Origami Octahedron Box / Decoration Instructions

Origami Octahedron Box / Decoration Instructions via @paper_kawaii

These are the instructions to learn how to make a pretty origami octahedron with one sheet of paper.

These cute little origami gems would make awesome Christmas tree decorations, you could even use them as gift boxes, create a hanging advent calendar with them. I have a string of them hanging from my lamp stand, they look pretty with the light shining off them as they rotate in the breeze.

These origami instructions use half of a sheet of A4 paper to create a 3D origami octahedron.

A regular octahedron is a Platonic solid composed of eight equilateral triangles, four of which meet in the middle.

Design: Unknown
Level: ★★★☆☆

You will need:

Half of a sheet of A4 – 29.7 x 10.5 cm

If using US letter paper, you’d need to trim the paper to 3.75 x 11 inches.

Finished size: About 10 x 6 cm ish.

You could use square paper cut into long strips – maybe thirds, but you’d probably need to cut off some of the sections to close the box.

A Photo Tutorial is available on the Origami Photo Tutorials page.

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4 years ago

Love your website! I could spend HOURS here, ha! One thing I wanted to note…for your American followers, A4 is 8.5″ x 11″, and if you cut that in half “hot dog style” (4.25″ by 11″) it is too short on the long end for this to work as you’ve demonstrated. I tried this three different times before I re-read the sizing and realized my error; since we don’t use the metric system for measuring, I didn’t catch it! For Americans using an A4/Letter size sheet, you’ll have to cut it down to 3.75″ by 11″ to make this work (9.4cm x 28cm)!

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