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? πŸ™‚

  • ele

    i mean adults

  • lol

    this took me 30 min ! the 7 was hard!  but it was nice! http://


  • PatrickandI

    this sucked… a lot. my friend patrick and i sat here trying to make this stupid bowl… and like, who has time to sit there and make bowls out of paper anyway? some stupid spanish people looking to put rice in it? this blows.

    have a good day <3

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  • sara

    this stupid thing didnt work! I sat here for ever trying to make this annoying thing, and it didn’t work.



    kodys a loser


    joking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1…well this a waste byes

  • DUDE!!!!

    I have been eating wasabi peas at work and the bag is so annoying. I’m so glad I found this!!! The instructions were simple and I now have a pimp paper box bowl at my desk. Thanks!!!

  • meeeee

    omg it took me ten minutes and i dun it on my 1st go yay! u adults are rubbish


  • bEN
    The Origami

    U Lost Me In Da middle

  • annelise
    it works!!

    brilliant! many thanks for taking the time to perform this simple act of generosity and sharing your knowledge. you made my internet day!! good on you!

  • mama

    you sunk

  • ele

    gret means great

  • jessica

    i absolutely love this!  if you use newspaper, plant starter seeds in them and then plant the whole thing when the plant is ready.  it’s really good for the plant!  thanks!

  • anonymoussssssssssssssssss
    that’s cool!!

    WOW! I really enjoyed it and I will do this a lot more.

  • dolphin

    If you want to see a video of this being made heres the link..

  • origamigirl

    thanks i needed this my birthday was great and i did not spend a dime


  • kittykat
    im better at it then all u peeps

    im so much better at this thing then all u peeps i did it in like 2 mins

  • kittykat
    im still better!!!

    i have now been able to finish this box in 30 secs and am getting even faster.

    PS: im better then yous

    PPS:i like kittykats and pickled eggs!!!

  • kittykat
  • matt

    this is the first real piece that ive done, it took me some time, directions could have been a “bit” beeter but this is so cool, make one πŸ™‚ yeah!!!!!

  • ??i don’t get 1 part

    i don’t really get this part where is says Then fold the whole thing over the white part (over the other folds) and press it good and hard.the step is #10 i dont get it what white part there is lots!!help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • coolperson

    thats pretty cool also i want to know where to get the cool paper from!!!!!!!!!

  • Victoria

    I love it!

  • Ash
    EASY Origami!

    This of one of the most useful origami I’ve ever come across.It’s really good and an easy to dispose paper craft.What other origami do you make?Have you got any more origami ideas and instructions?

    P.S:I really liked your project….Good job Greggman!

  • eimeon_79

    thank for a nice photo and demo… i already know how to make but i forgot so when i see the photos i already recall…. thank you very much



  • DatNT
    origamaniac ^^

    wow, doumo, sugoiiiiiiiiiiiiii desune πŸ˜€

    DONE IT!!!!

    it’s a pity i don’t have a camera to take a photo to show, I’ll so my work next time πŸ˜€

    i knew ur site for a long time, it’s better than the version that I’ve visited to look for a Japanese Editor.

    I’m looking forward ur simple but effective tips like this as well as ur Japanese entries.

    Mα»™t lαΊ§n nα»―a xin cαΊ£m Ζ‘n ^^ (thanks again – Vietnamese)

  • priscilla
    LOVE IT!!

    i love love it. it helps me alot. thanks! pictures very useful and easy to follow

  • Corby
    i love you

    i needed to make an origami box thing for a school project, and i’ve been searching for a good hour for something, anything i could use. and you are amazing. i can actually understand your directions and their not 3095987245237534598354345 pages long. thank you very very much =] β™₯

  • solange

    I stumbled onto your website and  thought your instructions looked  simple, so I had to give it a shot.  Lo and behold, I actually made a box. I’m so darned tickled!  My first origami experience, and it won’t be the last.

    Thank you Gregg.

  • blahblah

    This is too hard…i dont get this at all…its no very helpful!! :((

  • SAD

    i think that this was one of the most helpful set of instructions i’ve ever used when it comes to origami!!! thanks they turned out great…i used them to hold candy that i gave to my friends for christmas!!

  • happynow

    thanks!!! your instructions are simple and easy to understand! yay! I finally made a bowl!!!!:D

  • fabulous

    thanks dude. this really helped.


    I’m confused what do I do on step seven????

  • shuli

    thanks for putting this up! your instructions are easy to follow and the good pictures are like the cherry on the cake! THANKS!

  • Wow and linked your site

    I am a visual person on dial up πŸ™‚ YouTube is great but a vid takes all night to load…grr! Your pictorial was perfect and fit nicely on my new Squidoo lens. Thanks for sharing, hope you get some hits! Psst…my site should be live 02-01-2008.

  • ydoucare

    this box is strange… unlike any i’ve seen before. only problem is, when i get out those greasy chips, i get oil on the table:( paper isn’t very thick!!! step 7 is kind of dumb how do you get whats shown in the diagram

  • alexis

    this iz so fn hard i dont think i can do that

  • lesso

    this website is shit why did they make it

  • Bored retired lady

    That was the easiest instructions I have ever seen, I search for those kinds and they are not there, couldn’t you please put some more on the web?  Soon?  I made so many Easter baskets and gave to everyone filled with goodies……..Please hurry so I can make more boxes to wow myself with……………Jannie

  • tara
    easy and hao

    omg i usally suck at ANYTHING WITH INSTUCTIONS but this was easy πŸ™‚ (i made 2 because my first one was diformed :D)

  • mehheh
    kewl πŸ™‚

    thats very cool! πŸ™‚

  • origamigoddess
    taht’s great

    it’s a pretty nice bowl and i used it to contain my chips, now altogether i know how to make 6 origami boxes!!!

  • sarah

    i love origami=]

    its so much fun to make. I agree with your opinion that origami can be made for useful purposes but, i think the art aspect of origami is an important one to look at.


    thanks so much for your great bowl tutorial, it was quick and easy.:D

  • DougT

    Great little bowl to make.  I like how your photos and instructions are easy to follow.  Some origami instructions are very difficult to follow.  Canon has some origami with easy to follow instructions too.

    Thanks for the info.  

  • vicki
    thank you!

    i learned how to make this as a kid and totally forgot. as it is cherry season, i tried to look up how to do it on the web and found your site. by step 3 or so, the muscle memory kicked in and i didn’t have to continue reading. thank you!

  • julie

    thank you so much gregg you rock

  • chef

    nice box =)