Origami-first designs


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More restrictive types: box lid, box, coaster, other decoration, modular box, origami-first design corrugation, modular origami-first design, single-sheet origami-first design, origami jewelry, other modular origami-first designs, other origami object, picture frame, single-sheet box, tato

There are a group of models which I call origami-first designs and which could also be described as useful origami or origami objects. These are origami models such as boxes which can be used in and of themselves. They are not abstract designs, but they can’t be called figurative, either, since they do not try to represent any other objects. They just stand for themselves and are designed as origami from the ground up.

This page lists models of a single type. You might be interested in folding instructions instead.
Box with Woven Triangles VII

Box with Woven Triangles VII

In this variant, the triangles are located in a deeper layer of paper, as if peeking through an opening in a wall.

Predictable Box II

Predictable Box II

Just as is the case with Predictable Box I, the purpose of Predictable Box II is to have predictable inner dimensions, which in turn makes it possible to use...

Heart-Shaped Coil

Heart-Shaped Coil

This is a model I designed and folded back in 2016. It is made from the same kind of units as Single-Module Modular Heart. Any number of units can be used si...

Sawtooth Box (variant C)

Sawtooth Box (variant C)

This variant of Sawtooth Box looks most similar of all my variants to the designs of two authors who had an almost identical idea before me (see the main var...

Masu Box

Masu Box

Traditional Masu Box, often used as an example of a simple origami box.

Sawtooth Box (variant B)

Sawtooth Box (variant B)

Another variant of Sawtooth Box. It differs from variant A by having the triangular flaps locked to the walls of the box. This creates a nice diagonal color-...

Sawtooth Box (variant A)

Sawtooth Box (variant A)

This is a simple box with a color change. I designed several variants (posts coming up), most with the triangular flaps (“saw teeth”) locked onto the walls. ...

Box with Woven Triangles VI

Box with Woven Triangles VI

After a break, I’m back to presenting variants of molecules from the Woven Triangles tessellation series. Again, it’s a single tessellation molecule used to ...

Heart Bracelet II

Heart Bracelet II

I designed this simple bracelet with hearts based on a traditional bracelet that has a decoration of squares (check out a comparison of these models).

Edelweiss Box (variant A)

Edelweiss Box (variant A)

I derived this design from my Shamrock 1.1 Box. Just like the former, it can be tessellated. It is named after a rare flower which grows in the mountains.

Origami Fog Stoppers for Face Mask

Origami Fog Stoppers for Face Mask

If you wear glasses like me, you are probably quite frustrated by the fog which the mask creates on your glasses, especially in winter. This simple origami d...

Whirlwind Box

Whirlwind Box

This box is decorated with Whirlwind molecule which can also be used for a tessellation. Its design is closely related to my Woven Triangles family, but I ga...

Shamrock 1.1 Box (Refold)

Shamrock 1.1 Box (Refold)

A new fold of my Shamrock 1.1 Box — compared to the previous one, I managed to fold and shape the stem in a cleaner way. The shamrock can be tessellated.

Flower Pot II

Flower Pot II

Another simple origami container whose bottom is not flat. It looks like a green mound, on top of which you can place a plant or some other object.

Flower Pot I

Flower Pot I

A simple geometric origami container whose bottom is not flat.

Box with Woven Triangles IV

Box with Woven Triangles IV

This origami box is decorated with a tessellation molecule from the Woven Triangle family. In contrast to Woven Triangles I, II and III, Woven Triangles IV m...

Box with Woven Triangles III

Box with Woven Triangles III

This is the third tessellation pattern in Woven Triangle family, and it looks good as a single molecule on a box as well.

Box with Woven Triangles XIII

Box with Woven Triangles XIII

Naming this box, the first in the Woven Triangles family, was a little misunderstanding. I originally labeled it number I since it was the first to be publis...

Box with Arrangement of Rectangles

Box with Arrangement of Rectangles

Recently, I came up with a family of patterns which result from placing four modified twists around the corners of a rectangle or square. Some variations are...

Box with Color-Change Star (Hexagonal)

Box with Color-Change Star (Hexagonal)

The technique used for this hexagonal box can be used for other polygons as well, resulting in boxes with a different number of sides. However, the minimum n...

