Useful Origami

Of course I love Origami as a art and as an activity but I'd never seen any origami with a practical use until today.  It's a very simple to make bowl.  It only takes a few seconds, it's easy to remember and it's very useful.  It seemed so useful I had to have my friend teach me and so I pass it on to you.

Step 0:

You need a piece of paper and it must be rectangular.  A square piece of paper will not work.  In fact it's best if you have a normal 8 1/2 by 11 or A4 piece of paper.  I used a two colored piece to hopefully make it easier to see how I'm folding but a regular piece of normal paper works just fine.

Step 1:

Fold it in half

Step 2:

Fold it in half again

Step 3:

Unfold it once then fold the corner in and match it up to the center.

Step 4:

Fold the opposite corner similarly

Step 5:

Open the previous fold and turn it inside out

Step 6:

Do the same for the other side/fold as well

Step 7:

Notice in the picture on the right the blue area at the bottom. The middle is separated. If yours looks like that you need to flip over the sides so only white is showing, so there is no separation at the bottom.

Step 8:

Now fold one of edges over to the center.

Step 9:

Do the same for the opposite edge and the 2 edges on the other side.

Step 10:

Now, the blue part (end part), fold it over in 3rds

The next 3rd should line up with the white (the bottom of the other folds)
Then fold the whole thing over the white part (over the other folds) and press it good and hard.
Step 11:

Do the same for the opposite side

Step 12:

Fold the bottom point up.  This fold is only to make a crease.

press it good and hard to make a good crease
Step 13:

Now open the bowl


Put something in it. It's great for parties or for handing out some chips, crackers, nuts etc at the office or whatever.  My friend that taught me would get a bag of crackers, whip out 3 or 4 of these boxes and then pass them out with crackers in them.  Better than just piling them on a napkin don't you think? 🙂

  • aminakshi

    it’s GOOD and very comfortble))

  • Mary

    Thisidea is very cute, and it helps me to finish my hmework to teach my classmates to do something step by step.Thank you!

  • anonymousperson
    Just a Tip

    On the last step, where it says to fold up the point, just to make a crease……. After you unfold the point, fold up the point on the other side also, then unfold it. I find it a little easier to open that way.

    Anyway, thanks for the help, now I can make them without having to look at instructions. Thanks!

  • JAH
    I DID IT! thanks!

    haha this is awesome. super easy to follow.

  • bigmac

     thx man u de best……. i use it 4 nuts :-] 😉

  • ihateppl

    u suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jk i lov it

  • anticitizen

    I was doing fine until the last pic.

    I couldn’t finish it. I don’t have any chips. 🙁

  • Raiv

    I’m new to the whole origami thing but I loved it! I made a rabbit for easter and than I attempted this box (only my 2nd origami attempt, ever) and stumbled where everyone else did (between 5 & 6) but when I stood back looking at mine and the pics on the site- it became clear and understandable. These boxes are easy and fun! Thank you for making the instructions and the site. Love it!

  • terisha

    I tried many times but I cant make this bowl

  • IWannaBeAnOrigamiMaster
    I did it

    I did it, and I am under 10.

  • izabel

     ha, can you put something a little easely I need help

  • earth

    yeah!! nice one! thanks!

  • AngryObserver
    This is a Scam

    I used this bowl for my morning cereal with limited success.

  • anonymousti
    sad but happy

    at one point I accidently cut something but thing and was extadic

  • Someoneinneedofabowl
    One thing..

    Excellent picture essay – I only have one criticism.. I wasn’t sure what was going on in the picture between steps 9 and 10 and it kind of threw me off. Other than that, this is easy and so highly useful. Thanks!

  • Natalie

    thanks! my mother is obsessed with making them now. lol!

  • Henry

    Yeah, it seems very simple, but I can’t understand step 5. Help?

  • Lala

    Amazing, I have never managed to make any Origami before. Brilliant instructions. Now I have something to put my biscuits in before I hand them around the office, exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.

  • FredinHouston
    Thanks for saving my breakfast!!!

    I was stuck at work this morning and needed a bowl to mix/eat my cereal and yogurt in. I found your wonderful step-by-step and just had a great breakfast!! I’ll never use another dispo bowl again! Thanks!

  • joosh

    no hablano espanol

  • Louise

    Brilliant!!! Useful Origami!!! Louise, Ireland

  • Tots

    This bowl is AWESOME!

  • this is soo easy ive had harder things like a papertank and a moon and star thing

  • jack


  • Lol

    Lol i keep my gold bar in here =)

  • Scotflower

    I’ve done lots of origami, and I love making containers. this is by far my favorite one. it holds it’s shape very well…I definately like the idea of using it for snack bowls, and the size is perfect. I found the instructions very easy. Thank you so much for posting this!

  • Ken

    I love this origami box. I have taught it to many students (and yes, we have put potato chips in them — this always gets a laugh) and I also use them on my desk as both permanent containers (paper clips, etc.) and just something to amuse people. I have provided a link to my students from here:

  • Claudia

    I messed up,but I improvised and folded and adorable liile vase. I just hung it up.

  • Mr.Guyface

    Awesome! at first i folded it upside down, but i flipped the fold and finished perfectly!

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  • Mamadechupi

    great box! pretty easy origami project. Thanks!

  • Joelle

    I am looking for double-sided rectangular origami paper. PLEASE can you help me? It’s for my wedding invitations… Thank you!

  • Sashabella14

    The only step I understand is STEP 1!!!!!!!!!!! COMPLETE WASTE OF PAPER! DX

    I have NO clue what position the paper is in!

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  • Mia Warrensmith

    I get stuck on step 5 PLEASE HELP!! Great though

  • jeanette duurvoort

    These are wonderful-art of Origami is form and function. Be useful will you zone out. Along with this…make your cranes of peace. A nosh with friends-thats a reason to celebrate.

  • Kent

    Hi, thanks for the sharing I have written an article for that at 🙂

  • Kate McNess

    Awesome 😋