Modified origami box

The nested lid and receptacle of a traditional origami Masu box is functionally compact, but I often find the snug fitted design difficult to open.
I allayed the shortcomings of my rather deft-less fingers by inserting a strip of card into the box. This heightens the lid and creates room for gripping.

Modified origami boxes

I also experimented with knotting loops on the top and bottom of the boxes, enabling me to pull them apart like Christmas crackers. This would work well with a box made out of sturdy card stock, for a gift that can handle being bounced around 🙂

Modified origami box

Click here for a good tutorial on making the base of your origami box and then click here for instructions on how to create its lid.

Depending on the size of the paper squares you start out with, these boxes can go as big or as small as you need them.