Learn how to make a cool origami gatefold box, or lock box, with these easy to follow video instructions, it’s similar to the modular hinged box tutorial I posted a few weeks ago, but this uses just one sheet for the box.

I think this origami box is pretty nifty, I tried to make this one stay shut when closed (the modular version does), but it just won’t, perhaps with thick paper. So I made a little square which slots onto the top and keeps it locked.

When you open the box, it’s interesting how the sides open up, you can either keep the sides folded for a structured box, or open them out which makes it a double clam-shell effect.

Designer: ? I’m not sure if I have discovered a new model, I haven’t seen one around though. 🙂

I hope you enjoy the tutorial, please let me know how you get on in the comments.

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You will need:

The box:
1 sheet of square paper.
Mine is 20 x 20 cm.

The Lock:
1 square sheet of paper-
To get the size, divide your larger paper by 1.4.
(Mine would be 14.2 cm).

If you start with 15 x 15 cm for the box, your smaller paper for the lock will need to be 10.7 cm.

If you start with paper that is 30 x 30, you will need 21.4 x 21.4 cm paper for the lock.

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