How to Make a "Bloomin' Box" for Spring

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This beautiful, petal-covered bauble is made from six sheets of paper and a few clever folds.
This unassuming origami model, when paired with five identical components, creates a charming, and useful, ornamental box.
A simple box becomes an extraordinary jewel with just a few quick pinches of the paper flaps on its six faces.
This beautiful, petal-covered bauble is made from six sheets of paper and a few clever folds.

This beautiful, petal-covered bauble is made from six sheets of paper and a few clever folds.

Photo: Jeff Rudell
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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.

  (1) Begin with a square of paper, pattern-side down, (2) make a center crease, (3) make 1/4 creases, and (4) fold each corner inward to the 1/4 crease line, as illustrated.


  (5) Fold the bottom edge upward 1/8 width, (6) fold the top edge downward 1/8 width, (7) fold along the dotted line to position the bottom-right corner to the top-center edge (as indicated by the registration marks in the illustration at right).


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Comments (16)

MarcioWilges writes: Wow! I did not know origami could ever be possible for me to accomplish. However, with your step-by-step guidelines, this beautiful piece of box artwork does seem achievable. I shall try it this weekend as a family bonding activity with the people at home. I will definitely ensure I have the right colours that I want because I bet if I ever wanted to have different colours, the removal of each individual strip would be crazy once the whole thing has been fixed together.
Posted: 9:39 pm on January 14th
EchoLin writes: simple yet lovely
Posted: 1:46 am on April 13th
Daydah writes: @DefyingDestiny if you got step 8 perfectly, then step 9 is as easy as making sure the top edge touches the 'squarish' one you made in step 8. As long as it doesnt overshoot that, the fold is accurate.
Posted: 3:42 pm on February 25th
emmyt writes: I love making these boxes, they become addictive, I use them for small to gifts and the receiver likes the box as much as the gift. The are fasinated by the box. I have used scrapbook paper, but I have also used wallpaper, I have some wallpaper books and they make really nice boxes since the paper is heavy but easy to fold. So yes I have made many and had some on hand ready made, I have them all folded to store and just put the sides together when I want to use one. Easy to store that way.
Posted: 10:18 am on February 13th
craftybegonia writes: Lovely! I think those pastels are just beautiful!
Posted: 6:47 pm on April 10th
Jetmuis writes: adorable and soo lovely , awesome!!!!
Posted: 12:26 pm on April 9th
NancyWard writes: Hi!

I recently posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.


Nancy Ward
Posted: 8:01 pm on January 15th
DefyingDestinyy writes: Can someone please guide me through the second part of step 9. I don't understand where you're supposed to fold. Well, I don't understand where the folded part is supposed to go. When I try to do it, it doesn't look like the picture, and the paper doesn't want to bend. I really want to do this because the end result looks beautiful. Please help.
Posted: 8:50 pm on December 17th
LunarFaith writes: awesomely love this ~

i m keeping fingers X'ed to get this into my next sunday project (*-*)
Posted: 5:29 am on June 2nd
eveh writes: One of the things that makes this so beautiful is the color choice. I'll bet yours is prettier than the original. : )
Posted: 6:12 pm on April 30th
sandysue08 writes: I would love to try this with fabric...:>}
Posted: 9:39 am on April 25th
paperrain writes: wow.
I don't know how you can keep coming up with all these great ideas, but please DO.
Posted: 7:31 pm on April 22nd
angrylilasiangirl writes: i love it! and where can i get that paper?
Posted: 8:57 am on April 20th
ImaMes writes: Beautiful! I love it! It's even pretty before pinching all the flaps. Can't wait to make one!

BTW - Your choice of paper is very Spring-y. =) Nice.
Posted: 10:32 am on April 13th
AWilcox writes: This is simply beautiful, it definitely screams out SPRING, I love it.
Posted: 8:53 am on April 13th
Maureclaire writes:
Lovely !!!
Posted: 12:25 am on April 13th
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