Fold this origami ashtray from foil or foil-backed paper. This traditional model folds up very quickly and is a good beginner’s project. All you’ll need to begin folding is a square of paper and a place to work. You can experiment with squares of different sizes until you find one that renders the desired ashtray size.
Use any paper you happen to have on hand for your practice models. A standard sheet of copy paper (or similar) will work. After you have successfully completed one or two models, then move on to the paper you want for the final version.
The only other thing you’ll need to have before you start folding is a suitable surface upon which to fold. A suitable surface is one that is stable, hard, and flat. Folding against this type of surface will allow you to make the accurate folds and sharp creases needed for a successful model. Run a ruler or pencil edge over each crease as you work for even sharper creases.
Follow the directions carefully. Read each step before you attempt it and only move on to the next step after you are sure that you have correctly completed all previous steps.
- Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, make sure that the color you want for the exterior of the ashtray is facing up.
- Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the upper right point of the model down to its center. Use the intersection of crease lines made in Steps 2 and 3 as a guide.
- Repeat Step 4 for the remaining three points of the model to form a diamond shape.
- Turn the model over and position it so that edges are facing up and down, left and right.
- Repeat Steps 4-5. Unfold.
- Turn the model over and unfold the creases made in Steps 4-5. Turn the model over once more and position it so that its edges are facing up and down, left and right.
- Pinch each edge of the model together at its midpoint so that each edge lifts up and moves toward the center of the model. Each edge should rise along the existing crease lines, leaving a square-shaped bottom.
- Pinch the corners of the model together and bring each of the edge’s midpoints down to lie flat at the center. This should leave you with four triangular flaps sticking up from the model, one at each corner.
- Keep the top layer of the model secure at the center and open up the bottom left flap. Push down at the flap’s point to create a square shaped flap at the model’s bottom left.
- Repeat Step 11 for the remaining three flaps.
- Locate the interior point of the bottom left flap and curl it backward. Repeat for the remaining three flaps.
- Open up the top layer of the model to finish the ashtray.