Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Three and a Menko CD Case

I have written about the one-sheet menko before. As well as being an interesting structure for a valentine greeting, or serving as the smallest compartment in a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book, it can be used as a CD case.

The only drawback is that you need quite a large sheet of paper or lightweight cardstock. (I would use the latter if I planned to mail the CD.) The surface area of the paper provides a large space for text and images, should you wish to have either or both of those, and the menko is a sturdy container when closed.

To fit a standard CD, your paper square needs to measure 37 cm/14.5in on a side. Here’s the crease pattern.

You can find step-by-step folding instructions on my Valentine post from 2015.

If you want to read more about the history of the menko or puzzle purse, there’s a short post on David Mitchell’s website, Origami Heaven.

Jam tarts tomorrow!

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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3 Responses to Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Three and a Menko CD Case

  1. wendyfe says:

    Loving these origami art posts, Cathryn!


  2. Pingback: Boxing Day and an Index for the Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019 | Byopia Press

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