Origami Instructions: Triangular Box (Hans-Werner Guth)

Origami Instructions: Triangular Box (Hans-Werner Guth)


In this video I’m going to show you an origami triangular box designed
by Hans-Werner Guth. This is a folded model.
You can see it’s triangular. It’s from a single sheet of paper and you can open it simply by pushing together the two ends. I think it lends itself really well also as a small purse, or when folded from
a larger sheet of paper a more regular sized purse. For example, because this design
is relatively simple, you can use some special paper, like this kind of crumpled effect paper. For the size:
for this model I used a 6in square (15cm). Then the side length of this box
is 3in (7.5cm). The depth varies a bit depending
on how you fold it, but let’s say approximately
1in (2.75cm) deep and about 1.5in (3.75cm) high. Again, this varies depending on
how deep the box will be. I’ll point out the step where
the depth is determined. So, let’s start with a sheet of paper. This one is light pink and dark pink. We’re going to start with the
not so dominant color up – so here, the white. I’m actually using a folding sequence that I think is different to what
Hans-Werner Guth does, because I wanted to have
no additional creases. We’re going to start and simply pinch
on each side to then fold in the edges to the center making a crease all the way through. Rotate and repeat. Then unfold and turn over the paper and rotate it so that
the previously horizontal creases are now vertical. Then fold in half. Now comes the step that determines how deep that triangular box will be. The distance you fold in now
is exactly half of this depth, so just
to the halfway point. The guidance I can give is you should really stay below a quarter. Else this finishing of the triangular
box in the top won’t quite work as nicely. So perhaps pinch at a half and then make sure that the edge
doesn’t quite reach that pinch mark. Then make sure that the crease is nicely horizontal by aligning
both creases. Then only crease right in between these
two points here. So crease just in the center and leave the quarters on the sides
untouched. Then unfold and now
we want to make a crease that goes exactly through the
point where this crease and
that crease meet. To do that,
I like turning around the paper – this is where the intersection is – and making a small pinch. Same thing on the other side,
a small pinch. Now that helps, because now
the paper will want to go on that point, and then
you can pivot this point so that this corner lies on that
crease right there. Once you’ve got that,
crease on the outside. So we’re just going from this point
to the outside, leaving that area untouched. Then repeat on the other side. Again, capture the point then pivot to get the corner
to lie exactly on the crease and make a fold only
from that point onwards to the outside. Then unfold. Now you have valley folds on this side and on the other side,
this creases are mountain folds. So let’s ensure that these are
valley folds, too – or, by flipping over the paper, make them mountain folds. I think it’s easier to change
creases to mountain folds, because you can then just
pinch the paper together but you can do it however you like. Then you can kind of create
this box shape, because all of these creases
are mountains from the color side or valleys from the – let’s call it –
white side. Next what we’re going to do is essentially push this paper together and create some creases in the center. So what I want you do to is
leave it 3D in the bottom and align these two corners, so that these edges match,
and these edges match. You really want to be very precise here. This is then going to make a nice box. Then you want to take a finger
and your thumb and press this paper together, pressing with the thumb to the top and with your other finger
to the center, so that this paper starts going inside. When that’s kind of in action you can then press the paper together so that these two corners meet. And collapse. Same thing on the other side. First align the edges and the corner, fix it with one hand, with the other hand just get that
action going and then collapse. So then you have a completely
flat model again. Now we’re going to take this flap and fold it along an existing crease. Same thing on the other side. Flip it over and do the same thing. Just like that. Now we’re going to finish
the triangular box. We want to add a crease between
this point and that point. Just so that it looks like this. Now what we want to do is we want to take these small flaps and insert into the pockets. But it won’t quite fit,
so what we’re going to do is fold this up a bit. Then you see that here two points meet. This point, and that point –
they meet right there. So we’re just going to take that
as an orientation point and fold a small pinch mark to determine how far we have
to fold that top edge inside. For me it’s just a teeny-tiny bit, because I folded a quite deep box. So this is why you don’t really want to fold quite a quarter
when you determine the depth, because they you can’t make
as nice of a finish. So here I’m just inserting
those flaps. And now it fits nicely. If you make a very deep box,
you won’t have to fold in even that small strip. But it probably won’t quite meet this point, but you will see
some of the paper underneath and that parting you can see here. And I don’t think that’s quite as nice. Repeat on the other side,
fold inside, then make a small pinch to check
how far in you have to fold, fold in that small strip of paper, and then insert the flap
into the first pocket and the second pocket. And then, just strengthen the creases, your triangular box is basically
done already. We’re just going to open it. With your finger – you can see here –
you can push it flat. Push it flat. It’s probably hard
to see this on camera, but here you can see:
just push the paper flat. Looking at it from the other side:
here you make it 3D again. And then your triangular box
by Hans-Werner Guth is all done, and here:
open the box, and close it again. I think it’s a beautiful model, I hope you enjoyed it,
and happy folding.

