How to make an origami basket

This basket is a beginner-intermediate level project. Like most other origami projects, it requires that you begin with a piece of paper that has been cut into a true square. You will also need a pencil, ruler, scissors, and an additional piece of paper to form the basket’s handle.

Use any paper you happen to have on hand for practice a standard sheet of copy paper (or similar) works well. After you have successfully completed the model once or twice, move on to colored or patterned paper.

In origami, your work surface must be hard and flat in order to attain the sharpest creases possible. This is very important, as the sharpness of your creases will play a major role in how well your model keeps its shape. Avoid soft, cushioned surface such as couches, pillows, or even your lap. Use a table, hardback book, or a similar surface.

  1. Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right.
  2. Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
  3. Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
  4. Position the square so that the edges are now facing up and down, left and right.
  5. Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold. Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded. You should now have a rectangular-shaped model.
  6. Grasp the model at its left and right edges and push inward. It should collapse along the pre-existing folds. The result will be a diamond shape that has one folded flap sticking out toward the back of the model and another sticking out toward the front.
  7. Bring the front flap back to meet the left point of the diamond and bring the back flap up to meet the right point. Make sure all of the creases are as sharp as possible and that your model lies as flat as possible. Position the model so that the open end is pointing away from you.
  8. Bring the top point of the model (top layer only) down to meet the bottom point. Crease and leave folded.
  9. Turn the model over and repeat Step 8.
  10. Measure the width of the model and cut a strip of paper that is twice as long as this measurement. The strip should be just wide enough to cover the gap at the model’s vertical center.
  11. Use a pencil and ruler to divide the lower half of the model (the portion folded down in Step 8) into five equal horizontal sections. You will draw a total of four horizontal lines.
  12. Place one narrow edge of the paper strip at the first drawn line from the model’s bottom. Center the strip along the line.
  13. Fold the bottom point of the model (top layer only) up to cover the edge of the strip. The tip should come up to meet the second drawn line from the bottom. Crease and leave folded.
  14. Bring the bottom edge of the model (top layer only) up to meet the third drawn line from the bottom. The narrow strip of paper will also be included in this fold and the two that follow. Crease and leave folded.
  15. Bring the bottom edge of the model (top layer only) up to meet the fourth drawn line from the bottom. Crease and leave folded.
  16. Fold the bottom edge up one last time so that it comes to lie along the horizontal center of the model.
  17. Turn the model over and repeat Steps 8-16.
  18. Bring the left point of the model (top layer only) back, in between paper layers, to meet the center of the model. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the model’s right point.
  19. Turn the model over and repeat Step 18.
  20. Open up the model a bit and tuck the top point into its center.
  21. Open up the basket the rest of the way to form a squared shape.

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