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Safari Prints Paper Boxes

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Project Details

Bring the ancient art of paper folding to the classroom with this quick and easy origami project.

Lesson Plan Ideas

History

The ancient art of paper folding originated in China in the first or second century A.D., and by the sixth century, it had reached Japan. At first, paper folding was practiced only by the wealthy, because most people couldn’t afford to buy paper. The material was scarce in those times, but by the 1300’s, it was plentiful. Paper became available to everyone, so more and more people began making what the Japanese called origami (ori means to fold, and gami means paper).

Steps

  1. Lay the 12″ x 18″ Fadeless® Safari Prints sheet horizontally with colored side face down. Take bottom left hand corner and fold to the top edge. Cut off extra strip on right hand side to form a triangle. Open folded triangle and you now have a perfect square.

    Step 1

  2. To create the next fold take the opposite corner and fold down to create four equal triangles. This will give you a “x” fold in the middle of your opened square.

    Step 2

  3. Take corners A, B, C, D and fold them into the center point E. Open square to prepare for your next set of folds.

    Step 3

  4. Take each of the four corners and fold to the last created fold. Corner A fold to point F, corner B fold to point H, corner C fold to point G, and Corner D to point E.

    Step 4

  5. Take each of the four corners and fold across to the second fold in, on the opposite side. Corner A to point F, corner B to point H, corner C to point G, and corner D to point E.

    Step 5

  6. The four center squares represent the middle of your box. Choose a corner and cut the folded line to the right of the corner. Cut in until you reach the four center squares. (note: do not cut the folded line down the middle of the corner). Repeat process for all

    Step 6

  7. Take corner A and fold to first fold on your square. Without unfolding the last fold, fold to point H. This will form a wall for your box. Fold extra flap in. Repeat process for all four corners.

    Step 7

  8. Slip the flap from each corner in between the wall next to it. This will hold the box from coming apart. Repeat process for all four corners. This will form the bottom of your box.

    Step 8

  9. To make the top of your box, lay another 12″ x 18″ Fadeless® Safari Prints sheet horizontally. Take bottom left hand corner and fold it, leaving about 1/2 inch from the top edge. This will allow for the top of your box to be larger then the bottom. Follow steps 1-6.

    Step 9

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