How to Make a "Bloomin' Box" for Springcomments (17) March 18th, 2014
This little creation was sitting in the window of a small shop on a side street in New York City, and the moment I saw it I fell in love with it. The shopkeeper, however, was unwilling to sell me the display prop out of his window. He did, however, offer to show me how it was made: "It's simple," he assured me, and then proceeded to demonstrate that fact right at the counter of his shop.
I wish that I had the benefit of a tiny video clip to prove to you just how easy this is to make. Instead, I am stuck having to make due with sequential photographs. The resulting tutorial looks much more complicated than it really is, but this is only because I have erred on the side of being thorough in my directions. Don't be scared away from this project by the number of steps. Once you learn it, you'll be making them with your eyes closed (or while watching TV, which is how I do it).
Since I first became acquainted with this design, I have put it to use in many ways-as paper baubles offered as ersatz thank-you notes and as wrapping for small presents; I've even (at a much larger scale and with the addition of a little glue) made pinatas in this manner. They also make wonderful holiday ornaments when built using foil origami papers.
All you need are six equally-sized squares of paper. I'm using 3-inch x 3-inch pieces of origami paper, but nearly anything that will take a crease nicely will suffice.
I hope you enjoy this project and please let me know what uses of your own you come up with.
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