Origami Instructions: Box and Lid (Dave Brill)

Origami Instructions: Box and Lid (Dave Brill)


In this video I’m going to
show you how to fold a Box and Lid designed by Dave Brill. It’s a fantastic design
folded from a single sheet of paper. It also has a nice duo effect if you use paper that has a
different color on one side. This model was folded from a
15cm square and the resulting side length
of this box, this cube, is 3cm. In inches, that’s about 6in
to get a side length of about 1.2in. I advise you start with larger paper
for your first try. In this video I’m going to be using a square with a side length of 25cm – that’s about 10in – and the resulting side length of the box will then be 5cm – or about 2in. So, the rule of thumb is: the resulting box length is 1/5 of the side length of the square
you start with. So, let’s start folding. We’re going to start with
the color-side up to get a box that has
color on the outside. You can vary that, of course. Now there’s techniques to fold 1/5 on a square, but I want to have a result where there are no creases
that aren’t necessary. So, what we’re going to do is
take a plain ruler and measure 1/5 on the paper and then add a crease like that. I’d usually use a bone folder to just mark this rather than
actually draw a line on, but that wouldn’t be very visible
on the video. Once you have those you can
then pinch them. Once here, once there. But before we do that, I forgot, let’s first make a crease in the center. Unfold. Then add that crease at 1/5. Flip this over and then use
the two markings we made to add a crease at 1/5. Unfold and now we only
have to fold quarters on those 4/5. Bring the edge to the 1/5 crease. Crease and unfold. Then crease to 2/5,
which you just created. Unfold and then add the final 1/5. And unfold. Now rotate. We want to add fifths on
the other length, too. Again, mark. Then pinch. And crease. Then flip over and again
fold quarters on the remaining 4/5. I’m actually making the creases in specific directions. It doesn’t matter that much,
but it does make it a tiny bit easier later. So if you follow along with how I actually add the creases they will have the directions
of mountain and valley. But if you don’t, I’d probably
advise you to make the creases in both directions,
so valley and mountain so that they’re nice and strong and they at least have no direction. Then unfold completely. We want to add a couple
more creases now. First fold back 1/5. Then align that edge with the next 1/5. And crease.
Same thing on the other side. Then open up and fold to that 1/5
creating 1/10. Same on the other side. And unfold again completely. Now we’ve created this crease pattern. You can see we’ve got
a couple of mountain folds and the rest is valleys. Now turn the paper so that the central crease here
lies horizontally. Then this is the top,
and this is the bottom. We’re now going to add
creases to the top. Diagonal creases,
some here, here, and here. Fold the diagonal of a square
with a side length of 1/5. And also diagonals
right here. And crease the other diagonal. Unfold and then fold the other
two diagonals here. Now we added diagonals
to those three squares. These creases need to be a bit stronger. So fold them as mountain folds, too. In the bottom we’ll also crease
the diagonals of the central square. Now we’ll add some diagonals
right along here. For this aling the lower point with the point at 1/5 by 1/5. Crease starting from the center one square up. Unfold, repeat on the other side. Align, starting from the center crease one square diagonal up. Then rotate and repeat. Unfold and rotate back so that the top is in the top. Next we’re going to make
a precreasing here. So we’ll add half a diagonal or a diagonal on these small squares, which have
1/10 by 1/10 side length. For this bring that edge to 2/5 and then crease
just along that small area. It’s not the first 1/10 square,
but the second one. Unfold, repeat on the other side. I’m doing a lot of precreasing here, because I think it’s great
to use this for a present. Then you really want it
to look very nice. Rotate again. You can see we added this crease. And now we want to add
that other diagonal. So, again take the edge,
bring it to 2/5, and this time crease that small square by the edge. Unfold, repeat on the other side. And unfold again. Let’s add one final set of creases. Using the creases we just created
as a reference, we’re going to add 1/20 right here. Flip over the paper
to make a mountain fold. You can see, here’s the crease,
this length is 2/5. Here there’s 3/5. This is the top,
this is the bottom. Now crease 1/20 only up to those creases we added last. You can see I stopped creasing
right here. Do the same on the other side. Now
– I know it’s hard to believe – we’ve got the crease pattern done. I’m going to add one last crease in the end, but let’s not worry
about that now. So first let’s locate the top
and the bottom. You can see the top has three of those squares with diagonal creases. And the bottom only one. Then fold in 1/10. The’re already mountain folds,
or make them into mountains now. Then fold up, so this is perpendicular on each side.
