December 29, 2009
A year ago June, I came across a box-case structure in a crafts store in Granville, NY. The way it is constructed, using both book making and paper-folding techniques, appealed to me, so I bought one to use as a template. This past month, inspired by the holiday season, I pulled out some of my paste papers and made a few. The dynamic way the mini-boxes reveal themselves when the case opens is unexpected: unfortunately, static photos do not convey the surprising movement of these little shelf-boxes.
Here are the specs: Each box needs four pieces of 2 1/4″ x 5″ board, and one piece of board that is 1″x 5″. (I used cardboard that I salvaged from pads of lined paper.) The inside shelves are made with 6″squares of text weight paper, and the lids are made with 7″ squares (I used Stardream text weight papers, Ruby, Gold, and Malachite). Both the inside shelves and the lids are made following Classic Origami Box Directions: it takes a bit of time for this link to load, but it is worth the wait. Or you can look at this UK site for fasterg loading Traditional Origami Box instructions in B&W.