Box with Decorated Maltese Cross

Box with Decorated Maltese Cross

Box with a heavily stylized Maltese Cross. The molecule can be tessellated or used on a box as in this picture. This design uses my Flagstone Paneling techni...

Box with Maltese Cross II

Box with Maltese Cross II

Another approach to the subject of Maltese Cross. The molecule can be tessellated or used on a box as in this picture. This design uses my Flagstone Paneling...

Box with Maltese Cross I

Box with Maltese Cross I

An origami box featuring the heraldic Maltese Cross. The molecule is based on the one used in Maltese Cross Framed and a slight variation of the one used in ...

Souvenir of the Sea (Box)

Souvenir of the Sea (Box)

Making a tessellation representing boats on the sea had been on my mind for quite some time when I finally came up with this design. It represents not just a...

Box with Cross Pattee IV

Box with Cross Pattee IV

An origami box featuring the heraldic Cross Pattee. This model uses my Flagstone Paneling technique in order to achieve a completely clean space around the m...

Box with Cross Pattee III

Box with Cross Pattee III

An origami box featuring the heraldic Cross Pattee. This model uses my Flagstone Paneling technique in order to achieve a completely clean space around the m...

Box with Cross Pattee II

Box with Cross Pattee II

An origami box featuring the heraldic Cross Pattee. This model uses my Flagstone Paneling technique in order to achieve a completely clean space around the m...

Box with Cross Pattee I

Box with Cross Pattee I

An origami box featuring the heraldic Cross Pattee.I used the same molecule in Cross Pattee Tessellation, and just as the tessellation, the box also uses my ...

Simple Woven Rhombi Box

Simple Woven Rhombi Box

A simple origami box, based on my Woven Rhombi Tessellation. Folded from a sheet of unique paper with a subtle floral motif, whose name I do not know.

Shamrock 1.1 Box

Shamrock 1.1 Box

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, here is a new version of my Shamrock Box (previous versions: 1.0 and two simplified variants). Current version was design...

Woven Square Box

Woven Square Box

A simple box lid derived from a modified Propellers Tessellation molecule.

Origami Free-Form Box: Poland

Origami Free-Form Box: Poland

Today, on November 11th, Poland is celebrating 100 years of regaining independence. This origami box which represents an outline of Poland is an example of t...

Lucky Star Box (Simplified)

Lucky Star Box (Simplified)

This is a model I will be teaching in just two weeks at a workshop during the 2018 CDO origami convention in Italy. The star can be used as a tessellation mo...

Heart Bracelet

Heart Bracelet

A bracelet with heart motif, folded from a single strip of red-gold duo color Washi paper.

Twirl Bowl

Twirl Bowl

This hexagonal dish is created as an intermediate step while collapsing my Sunk Star Box.

Lucky Star Box

Lucky Star Box

Origami box with Lucky Star molecule. The molecule can be tessellated and is based on hexagonal 8×8×8 grid.

Sunk Star Boxes (two enantiomers)

Sunk Star Boxes (two enantiomers)

Two folds of my Sunk Star Box with different twisting directions, side by side. Wherever there’s a twist in origami, we get two possible versions of the fold...

Sunk Star Box (Hexagonal)

Sunk Star Box (Hexagonal)

The star in the center of this box is a kind of twist which does not lie flat and therefore can form a box but not a tessellation. This model is a part of a ...

Sunk Star Box (Square)

Sunk Star Box (Square)

The star in the center of this box is a kind of twist which does not lie flat and therefore can form a box but not a tessellation. This model started a serie...

Wedge Flower Box (hexagonal)

Wedge Flower Box (hexagonal)

A hexagonal variant of my Wedge Flower Box. Due to the different angles than in square grid, petals do not automatically align in a nice way, so they have to...

Box with Wedge Flower Variant

Box with Wedge Flower Variant

This box is decorated with a variant of my Wedge Flower molecule in which the central part is flat. Folded from Textured Paper from BOS Supplies.

Box with Leaves (tip-to-tip, 32 divisions)

Box with Leaves (tip-to-tip, 32 divisions)

A fold of my Box with Leaves (tip-to-tip) where the leaves were folded using a 32-division pleat instead of the usual 16 divisions. I taught this model at Ou...

Wedge Flower Box

Wedge Flower Box

Origami box decorated with a molecule of my Wedge Flower Tessellation. Folded from Via Felt 100 gsm paper stained with tea using a technique developed by my ...

