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Origami Cube with One Sheet

Discover the art of folding a 3D origami cube with a single sheet of paper. This step by step tutorial is perfect for beginners.

Skills Required: None. This is a perfect paper project for beginners, and cubes can be used in a variety of other projects. Get a video at the bottom of the post showing all the folds.

origami cube tutorial

Welcome to I Love Origami, your go-to place for everything paper folding! Today, I’m thrilled to share a fun project that’s perfect for beginners and seasoned folders alike: the origami cube.

With just one 6″ square sheet of paper, you’ll be amazed at how quickly and easily you can create this charming 3D paper cube.

It’s a versatile piece that can be used in a variety of other projects – from decorations and ornaments to fun educational tools for kids. You could make a colorful garland out of these cubes, or even give them as unique gift boxes for tiny surprises. The possibilities are endless!

how to make an origami cube

In this post, I’ll guide you through each step with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. You’ll learn how to make all the right folds, ensuring your cube comes out perfect every time. And don’t worry if you’re new to origami – I’ve got tips and tricks to help you along the way.

While the cube itself may not be deeply rooted in traditional Japanese symbolism, its role in origami is significant. It represents the beauty of geometry, the precision of the craft, and the creative potential inherent in a simple piece of paper.

cube paper folding

So, grab your paper, find a cozy spot, and let’s get folding! Trust me, once you see how simple and enjoyable this project is, you’ll be hooked. Ready to create your own origami cube? Scroll down and let’s get started!

Cube Paper Folding

Begin with a 15 cm (6″) square piece of paper (or size of your choice), colored on both sides. The size of the paper square will determine the size of the finished cube. The cube will be between 38 – 40mm (about 1 1/2″ square).

Do the Base Folds

Place your paper on your surface with the points at the top and bottom. Fold in half, then rotate a half turn and fold in half again.

fold blue origami paper into a triangle, open, then turn and repeat

Turn the paper a quarter turn and repeat what you did before. Fold in half to create a square. Rotate a half turn and fold in half again.

fold in half as a square, quarter turn, then fold again

Create the Sides

The paper is now folded in half with the opening facing up. On both sides, push in on the seams you created to create triangles. Fold both sides in and you will have one large triangle.

push in one side of the triangle then flip over and repeat

Create the Top and Bottom

I know this doesn’t look like a cube yet – bear with me. On each side of the triangle, pick up the flaps and fold toward the center. Crease.

fold up the triangles on both sides toward the center

Fold in the sides of those flaps to touch the center, and smooth down. Fold down the top flaps, and smooth.

fold in the side flaps and then fold both tabs down

Take the top flaps and tuck them into the side flaps – one on the left and one on the right. You may need to check out the video for this step as it’s a little trickier.

fold the tabs at the top into the side flaps on both sides

Once you do this on one side, flip over and repeat the same steps.

flip over and repeat folding in the tabs

Form the Sides

One end of the paper will have a hole – you’re going to blow into this end to inflate the cube, and form the sides.

identify the hole on the side of the cube and blow into it

Use a chopstick or other object (with a blunt end) to help you form the rest of the cube. Stick it into the hole and crease each edge of the cube.

use a chopstick to form the rest of the cube

And now you have a cube – that you can place on any end. These look great in just about any color! I love having a big bowl of them as part of my home decor.

origami paper cube

Are you ready for the video? Learn cube paper folding below. Then let me know what you think in the comments!