With paper cubes you can create fun games, Christmas decorations and many other items. Choose different types of paper and different techniques to make origami suitable for any occasion! Read the instructions.
Method 1 of 2: Basic Cube
Step 1. Get a sheet of paper
The bigger it is, the bigger the cube will become.
Step 2. Trace the main body
In the center of the paper, draw a long rectangle and divide it into four 5 cm squares.
Step 3. Create a face of the cube
To the right of the second square from the top, draw another square.
Step 4. Create the second face
To the left of the second square from the top, draw another square.
- At this point it should look like a cross made up of six squares of the same size, and the longest part should be pointing downwards.
If you have a printer, you can search online and find a printable model of the size you prefer. Often these models have "tabs" that help hold the cube together.
Step 5. Using scissors or a utility knife, cut along the outer edges of the figure
If you printed the pattern with the tabs, be careful not to cut them off!
Step 6. Fold the paper template
Fold inward at each line.
If you need to use glue, fold the tabs inwards as well
Step 7. Align the faces
The last square at the bottom should be parallel to the one in the center.
Step 8. Finish your box
Tape all the faces together with duct tape, and that's it!
If you want to glue the tabs, use a couple of drops of hobby glue, or some gel glue, and hold the faces of the cube for a few minutes
Step 9. Finished
Method 2 of 2: Fold an Origami
Step 1. Take a square sheet of paper
Fold it in half and then reopen it. Fold it diagonally and unfold it again. Repeat on the other diagonal.
Step 2. Form a kind of tent
Following the folds you made earlier, close the sheet so that the diagonals become the sides of a triangle. Squeeze the paper well to make it flatten.
Step 3. Fold the corners
Keep the open part of the triangle facing you and fold one corner of the top layer of paper upwards.
Step 4. Then fold the tip of the small triangle you just formed towards the midline of the larger triangle
Step 5. Close the triangles
Take the tip of the first corner that you folded upwards and bring it down as you see in the figure and then fit it into the small pocket that has thus formed. Flatten well.
Step 6. Repeat the entire procedure for the other side in a mirror image
Step 7. Turn the paper over and repeat the same steps for the other two corners
Step 8. Fold the top and bottom tips towards the center
Step 9. Divide the sides
Open them so that, looking at the sheet from above, they form a kind of X.
Step 10. Blow to open the cube
Give a quick and decisive blow of air into the hole that has formed on the tip, to open the cube as if it were a balloon. In this way the cube will take shape; pinch the edges to give it a defined shape and have fun!
- If you want, you can draw dots on the faces of the cube to turn it into a dice!
- Make paper boxes of different sizes and colors, then put small lights inside them and use them as decoration. Don't leave them within the reach of children, though!