Ridges Corrugation (32×32 grid)

Ridges Corrugation (32×32 grid)

A larger fold of my Ridges Corrugation, folded from a 32×32 grid. Folded from the big grid, the model curls up more than the 16×16 version and can be used as...

Box with Star of David

Box with Star of David

A recent design of mine, a box with the Star of David, seen from the top. Folded from a single sheet of Tant paper without cuts or glue. The star can be tess...

Houstonia Box

Houstonia Box

This origami box represents a flower of the genus Houstonia, also known as bluets or Quaker Ladies. Some species, in particular Houstonia Caerulea have four ...

Eco Box

Eco Box

My goal when designing this box was reusing the strips of paper which are left over when a square is cut off from an A4 piece of paper. This strip also happe...

Predictable Box

Predictable Box

I designed this box as a container for corrugations (one of the pictures shows such use, for Monument Valley Corrugation). Some corrugations are springy and ...

Meander

Meander

A Greek meander pattern folded as modular origami. The bent frame technique is the “Thoki Yenn style” which I also employed in a number of other models, for ...

Her Majesty’s Box (gold Washi)

Her Majesty’s Box (gold Washi)

A box designed on my way back home from BOS50 convention (I had the idea for the molecule earlier, though). Folded from a sheet of gold-red Washi.

Her Majesty’s Box (WIP)

Her Majesty’s Box (WIP)

A new box, aptly named Her Majesty’s Box, taking shape on the train back from the 50th Anniversary Convention of British Origami Society. Both the convention...

Simplified Shamrock Box Variants

Simplified Shamrock Box Variants

This picture shows a comparison of two variants of Simplified Shamrock Box: Simplified Shamrock Box (on the left) Slightly Simplified Shamrock Box (on the ri...

Shamrock Box (Slightly Simplified)

Shamrock Box (Slightly Simplified)

Here is a slightly simplified version of my Shamrock Box. The original was based on a molecule which can easily be tessellated. However, with a single molecu...

Shamrock Box (Simplified)

Shamrock Box (Simplified)

Here is a fully simplified version of my Shamrock Box. The original was based on a molecule which can easily be tessellated. However, with a single molecule ...

Broken Heart Box

Broken Heart Box

A box with a heart, which is also an action origami model. When things go wrong, the heart can be reshaped into a broken heart. The heart itself can be tesse...

Box with Pajarita (color change)

Box with Pajarita (color change)

A color-change version of my Box with Pajarita v. 1.1. In contrast to folds using harmony paper, here the different color of the Pajarita is the result of an...

Box with Leaves (stem-to-stem)

Box with Leaves (stem-to-stem)

An origami box with leaves, with the leaves’ stems in the center, based on an earlier coaster design. There is also a variant with leaves oriented tip-to-tip.

Box with Ribbon Bow (diagonal)

Box with Ribbon Bow (diagonal)

A box with a ribbon bow, constructed using a molecule of my Sunflower Tessellation and with color change. This is a variant where the ribbon runs along the d...

Box with Leaves (tip-to-tip)

Box with Leaves (tip-to-tip)

A box with leaves based on this coaster. There is a color change between the walls and the leaves, though a variant using the same side of paper for both is ...

Origami Coaster with Leaves (Stem-to-Stem)

Origami Coaster with Leaves (Stem-to-Stem)

After folding the first coaster with leaves, I wanted to try rotating the leaves so that in the center they touch stem-to-stem rather than tip-to-tip. This i...

Coaster with Leaves (Tip-to-Tip)

Coaster with Leaves (Tip-to-Tip)

An origami coaster with a pattern of leaves. After designing, I found out others had done the same before, for example you can check out this picture [update...

Box with Pajarita 1.1

Box with Pajarita 1.1

This is version 1.1 of my Box with Pajarita. In this improved version, I took advantage of the fact that the box only has one molecule, and so I could get ri...

Shamrock Box

Shamrock Box

Box with a single molecule of my Shamrock Tessellation. Folded from 16×16 grid, of which the molecule consumes 12×12.

Box with Ribbon Bow

Box with Ribbon Bow

Box with a ribbon bow, constructed using a molecule of my Sunflower Tessellation and with color change added to make the ribbon stand out better from the bac...

