The Origami Fox Box for the Beginner Paper Folder Child

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The Origami Fox Box for the Beginner Paper Folder Child : Great for Easter Grab Gift Bags


Years ago, and I mean “years,” I had the great opportunity to try origami at school.  I actually loved it and most of the people in my class enjoyed creating various objects out of paper.  In fact, the love of paper folding quickly became a common past time in my school and we would make everything from cootie catchers to little paper balls.

One thing that I have noticed is that paper folding crafts are still a big hit with kids and my own children have brought home their own share of cootie catchers and paper balls. One of their favorite paper crafts that they have brought home is the Fox Box.  This is a very simple paper craft and is excellent for a beginner paper folder.  It doesn’t require very much skill and only uses simple folding techniques.  In addition, the Fox Box is quick to make and you can hide little treasures inside, which are perfect for grab bags. These are also great for Easter grab bags.

The Fox Box for the Beginner Paper Folder : How to Make a Fox Box with 3 pieces of paper’



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Gather all the materials you need:

  • Printed or Origami Paper: You will need 3 sheets of  paper that has a print on one side or a decorative origami paper
  • Scissors or a straight-edge cutter
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Treasure or Trinket (optional)

1.    Carefully cut out 3 squares, one from each sheet of paper.  The best measurement is 6 inches by 6 inches but you can make it smaller or larger depending on the end result that you would like.  If your child is able to cut the paper by himself, then feel free to allow him to do so.


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2.    Give your child one piece of paper and have him fold it in half diagonally until the top edge is in line with the bottom edge.  Your child should be left with a large triangle.  Make sure that the print is on the outside of the triangle.


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3.    Fold the triangle in half to form a new, smaller triangle by bringing the corner over to the side of the other corner.  Have your child crease the paper and then fold the triangle open again to reveal the first triangle with a crease down the center.


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4.    Now you are ready to create a square with the paper.  Have your child take one corner from the bottom of the triangle and fold it along the crease that runs down the center of the large triangle.  Crease the paper and then unfold it.  Flip the paper over and fold the same piece to the center fold, crease and then fold it back.  This should create a hinged crease where the paper can fold both ways without difficulty.

5.    Repeat the process with the other corner of the paper.  Your child will be left with a small square of folded paper.


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6.    At the top of the large triangle, fold down one edge so there is a small white triangle showing at the top.


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7.    Repeat steps 2 to 6 with the other two pieces of paper.


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8.    Once you have all the paper folded, it is time for your child to start assembling his fox box.  At this point, depending on your child’s age, you may need to assist your child with the assembly. Take two of the folded papers and slide them together.  To do this, you slide the two small triangles, “ear shaped paper” between the folded paper at the top of the large triangle with the other paper.  This means that the two smaller triangles will slide under the small white triangle in the main body of the paper.


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9.    With the third piece of paper, repeat the process except you will need to close the box by sliding the small triangles under the third paper.  Crease the paper whenever needed as you make the paper fit together.


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10.  Finish the fox box by decorating it with stickers (optional) and place a treasure into the fox box if you desire to do so.

The first time you and your child makes a fox box, it will feel as though you are all thumbs when you assemble the box but after the first time, it becomes very easy to create the box.


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27 Comments

  1. Brenda

    03.30.2009

    How fun! We will have to try this one very soon, too! 🙂

  2. Blaunt

    06.28.2009

    I am an adult who has done traditional Origami for several years, and yet I found your directions very confusing. It would help if you would label each corner of each of the 3 pieces with a letter, and then use those letters in the instructions. In addition, you should draw a diagram of the steps (rather than use a photograph) as they do in Origami books. It would be much clearer.

  3. liam

    07.04.2009

    i know how to make a mario 64 origami

  4. admin

    07.04.2009

    Hi Liam. That is really neat. Can you show us how?

  5. Bella

    07.16.2009

    wow soooo kool i could make a better on though

  6. mamta

    07.23.2009

    hi liam,
    this is mamta.well nice fox boxes
    .i m lookin 4 simple houseboats india-[srinagar+kerala] paper fopldin/model makin activity for 1st std kids
    i guess u vl be ab 2 help me vth this
    waitin 4 ur rep at mamta_duseja@rediffmail.com
    vl mean a lot 2 me n my students
    bye
    t.c
    mamta

  7. Dee

    09.29.2009

    Hi,
    Sorry, I have to agree with Blaunt. Directions given and pictures supplied just don’t seem to fit – fitting the first two pieces of paper was simple, but there is no way I can get the third piece to work out. If there was some way to see how the craft from point 9 ended up like in picture for point 10, never mind the final outcome, then this would be a really fun craft to do with the kids!!
    But really a huge thanks for sharing!!!

  8. sumant

    10.12.2009

    Its very confusing,
    How to do it,
    But ya its a very good paper bag if it is done,
    I think u should take a video clip of this all.

  9. Dave

    11.24.2009

    ellow nice work!!

  10. Dave

    11.24.2009

    : )

  11. kristen

    11.29.2009

    how cool is this?

  12. Hayley

    11.30.2009

    I’ve been poking the internet for origami ideas for gift boxes, and found this. I strongly disagree with previous comments, I found this very simple and easy to follow! It does take a bit of fiddling to get the three pieces together, but when your doing it the instructions make perfect sense.
    Thank you for a very useful tutorial!

  13. Kyung Conde

    12.06.2009

    Great blog post. Bookmarked it already. take care.

  14. I just made one of these and it is so awesome…and easy!!! I think I am going to send a whole bunch of these with my husband to his office “valentines party” with something yummy hidden inside. Too cool=)

  15. jessa

    03.03.2010

    its nice, to look at those work of art, well , Its okey! keep up!

  16. Lucy

    05.20.2010

    I got stuck as soon as i tryed lol. XxXx

  17. luz

    09.05.2010

    my child and i didn’t get how to build it you should have a video

  18. shreea

    10.15.2010

    hey i can’t get the eighth step…… it’s too confusing……….

  19. Laiqa

    11.19.2010

    Hello,
    I really liked your instructions and comments I strongly agree with all of the previous comments unfortunetly
    I have to go and get out to go on my flight and i didn’t have any scissors so hopefully i will be able to get back on to this website and actually do this ill try to buy some from saudi because im going to live there because im arabic.

  20. shane

    11.24.2010

    the origami is nice and colorful.good work

  21. AMINA

    12.21.2010

    niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  22. Cindy in Indy

    12.26.2010

    A printable template would be helpful and one page that you can print out with the instructions. 🙂 Thanks

  23. Do-a-video-please-i-cant-follow-the-insturctions!

    01.29.2011

    i like the idea but i cant follow the instuctions so please please do a video even my mum cant do it or my dad or any of my realitivs (that means siblings lol)

  24. pricila

    11.27.2011

    I like this site but you can explain in a video

  25. admin

    11.28.2011

    Hi guys…sorry that you are having so many problems…this craft was done by a freelancer who doesn’t work here anymore so I can’t help you with instructions – but I found a youtube video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaL7yHtj47I that shows you how to make a Fox Box. I hope that it helps.

  26. admin

    11.28.2011

    This video is in Spanish, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMSX0tq4ZCs … but it is filmed better so it might help you too.

  27. evelyn

    06.22.2012

    hi

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