49 thoughts on “Origami Instructions: Triangular Box (Hans-Werner Guth)

  1. @musicmixer112 Actually, I'm not sure. I believe I bought it 2 or so years ago from the British Origami Society shop.

  2. @AdamsSara Thank you for telling mee where you got this.I just looked on the site,and it seems like its the same as this.Also,i'm quite surprised you still have paper from about 2 years ago,and it still looks good.

  3. when are you going to make videos for advanced folders? i looked for tutorials for advanced folders in youtube, but i cant find any!

  4. @555aboud Many of my videos demonstrate advanced models. For example, the February video is more advanced, as well as the tessellation guide. Perhaps these will appeal to you more?

  5. Thank you very much for your video they're ever interesting and you made it easy to understand.
    You're a great teacher.
    The box is awesome, I'm looking forward the next upload.
    Thanks

  6. @555aboud Beeing a person that makes origami videos I felt like I should also reply to you:
    The more advanced a model is the more time you need to make a video of it, that's why they are so rare.
    Sara allready pointed outa video of hers that covers an advanced modell.

    She really puts a lot of time in this and even makes videos that run for more than an hour! from my experience a video needs at least three times as much time as it runs (so 10 min video = at least 30 min
    work)

    consider this

  7. @AdamsSara no sara i mean that when you are going to make videos for advanced folders? even if the model is simple
    take this video for example: the video's length is 9:48 because you explain for beginners, if you explained this video for advanced folders it will be about 3:00! (by this i mean saying valley fold instead of saying "bring this edge to this so that it alines with the…………" etc)
    or rob's video (the box: 12 min for beginners
    jonakashima's video (the samebox): 3min!

  8. @555aboud well the nice thing about Youtube and many other video viewing sites is that they have a slide bar to fast forward and rewind. :-/ You cut a part of your viewer demographic when you kick out all beginners, and only focus on advanced. Better to fully explain than barely any. You don't want your viewers to be completely lost (though i understand some of the things you mentioned may be little things dealing with lingo) Meh I say fast forward is best bet. 😛 Good luck finding adv. vids~ :]

  9. made it ^_^ pretty easy! thanks for the awesome tutorial 🙂 finished product is at aileendesipeda dot tumblr dot com

  10. @555aboud Hehe, seems others already commented on this one. But the short answer is: I don't think I'll make videos that quickly walk through a model, I think detailled videos will appeal to more viewers. And as Xenicus31 already mentioned: you can always skip ahead. But if details are missing, you can't add details afterward. I guess it's everyone's decision which style they choose, and I've chosen to go the "explain well" way. 🙂

  11. @tavin15 Ah, I wish it was only 3 times as long to make for me. I fear it's more. 🙁

  12. Whenever I'm stressed, I watch one of your videos. As creepy as this is, you're voice and amazing interesting models are super calming. Thank you for helping me get through this huge college essay lol

  13. @AdamsSara no sara they are perfect don't make them longer! i like they are fast but detailed. i can even follow a video if it goes more than twice as fast as the original speed!. please reply and say it is going to be that way! love your videos by the way

  14. @Sameus6401 You can fold behind as much paper as necessary for you to be able to tuck in the flaps.

  15. Thanks! made one a while back but I made it again out of 12inch by 12 inch paper it was made for a gift though. I really liked how it turned out! Keep up the great work!

  16. Hi, I love this box, but for some reason, I just can't get it right.. I don everything the way you show it, but when I get to the point in 6:46 I just can't fold the flaps! I don't understand what it is that I'm doing wrong…

  17. I just tried this and although not perfect the boxes i made came well enough for my thank you gifts. Thanks, i will keep practicing:)

  18. As in…?
    A4 paper, folded by the corner in a triangle until it reaches the side, and the rest (the rectangle in under/over the triangle (depending which way you're looking)) cut out?

  19. Thank you for this very clear instructional video to make this triangular model. Also I appreciate the links to the written diagrams so that I may improve my ability to make a model with the diagrams only.

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