Box with Pajarita

Box with Pajarita

Box with a single molecule of my Pajarita Tessellation. Folded from Harmony paper which allowed the Pajarita to better stand out from the background.

Elephant-Shaped Business Card Holder

Elephant-Shaped Business Card Holder

A simple business card holder in the form of an elephant I recently designed. With minor modification it can be folded from a square (a rectangle was used he...

Elephant Bookmark

Elephant Bookmark

An origami bookmark (two pieces folded from different papers) featuring an elephant motif. Other animals’ heads can be designed in a similar fashion. This mo...

Square Interlace Box

Square Interlace Box

This box is decorated with a pattern of Square Interlace Tessellation. I designed it as a container for a matching bracelet which is visible in some pictures...

Heptagonal Star Box (Chevron Corrugation)

Heptagonal Star Box (Chevron Corrugation)

This seven-sided star shape can be used as one half of a two-piece box or alone as an ornament. This heptagonal star design is based around my Chevron Corrug...

Box with Walled Garden Tessellation Molecule

Box with Walled Garden Tessellation Molecule

Another tessellation disguised as a box so that I can get away with folding just a single molecule, but I do plan to fold a full-fledged tessellation some ti...

Box with Two-in-One Flower Tessellation

Box with Two-in-One Flower Tessellation

Box with a single molecule of my Two-in-One Flower Tessellation. This pattern is derived from four molecules of Double Spearhead Tessellation slightly modifi...

Thin-Walled Box

Thin-Walled Box

This box has just one layer of paper in most places, so it uses paper effectively, allowing you to make a large box with given sheet size.

Box with Shooting Star

Box with Shooting Star

I designed this box during the annual meeting of Polish Meteoritical Society (meteorites are one of my hobbies alongside origami).

Maltese Cross Framed

Maltese Cross Framed

A single molecule of my Maltese Cross Tessellation, which is closely related to the Cross Pattee Tessellation presented in the Coat of Arms of Rzeszów model....

Nuclear Flower Box

Nuclear Flower Box

This origami box is decorated with a single molecule of Nuclear Flower Tessellation, a variant of Two-in-One Flower Tessellation. The name stems from the fac...

Modular Picture Frame

Modular Picture Frame

A modular version of this picture frame. Folded from 4 units, each from 1:2 paper.

Single-Sheet Picture Frame

Single-Sheet Picture Frame

Origami picture frame, folded from a single sheet of paper without any cuts or glue. There is a slit going around the inner perimeter of the frame where you ...

Ice Cube Tray

Ice Cube Tray

This ice cube tray was folded from a single sheet of Elephant Hide paper sandwiched with aluminium foil in order to make it water-tight. The tray itself is a...

Lily Pond Picture Frame

Lily Pond Picture Frame

This is a picture frame for 16:9 format, decorated with a variant of my Lily Pond Tessellation. The lilies were modelled on top of four-sink bases instead of...

Octagonal Pinwheel

Octagonal Pinwheel

Another design of mine with octagonal symmetry. This is a fairly simple model, so it may have been developed by others independently.

Octagonal Star

Octagonal Star

Own design, inspired by Meenakshi Mukerji’s Wondrous one sheet origami. Folded from a square, but you can trim it down to an octagon if you accept cutting th...

Pinwheel with Color Change (hexagonal)

Pinwheel with Color Change (hexagonal)

I came up with this model when playing around with hex twists. It’s quite simple, so it may have been invented before. This pinwheel shows a nice color chang...

Plain Box

Plain Box

I rarely fold boxes [update: no longer true], but recently I needed one and could not find any satisfying model online, so I designed this one. In contrast t...

Hydrangea Picture Frame

Hydrangea Picture Frame

This picture frame can hold a standard 15×10 cm photograph. It consists of four molecules of the Hydrangea Tessellation (designed by Shuzo Fujimoto), spaced ...

Name Plate / Kusudama Stand

Name Plate / Kusudama Stand

This is a simple name plate on which you can place your name and put it on your desk. You can also use it to place descriptions near your origami models on y...

2×2×1 box

2×2×1 box

This is a practical box made from Building Block Units connected using the hook method. I use this box to store all my Crease Pattern drawings of BBU variant...

Christmas Ornament (TEM)

Christmas Ornament (TEM)

This particular model is made from 3 modules, but any number of modules from 2 upwards can be used to create similar models. The only limitation is paper’s t...