Origami Matchbook Instructions

Origami Matchbook Instructions


Hello everybody, this is Grace with another
origami how-to video I know it’s been a while since I’ve done one but I want to do one of my own for a change intead of somebody else’s so I wouldn’t get in trouble haha, just kidding ^.^ But today I’m going to do a matchbox designed by me. Heavily influenced by David Brill’s Matchbox though, so I have to give him due credit. And for this you’re going to need a sheet of paper that’s size length 2 by 1 in proportion I recomend using a sheet of paper that’s 10 inches by 5 inches and before I fold I just want to show you this crease pattern real quick. So you can see it’s pretty simple. Lots of horizontal long creases across, a couple vertical creases here, and a few diamond shapes. But we don’t have to crease those immedately.
We can get to that later. Ok, so first of all you start with the white side up and we don’t want to make any creases right away. We’re just going to fold in half and just pinch right up here. You don’t want to crease there. Just so we know
where it is. And do the same again, fold to that creaseline and just crease the corner on this side right here. Now what we want to do is going to bring this edge to this corner crease, right here, but we’re going to go a little further. It’s pretty much up to taste. I like to go just a little too far. And then crease right along here. All the way, strong crease. Ok, and on the same side here we’re going to just a little bit. This is going to be the match heads, so just whatever you feel comfortable with. So these will end up being the matches and this will end up being the book, here. Ok, so we have it like this, flip the model over, this way. And once again we’re just going to pinch. So, take this edge to this edge and just pinch right here. Don’t crease the whole way across. Unfold, now bring this edge to the crease that you made. It doesn’t have to be exact because it doesn’t really matter. Make sure your paper doesn’t drift though. Ok, so fold all the way across this way so you just crease this corner right here. Keep that folded, turn the paper around and do the same thing on the other side. So bring this edge to that other edge. And now we have this. Now we’re going to do it again, so bring this edge to the middle. So, fold right on top where you did before. So you have lots of layers of paper here so make sure you crease all the way through. Flip around and do the same thing on the other side. So, you have this here, you can fold here if you want, where this color meets the white, but it’s not that important. Because we can fold that later. But here’s what is important. We have our model. Youre going to bring this edge to this color-change right here. But make sure you only crease about halfway. Just guesstimate it, it doesn’t have to be perfect. So you made this crease right here. Flip the model over and do the same thing on this side. So just crease to the middle, nice and strong, and you have this v-shape right here. Do the same thing on this side. There’s more layers of paper so it’ll be more difficult, but bring it to that edge and crease really strongly right there, just to the halfway point. You made a crease right here. Flip around, do the same thing. Really strong crease just to the middle. So we have our diamond shape I said we were going to have. This is it, right here. Now, what you want to do is open this flap right here and on this side too, so keep this folded in the middle. just fold those corner creases down. And since you have valley folds right here this should just pop up. We just creased right here and right here. Got it? The other thing is you’re going to take this flap and push it down like this. If you folded before it should go right along that edge. If not, it will form very naturally. And those other two creases you made
should be right here and right here. We made them mountain folds, before they were valley, but they should just pop up easily. Turn the model sideways and this crease we have right here? Just fold back along that, back to this middle crease here. Flip over to the other side, like so. Now we’re going to form the matches. In this middle right here just fold in a little bit, just to make a match. It doesn’t matter if it looks ugly down here,
we’re going to hide that. Same thing on this side, just fold up a little bit to make a match, like so. Now, flip around and fold down a little bit, then fold up a little bit. You do want this gap in the middle
to make it look like there were more matches. Lots and lots of matches. So, now we have this. Our matches. Now you’re going to take this edge and fold up just enough. You can fold along right here, but if you don’t want to you can fold a little less than that. Again there’s LOTS of layers of paper here so make sure you crease nice and strong. So here’s our matches and the base of the book, and now we’re just going to finish folding the cover. We’re going to make 2 folds here to make this the complete matchbook. We see where the top of the matches are. Where that lines up, go a little bit above that. So not much, I just went a tiny bit, and crease that down, like this. So the matches are here, a little higher creasing down. Now as you can see, it’s a little too long, but we want that, its a good thing. If we went to the quarter, that wouldn’t have worked. We are going to make a second crease,
so here’s the first one, go a little further, about the same amount of space. Or, go ahead and tuck into this pocket and just crease where you want to make it lay flat up here. You don’t want any roundedness. Your matchbook, by me, Grace, is entirely done! It’s pretty simple, huh? Just showing you again, this is the outside. There’s a little bit of white here, it’s going to be there, there’s not much
you can do about it, I’m sorry. But I kind of like the color-change. As you can see it’s flat in the pocket and you just open it up. And you’ve got your matches. And that’s it! Fold it up, Once again, one fold, two folds. And I hope my instructions were clear. I hope I was clear. And if not I’ll put captions as well. There you go. Let me know what you think, thank you! Just one final note, I almost forgot. You’ll find that this likes to come undone rather easliy. Which is understandable. What you can do is there are two little pockets, right here and one right here that we made. You can just tuck this edge into those pockets like this, and it’ll stay closed much more securely. I just thought that would help and
I would let you know, enjoy!

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