In the middle 1/5 will remain. There are diagonal creases here. We’re going to make them pop up in a mountain fold. Like that, can you see this? Maybe make a valley fold there, too, so that you can see this happening. On the second one, right here, you’re going to fold down to collapse like this. I hope that was visible. So you get the start of a box. Now I did forget to add
one final precreasing that I usually do, so let’s add that now. You can see 1/10, and then there’s 1/5. On that square we’re going to add
a diagonal crease. Let’s do that now. Just like that. Same on the other side. Adding that diagonal. With this being collapsed you can insert one of those 1/10 into the other one.
Slip it inside. It will help a lot to reinforce that these
four layers of paper are all in line
with the creases we prepared. These are going to be valleys. As you can see I’m just
pressing on them through all layers to get them reinforced. Then you get a shape like this. Now we’ll take this point and push it back so that the triangle will lie like this. This is going to be a mountain fold. And we’re going to push this inside to the back. So if you look inside you can’t really see much because the triangle actually lies right along this layer right there. Let’s have that in place. Then we’ll push this layer so that it lies right on that one. I usually support the paper a bit
by putting my finger in there and then pushing down. Push down,
it may start looking messy here, but don’t worry.
Just keep on pushing pushing, pushing, pushing and it will straighten out beautifully. There you go. Reinforce these creases a bit. Now you can see
the lid is almost complete. You’ve got some creases here. This is going to be a mountain fold, and those are going to be valleys. This completes the lid. Same on the other side. There’s a mountain, and a valley. And it goes like that. Some directions of the precreases
aren’t that important, because there’s two layers,
and half of it will be the wrong direction
in any case. Once you’ve prepared that you can have a look
at what it’s going to look like. So this would be the lid. But we’re going to clean this up now. These small triangles right here
are going to go underneath that layer, so that
it’s nicely hidden and the paper has more space to
actually lie nice and flat. The triangles are hidden now. You can see that there’s a crease
right here. That’s the central crease we added
(in the first step). Let’s fold back along that. It gives the model a bit light again
(for the camera). Sometimes these layers aren’t
quite aligned. So I like pulling then apart a bit
to get them aligned. It will give a nice finish in the end. Now we need to complete this box here. We first have to get these layers
back up. to form this rim. It ensures that the box closes nicely. So we’ll take just one layer of paper
by going in here and pulling it up. We’ve added some diagonal creases
right here, we’ll go along those. That’s number one,
and again take one layer pull it out, and straighten it out. Reinforce that crease. You have creases right here,
they should be mountains. We’re going to fold those
to the outside. Ensure that these two layers here stay together to get a nice finish. Then pinch that corner. Same on the other side. And pinch that corner. In the beginning I promised
we’d be adding one final crease, which I think Dave Brill
doesn’t suggest. But I’m going to do that anyway. So on the right side, we’ll
take two layers and fold them down to the edge. This is going to make the final
locking mechanism a bit easier to do, I think. And easier is better, right? So, let’s keep that. Now, as in the beginning,
we’re first going to make one mountain fold like that. We’re pushing this up in a mountain fold and pushing this to the back. And fold the other one down. You can see a triangle emerging here. We just folded that small corner.
this one. I’m going to pop that up and put it behind that triangle. I’ll try to make this more visible. Can you see that here? The white triangle is underneath
that small corner we folded. Now the box is basically done, but this is still not fixed enough. So what we’re going to do is take this one layer and pull it up
by pulling in the top. And then take that triangle
that we just folded. You can see here
you’ve got the triangle, you’ve got that small corner
we folded over, and here there’s some space. So we’re going to take this layer and insert it there. So pull this,
and then just put it over there. That folded in corner makes it
a lot easier to actually insert that layer. Now the box is a bit more fixed, but again,
here’s a tiny corner. And for that we’re just going to put this layer underneath that layer. Underneath here. This can be a tiny bit fiddly, but it’s the final step. So that shouldn’t be too bad. And then your box and lid from a single square of paper designed by Dave Brill is all done. I usually close the box halfway and then reinforce those folds
right there. to make it really nice. Sometimes when I close the box
I have a dent here. Then take for example
the back of a spoon, go inside, and pop it out. And then it looks nicer.
On the other side it was fine. And there you go. I hope you enjoyed this video. and this fantastic box and lid
by Dave Brill. Happy folding.

