yet another superb tutorial as well as a thank you to Jannie van Schuylenburg for this very clever creation. I can see the Christmas table already! :-)

  4. Thank you Leyla, for all the wonderful Origami Spirit e mails you send. I truly
    appreciate receiving them. I’m looking forward to trying this swirl box.

    San Mateo, CA


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