Open box Origami

How to make a simple origami paper box


I’ve been constantly on the move lately, I did not have a proper desk and tabletop-furnishings to work with. Pretty much everything I use will be trashed when I leave for my next destination. As such, I did not want to buy anything if I could help it.

My work desk had been a mess with pens, rulers, pliers, beads, strings, needles, and miscellaneous art project materials scattered everywhere. Add the bits of rubbish from discarded cloth scraps, trimmed wires and ropes, and eraser dusts … I was running out of flat surfaces to work with.

So, I needed boxes. Small ones for beads and spools. Medium ones for pens and rulers. Big ones for pliers and cloths and paracords. Boxes that would fit on my desk and are free!

So, I thought I might as well re-use (aka up-cycle) the magazines and brochures (spam) from my snail mails. The ones from my alma mater and banks have nice glossy thick paper that makes pretty sturdy boxes. They also come in convenient sizes, such as A3 (by removing the staples from magazines), A4, and square (at least spam can be useful).

Next, I tried looking for a simple origami pattern to make boxes. There are many. Unfortunately, most produced boxes that were too small, about 1/8 the size of the paper. The one pattern that did not do so, had an uneven bottom. So, I fiddled around with A4 and squared-A4 papers to come up with my own design.

In the process:

  • I made myself many little wastepaper baskets and stationery containers.
  • No more hunting for little plastic bags for sunflower seed shells.
  • I learn how to draw simple origami crease patterns.
  • I finally found a good use for my phone camera.
  • I finally get around to learn how to use a video editing software.
  • I learn how to make instruction video (crappy but understandable, I hope).


Now, on with the origami box.

This design uses square paper. There are two possible ways to fold it using the same creases.

Design 1:

Corners are folded outside the box.


Crease pattern for design 1:


Video instruction for design 1:

Origami tutorial: Square open box (Part 1)

Design 2:

Corners are folded inside the box.


Crease pattern for design 2:


Video instruction for design 2:

Origami tutorial: Square open box (Part 2)


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Mulberry Leaf Tea Part 3 – Fresh vs Dried

Mulberry tea series : Part 1 – Fresh, Part 2 – Dried, Part 3 – Fresh vs Dried

Now that I have tried both versions of mulberry tea, it is time to make a comparison.

Mulberry tea – fresh vs dried

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Mulberry Leaf Tea Part 2 – Dried

Mulberry tea series : Part 1 – Fresh, Part 2 – Dried, Part 3 – Fresh vs Dried

Preparing my own mulberry tea leaves turned out to be easier than I thought. All I needed were fresh leaves and lots of hot sunshine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mulberry Leaf Tea Part 1 – Fresh

Mulberry tea series : Part 1 – Fresh, Part 2 – Dried, Part 3 – Fresh vs Dried

My first encounter with the word Mulberry came from the nursery rhyme “Round the mulberry bush” in preschool. I always had this vision of strange waist-high rounded bush.

In my twenties, when I was busy devouring documentaries and obsessing about the origin of every items we take for granted, I found out mulberry is what you feed silkworms. Mulberry was transformed from a European to a Chinese flora. Even so, I still had no idea what Mulberry, both tree and fruit look like. There must be a berry kind of fruit, right? It’s in the name. I imagined it would be round, like blueberries or cherries.

A few years ago, my dad planted a tree and called it mulberry tree. Mum went on about the manifold benefits of mulberry, from fruits, to leaves, to bark, and even the white mold that grows on it. Traditional Chinese medicine had been using mulberry for a long long time.

Now, I know what mulberry looks like. It’s not a waist-high round bush. It’s a tree, with small hairy elongated clustered fruits. What strange transformations mulberry had taken to get to the real thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apong Balik (Malaysian-style pancake)

Apong Balik (Malaysian rice pancake)

Apong or apom or apam is a rice flour, coconut milk based pancake. It can have fillings, such as sliced banana, brown sugar, palm sugar, margarine, ground peanuts, etc. I don’t like banana, so this is one way I would choose to eat banana.

It is a street food, commonly found in Kedah and Penang. It is popularly eaten as breakfast or snacks.


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(Translation) Muga no Kyouchi and derivatives

Translations of Muga no Kyouchi and its derivatives.

Kanji: 無我の境地
Hiragana: むが の きょうち
Romaji: muga no kyouchi
Translated as State of Self-Actualisation.
無(mu)- No
我 (ga) – I
無我 (muga) – egoless
の (no) – of
境地(kyouchi) – state or situation

Literally translated as State of No-Self, Muga this is a concept borrowed from Zen Buddhism muga-mushin(無我無心)– no-self, empty-mind. Muga-mushin is cultivated in higher levels of martial arts (budou/bujutsu).

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I am old and I like it

I’ve gone from being the young fresh grad, up and coming, to the experienced, mentor. I’m not guru or sage. I’ll probably be the first to tell you there are a lot of things I don’t know and there are a lot of things I need to learn.

When I mix with colleagues who are on the ground, very likely, they are about 10 years younger than me. I am in a somewhat unique situation. I get to mix with the ‘younger’ generation without them realising I’m actually not one of their generation. I look and dress younger than my more mature contemporary peers. Yeah, I get flack for being childish and refusing to grow up and acting my age. So what? Read the rest of this entry »

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