Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST
Char Morrow
Kathleen Sheridan
Arnold Tubis

Today’s Theme: Boxes

Boxes, bowls, vases! Making origami containers is a popular activity. One of the earliest box designs is the masu box, which is simple and elegant. Traditionally it was used as a way to measure out a standard portion of rice. The masu box and many bowls and vases are made with one sheet of paper, but there are also some wonderful modular boxes in interesting shapes --- square, hexagonal, octagonal….and many more. Arnold Tubis has designed one sheet boxes that have beautiful 3D designs on the top. In collaboration with Crystal Mills, he wrote a book with many box designs and in-depth materials to guide mathematical exploration of these boxes. Char Morrow test-folded all of Arnold and Crystal’s boxes for that book.

Char will teach a 2-color box top that has a decorative "bow" (Box 10 from Unfolding Mathematics with Origami Boxes by Tubis and Mills) and a masu box bottom, sized to match the top. If time permits, she will teach Box 8 from the same book.


2 sheets of paper at least 12-inch (30 cm) square. Duo is a good choice for one of the squares, which will become the top, since both sides can show. The second square will become the bottom and only 1 side will show. Something lighter weight than scrapbooking paper is recommended - kami is a good choice. If you like working with heavy paper that has lots of layers to fold at once, then feel free to use scrapbooking paper, but lighter weight paper will be easier for learning. If time permits I will teach a second box top, so you could have ready an extra square of 10 to 12 inch (24 cm) or larger paper that is not duo.