97 thoughts on “Origami Instructions: Box and Lid (Dave Brill)

  1. айвен вэна хи энд брикс адужноу жэнс сайд эйджуну дэнс садй

  2. Was definitely a challenge, tore mine just a tiny bit at the very end there. 40 minutes for my first try, not bad 😉 Been doing origami for a year now though, and the move from modular kusudama's to more interactive designs has been quite beneficial to my skills.

  3. It was a great idea, and things were going well until I had to assemble the damn thing and she's like "oh! Sorry I forgot to tell you to add a crease!" And I'm like well crap.. I wound up giving up and now I have to figure out a new box for my moms Christmas present. Gosh darn

  4. This is an awesome model, one I have been trying to master for a very long time!
     I kept getting hung up on the final finishing. Tenacity pays off, though, and I finally got it, this time! Woo Hoo!!! Now mine doesn't look as professional, neat and tidy as yours but it is complete, and that's no little feat! Thank you, Sarah!

  5. とてもわかりやすい動画だと思いますよ。私にも折る事ができました、ありがとうございました。

  6. I really enjoyed making this and storing some Origami Lucky stars in. Thanks for the Good tutorial 😛

  7. It looks difficult, but it really isn't, taken that there are a series of steps to creating the crease patterns, but what gets to me is that I find it difficult sitting through twenty-two and half minutes of instruction when I have other important projects I need to be doing. Excellent creation though.

  8. Nice a great tutorial besides sometimes you were a little unclear, but not enough to make you impossible to understand a great project. Thanks for the tutorial.

  9. awesome. it was really easy to follow ad really easy to make. i had to cut a bigger square from wrapping paper i was oof by a few millimiter make sure to be exact and have a perfect square

  10. Um trabalho muito bonito! Também está bem explicado. Vou tentar até conseguir. É um grande desafio. Obrigado pelo vídeo.

  11. Thanks! Worked though it was hard and the paper split a bit in the last step, but hey: If I get better, it will not split next time 🙂

  12. Masterful demonstration. This is a challenging project to attempt by just looking at the Dave Brill's diagrams. Your demonstration with your verbal directions made this project so much easier. Thank you.

  13. I just keep tearing that shit up in the end and everytime I tear i give up but like 10 minutes later i get back to it and keep making the same mistake and tear that shit up in end

  14. like what you said can that you can divide the paper into 5 parts by folding only? how do you do that without a ruler? i wish to do it without a ruler if ever i just had to make it out of the blue and i dont have a ruler with me so at least i can make it even without any tools

  15. Hey! I've got a new tutorial for a box with lid that's easier and faster to fold. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-7Ck4Mkzrk

  16. What a delightful box design… and I love how it is made using only one sheet of paper. I've added this to my list of models to fold 🙂

  17. #myfirst As far as I can remember this was my first introduction to origami videos. I was looking for a way to personalize my wedding and I thought about folding the favors and filling them with homemade chocolate truffles. It was a lot of work, but I've found that folding relaxes me so I was done sooner than expected – 100 "Brill" boxes! Thank you for your wonderful videos. They have helped enrich and enliven my life!

  18. #myfirst This was my first video I watched from you and I immediately fell in love with your way of teaching origami. I really appreciate it.
    Thank you for all your hard work:):)

  19. # myfirst
    das war der Moment als ich auch mein Abbo startete ☺

  20. #myfirst I watched this video as a child. I was 7 years old. But i could not understand what you are saing because I am from germany. 1 year ago I watched your video again and i folded this box 🙂

    Sorry for my english. It is not good.

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