Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty and star-shaped boxes

For little presents, you might prefer a small box to wrapping paper, so today’s post offers two options.

The first box is made from two pentagons.

It is large enough to hold 1 cup (about 240 ml) of navy beans. Yes, I measured.

You can download the pdf here. Print on lightweight card stock, score on all the dashed and dotted lines, then cut out along the solid lines.

Valley fold all the dashed lines, then mountain fold the dotted ones. Flatten the piece, firmly fold in the three tabs (the narrow strips outside the upper pentagon), and apply your preferred adhesive to them. Fold the bottom half of the box up along the line between the two pentagons and press its edges down onto the tabs. Be sure to allow time for your adhesive to dry/set before attempting to pop the box into shape. The final shaping is done by pressing in on the score lines made along the dots. The only tricky bit is tucking the diamond-shaped segment under the triangular segment with the notch. Voila!

There is another pdf here with two smaller box patterns. I tried one in 24# printer paper —just a bit lightweight, so there was some crumpling.

I used the second pattern as a template and made a small box from a recycled Christmas card.

The second star box for the day is an origami lidded box. It was designed by Dennis Walker, who calls the pattern Cherry Blossom Box. I think it qualifies as a star box since, behind the blossom there is a clear 5 point star.

You can download my combined pdf for both box and lid here, or go to Dennis Walker’s page. He was very quick to respond to my request for permission to post his instructions, so he will likely be equally helpful if you get stuck somewhere in the folding. There is a Contact button at the lower left of his page.

Note: if you folded Maying Soong’s Flowered Candy Box, (mentioned while I was posting about the Chinese Thread Book) you have already done what is called “petal fold” in the box lid instructions.

I only had time to fold one of the five units for the lid, and I don’t think I got the angle of my petal fold quite right. I will try again when I have a bit more time.

If you like the look of the box but would prefer not to fold it yourself, FANSHEFOLDS makes them to order through her Etsy page. (That’s one of her stripey boxes above.)

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About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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