Lotuses come to my mind whenever I think of India and Indian culture…though they don’t smell as good as roses or they don’t look as good as my favorite flowers(carnations) I still have a thing for Lotus patterns and designs!

National Flower of India- the Lotus

National Flower of India - the Lotus

IMAGE SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

Want to learn how to make a beautiful paper Lotus box for yourself or to give as a gift? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to make an Indian inspired Lotus box.

Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • 3 squares of handmade paper or origami paper (all three must be the same size-must be of co-coordinating colors )

Instructions:

  1. Gather your supplies
  2. Take the plain cream square. Fold it in half diagonally from edge to edge making an X on the square
  3. Lift and fold down a corner of the square to the center of the X.
  4. Repeat and fold down the other three corners to the center.

    steps 1 to 4

    Make a Lotus Box - steps 1 to 4

  5. Open out the folds. Fold the corner to the nearest fold line as shown.
  6. Repeat the fold for the other three corners.
  7. Fold down the triangle that you just made on the crease made in steps 3 and 4.
  8. Repeat for the other three corners till you have a ‘framed’ square.

    steps 5 to 8

    Make a Lotus Box - steps 5 to 8

  9. Flip the square over. Fold back the square till the right edge touches the center mark.
  10. Repeat on the left edge till it touches the center.
  11. Open out the folds that you made in step 10.
  12. Fold down the top edge till it touches the center mark. Repeat for the bottom edge.

    steps 9 to 12

    Make a Lotus Box - steps 9 to 12

  13. Open the flap on the right side.
  14. Fold down the top right corner to make a triangle along the line.
  15. Fold up the bottom right corner to make a triangle.
  16. Fold back the flap into place.

    Steps 13 to 16

    Make a Lotus Box- steps 13 to 16

  17. Repeat and fold down the corners for the left side. Slide your fingers into the slit.
  18. Use your fingers to spread out and open out the box.
  19. Pinch the 4 sides of the box to make them straight.
  20. The basic box lid is done!! Flip it over..now onto the next part of the lid..hang in there ( I know it’s a looooong tutorial but please bear with me!)
Steps 17 to 20

Make a Lotus Box - Steps 17 to 20

Lotus For the Box

A) Take the printed cream and gold square. Fold it in half diagonally from edge to edge making an X on the square.

B) Lift and fold down a corner of the square to the center of the X.
Repeat and fold down the other three corners to the center.

C) Fold down the 4 corners that you made in step B to the center. Flip it over

D) Fold down the 4 corners to the center. Your square should look like the one in the picture..

Lotus box- Steps A to D

Lotus box- Steps A to D

E) Flip the box over again. Lift up one point(corner)  from the center and fold back till it touches the end corner.

F) Repeat for the other 3 points in the first layer.

G) Fold back the 4 points of the second layer to touch the meeting points of the triangles in the first layer.

H) Place this square on top of the box lid you made earlier. Push the triangles you made in Step D in to the slits on all four sides of the lid. This should make the lotus part sit on top of the lid.

Lotus box-steps E to H

Lotus box-steps E to H

You’re almost done! Just make a basic box base from the last square sheet (gold color). Refer to my tutorial on the basic origami box.

Cover the box with the lid and you’re done!!

Basic Box base and Completed Lotus Box

Basic Box base and Completed Lotus Box

Did you like the box?? Please send me pictures if you make this box.

Jai Ho!!

NOTE: This box was not designed by me…I learned how to make it from a library book I borrowed years ago…I have forgotten who the designer is :( But I wanted to share it just cos it’s soooo pretty!

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